A new jazz festival for Tinos

Music fans know all about summer dry spells on the Greek islands. Various classical music festivals took place on a number of Aegean and Ionian islands and a jazz festival on Zakynthos in July and then things fell silent. The good news is that the 1st Tinos Jazz Festival starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Organized by the Cultural Foundation of Tinos, the festival will host acclaimed local and international musicians, with Finland acting as guest of honor. Concerts will take place in the island’s capital, Hora, at the foundation’s neoclassical headquarters overlooking the port. The festival’s artistic director is noted jazz musician George Kontrafouris, while the event is organized by local musician Thomas Alvertis. The program includes appearances by two to three ensembles each night, with participating musicians and ensembles including the Free Time Quartet, the Harris Lambrakis Trio, Jazz Police, Fifth Season, Poly Quartet and Manuel Dunkel. Running parallel to the concerts is an exhibition of photographs on the subject of jazz by Lefteris Arvanitis, currently on display on the foundation’s ground floor. For more information on the 1st Tinos Jazz Festival, visit and Admission to events is free. Concerts start at 9 p.m.