Greek improvisation goes for world stage

A worthy collection of Greek bands and soloists will be taking part in Muse Festival – Radio Jazz Sessions, an upcoming five-day festival in Athens aimed at promoting the country’s improvisational work abroad. The event, at the capital’s Epi Kolono club (12 Nafpliou & Lenorman), between December 7 and 11, is being backed by state radio and television (ERT), which will forward the five-day event’s digitally recorded results to a data bank established by the European Broadcasting Union. The data bank, which began as a European affair but has now expanded worldwide to 82 countries, is accessible to over 120 member radio stations, mostly state-run. The festival’s agenda will run as follows: December 7: Takim, Nikos Kapilidis; December 8: Andreas Georgiou Ethnic Jazz Quartet, David Lynch and Giorgos Kaloudis, Omadiki Apodrasi; December 9: Antonis Dadopoulos, Mode Plagal; December 10: Vassilis Rakopoulos, Haig Yazdjian, Krotala; December 11: Danae Stefanou, Takis Farazis, Sakis Papadimitriou and Georgia Sylaiou, Thanos Mikroutsikos. Performances begin at 10 p.m. daily, except for December 11 (8 p.m.).