Stéphane Tsapis is a composer, pianist and professor at the Paris Conservatoire.
His album Mataroa, literary and musical fresco retracing the route of the exiled Greeks during the civil war, is supported by SACEM and is hailed by international critics (Mexico, Colombia, Greece, France citizen jazz award in 2012, USA, Japan). He multiplies collaborations abroad, especially in Japan with the album Musique pour 4 mains et une bouche, a duo with the Japanese saxophonist Maki Nakano. In May 2014 he tours once more in Japan with Charlie and Edna his latest trio album (Jazzmagazine revelation) produced by the Japanese label Cloud. He represents France with the Paris-Mexico project in 2013 in the Mexico Euro Jazz festival where he performs in front of 20,000 auditors. He represents France in Dushanbe Ethno jazz festival in Tajikistan in May 2014 where he performs in trio with Maki Nakano and Yann Pittard. His new album Border Lines will be released in March 2016 on Cristal Records label distributed by Harmonia Mundi. In this album he explores his Greek roots with lots of freedom, accompanied by Marc Buronfosse on bass and Arnaud Biscay on drums.
Among his many accomplishments and price, we can mention that Stephane was awarded at the International Film Festival of Aubagne for the film La Nuit autour, and that he won the first prize at the Duke Ellington composition contest in 2012 with his piece for Big Band Mount Athos.
Alongside his career as a pianist, he composes more and more for the cinema: he has written the soundtrack of Khaos, les visages humains de la crise grecque in 2012, and that of The Immigrant (Chaplin) for Jazz quartet and symphony orchestra to be premiered in January 2016 in Paris with guest soloist Jean-Charles Richard. This piece was also played at the Megaron with Athens state orchestra.
2016 - Symphonic cine-concert The Immigrant (Chaplin), direction Xavier Delette, soloist Jean-Charles Richard
Also at the Megaron Athens with Athens state orchestra, direction Stéphane Tsapis, soloist Dimitris Tsakas
- The invitation, Daphné Bengoa
2014 - Liberté Egalité cheveux lissés, Elefterios Zacharopoulos with Denis Lavant.
- La Nuit autour, Benjamin Travade with Erika Sainte
- Cine-concert piano solo, The Kid de Charlie Chaplin, Institut français de Mexico
2011 - cine-concert The Immigrant for sextet (Charlie Chaplin)
2019 - LE PIANO ORIENTAL, Piano Solo, Coolabel
2019 - LE TSAPIS VOLANT, Stéphane Tsapis trio and friends, Crsital records, Sony music Entertainment
2017 - Classe Moyenne, Vincent Touchard quintet, Klarthe
2016 - Border Lines, Stéphane Tsapis trio, cristal records, harmonia mundi
- AEGN, Marc Buronfosse project, Abalone, l'autre distribution
2015 - Le But c'est le chemin, Georges Paczynski trio, arts et spectacles
- Musique pour 4 mains et une bouche en duo avec la saxophoniste Maki Nakano, open music
2010 - Tityre, Virginie Capizzi quartet featuring Sébastien Llado, autoproduction
- VROUM, Vroum, meedium band, autoproduction
2008 - Danse de travers, Ky, featuring Stéphane Payen 2006 - TSALA, with Nelly Lavergne, autoproduction
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