The inspiration behind
Every small town has its local heroes whose influence on the artists born and raised there is undeniable; whether they go on to spend the rest of their lives in that town, or end up famous enough to jet-set around the world, it’s often the impact of these initial mentors that remains the most profound.
For Antonis and Dimitris, the creators of Genius Jamtracks, one of theirs is Zacharis; anyone fortunate enough to have heard him play finds themselves humbled. To call Zacharis a drummer would be an understatement: to them, he’s the grandmaster of polyrhythms and the inspiration behind the creation of Genius Jamtracks. The app’s algorithm is designed as a way to give formal coherence to practicing polyrhythms so musicians finally have a tool to practice within the pursuit of becoming improvisers.
Genius Jamtracks is a tribute to Zacharis, a way of sharing with all the musicians around the world who won’t have the chance to meet him, what his genius inspired them to learn.
DRUM SOLO by Zacharias PinakoulakisDRUM SOLO by Zacharias Pinakoulakis
Composer: Zacharias Pinakoulakis (Ζαχαρίας Πινακουλάκης)
Live Recording: ZACH PINAKOULAKIS TRIO
Sunday, 10 February '08
Parafono Jazz Club / Athens, Hellas
Sami Amiris, piano
Pericles Trivolis, ac.bass
Zacharias Pinakoulakis, drums
Zacharias Pinakoulakis, Parafono Jazz Club
Production: Parafono Jazz Club, February, 11/2008
Video recording & arrangement: Hung Sui jr.
ZACH PINAKOULAKIS TRIO
Zacharis, thank you for being a friend,
a mentor and an endless source of inspiration.
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Raised in a musically esoteric family on the outskirts of NYC, Ruby’s first instrument was a 1930’s banjolele and her first gig alongside her grandparents at a local festival at the age of ten. Her father, a prominent jazz bassist, encouraged her pursuit of the bass as a way, as he put it, of “managing unmanageable weight, learning how to carry it great distances, and make it sound marvelous nonetheless”. When she’s not laying down lovely lines with the trio, you can find her working on one of her giant finger painting murals, improvising sketch comedy in unassuming locations like the bank, and generally putting a little bit of magic into everything she does.
Percussion has been a lifelong passion for Earl. From the time he was a child, sounds and rhythm were his primary fascination: how they exuded from every object and how that changed depending upon the impact, how they could be created and developed on a whim with literally anything you could put your hands on. The world has always felt like one giant drum set to him and in his free time he can often be found seeking out and recording the unintentional percussion that occurs from both man and machine in the world around him to incorporate into his own music later.
Jarrett’s first piano was drawn on piece of poster board at the age of six and kept hidden under his bed to practice on the sly after his parents refused to let him play the piano in their house. Entirely self-taught, one of his greatest joys is helping other people learn how to speak through the instrument, no matter how they find their way to it. In addition to creating beautiful melodies with the trio, he loves shooting experimental films in ghost towns, arguing about black holes with misguided strangers on the metro, and being under water whenever possible.
Many thanks to Sami Amiris, Ronan Guilfoyle, Jean-Michel Pilc and Aimee Nolte for the inspiration and resources.