Colours Of Another Sky is the latest album by pianist Marios Takoushis and bassist Gabriel Karapatakis.
Following their album Seven Miles East, this new project aims to develop their music based on the fundamentals of jazz - interaction, improvisation and individual self-expression. At the same time, their source of inspiration for fresh ideas and compositions comes from the Mediterranean culture and tradition and from the use of traditional ethnic instruments. New dynamics are created by the co-existence of the piano, fretless bass with the sax, the lyra with the drums.
Saxophonist David Lynch provides a robust tone and melodicism, whereas the themes of the original compositions seem to float with the texture of Zacharias Spyridakis' Cretan lyra and the dynamic pulses of drummer Stelios Xydias.
Marios and Gabriel interact throughout the recording and move their
music forward with shifting harmonies and musical honesty.
Marios Takoushis / Piano, Melodica, Vocals
Gabriel Karapatakis / Fretless Bass, Ac. Piccolo Bass, Vocals
Zacharias Spyridakis / Cretan Lyra, Vocals
David Lynch / Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Stelios Xydias / Drums
Michalis Kouloumis / Violin
Marios Takoushis is a London based composer and pianist.
He has recently finished writing the music for Channel 4's factual series "999: What's Your Emergency?”, “CCTV: Caught on camera" and has been assisting EMMY nominated composer Charlie Mole with additional music for Discovery Channel's epic 7-part nature series "North America" as well as HBO's thriller feature "Dead Mine".
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.
Other music scores for film include BBC's "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley" starring Andrea Riseborough, "A Boy Called Dad" directed by BAFTA and EMMY winner Brian Percival, "Shadows & Faces" directed by Dervis Zaim and Rupert Murray's feature documentary "The End Of The Line" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.
Has has also worked with music production companies and has written music for the advertising campaigns of Sky, McDonald's, CNN, Samsung, is featured on recordings as orchestrator and arranger and has performed with a wide range of ensembles in Berlin, Cologne, London, Paris, Sydney and Athens.
Gabriel Karapatakis was born in 1968 in Limassol, Cyprus. He studied music at Mannes College, New York 1989 - 1990 and at Rotterdam's Conservatorium 1995 -1999, (BA of music).
As a bass player he has performed with a number of renowned Greek singers and composers such as G. Dalaras, V. Lekas, K. Makedonas, G. Hatzinasios, M. Tokas and with world known singer Deborah Mayers.
He has also performed in Lebanon with Margarita Zorbala, in Sydney with Koullis Theodorou, in London with Marios Fragoulis, in Serbia with the band "Kyprogeneia" and in Paris with singer Vakia Stavrou.
During his studies in the Netherlands he performed with various professional Latin-Brazilian jazz bands and established artist such as Jarmo Hoogendijk, Ben van den Dungen, Annelies de Jong, Chris Strik and others.
In 2002 he had the opportunity to perform with the Cyprus state orchestra.
He is a founding member of the jazz band "Ambodis Quintet", of the Jazz-Funk band "Uptown Beat" and has also been a member of the "Cyprus Big Band" for many years as well as a member of the "Andreas Georgiou Ethnic Jazz Trio".
As a composer he has composed music for documentaries, TV progammes and dance performances.
He has taught bass guitar at the Arte Music Academy, the Intercollege, and the Nicosia University.