T A K O U S H I S K A R A P A T A K I S P R O J E C T
The Takoushis-Karapatakis Project is a contemporary jazz ensemble from Cyprus, formed in 2008 around the core duo of pianist/composer Marios Takoushis and bassist/composer Gabriel Karapatakis. Their resourceful yet unassuming music disposition, exuding a modern and distinctive European jazz sound based on strong melodies and virtuosic improvisations, defies any self-classification. Their music, based on and developed from the fundamentals of jazz improvisation and individual self-expression, displays original ideas which are inspired by the music traditions of the Mediterranean. And while it does not engage in loud and ostentatious conversations with these traditions, it brings about “memories”, which are stemming from the two artists’ motherland but also from the evolution of the jazz genre, and are deeply embedded, inseparably intertwined even, in the Project’s musical corpus. The Takoushis-Karapatakis Project’s discography has received critical and audience acclaim, and their music has been included in the EBU’s jazz album, The Music of Europe. Their first album, Sympnoia, was released in 2010, while two years later, they released their second album, Seven Miles East. In 2015, they released their third album, Colours Of Another Sky, which was recorded at The Shoe Factory and has received excellent reviews.
He is currently writing the music for Channel 4's factual series "The Supervet (season 11)" and has been assisting EMMY nominated composer Charlie Mole with additional arrangements for Universal Pictures’ "Dad’s Army" starring Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Smith as well as ITV's "Mr. Selfridge" starring Jeremy Piven.
Scores for film include "Balik" directed by Dervis Zaim (Best Music Award at the 5th Malatya Film Festival), Mani Benchelah's feature documentary "This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees", BBC's "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley" starring Andrea Riseborough and "A Boy Called Dad" directed by BAFTA and EMMY winner Brian Percival.
In 2010 he composed the adrenaline fuelled score for EA's "Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit" (PS3, XBOX 360, PC, iPhone) which was one of the year's most successful releases having won numerous awards including best multiplayer game at the BAFTAs.
He is also featured on recordings as orchestrator and arranger and has performed with a wide range of ensembles in Berlin, Cologne, London, Paris, Sydney and Athens.
fretless bass, compositions
One of the most prolific musicians of the contemporary jazz scene in Cyprus, Gabriel Karapatakis studied music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. As a bass player he has appeared with a number of celebrated vocalists and composers from Greece. He has extensively performed in the Netherlands, having collaborated with renowned jazz soloists and ensembles, and has given concerts in Athens, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Belgrade, Sidney, Beirut and Crete.
Karapatakis is a founding member of the jazz band Ambodis Quintet, a founding member of the jazz-funk band Uptown Beat, a member of Andreas Georgiou ethnic jazz trio and a member of the Cyprus Big Band. In 2015, alone with the berliner guitarist Hub Hildenbrand and the cretan lyra player Zacharias Spyridakis, established a new trio which has released their first album "NENEMIA " in 2018.
He has composed music for numerous documentaries, TV programs and dance performances, and he has been a professor of bass guitar in various colleges and universities in Cyprus.