Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades SOUTH AFRICA
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Greg HadjiyorkiGreg Hadjiyorki Georgiades, born and raised in Pretoria, is an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist, playing the north African fretless lute (oud), guitar and bouzouki. He composes an intoxicating hybrid of north and South African ethno-grooves that rock under vibrant melodies. Over the years, Greg has collaborated, performed and recorded with significant artists in the South African music scene, such as Jeff Maluleke (on Jeff_s award-winning album Juliana), London-based percussionist Julian Bahula, renowned producer and keyboardist Thapelo Khomo and singer/songwriter Simphiwe Dana (on her album Zandisile). Greg is also known and recognised for his work with the Mutant Harmony Trio (with Marc Duby on bass and Wynand van der Walt on drums) the Jazz Hounds Afro-jazz project the Avaaz eastern and north African world music group (with Ashish Joshi on tabla and Priyesh Bhana on bansuri) and the acclaimed Aquarian Quartet (with Steve Newman, Syd Kitchen and Tony Cox).



He has also collaborated, performed and recorded with South African Music Award (SAMA)-winning metal rap group Not My Dog on their album Braaivibes. Greg has been working closely with Ashish for eight years, starting with Avaaz for two years and then going on to found the boundary-breaking Strings and Skins duo releasing an album of the same name. On an international note, Greg has collaborated and performed with renowned French trumpeter Eric Truffaz, Bob Brosman (USA), René Lacaille (Mauritius) and Mukta (France/India), featuring Bridgette Menon on sitar. Greg has played across southern Africa at art and music festivals such as the national arts festivals of Potchefstroom, Oudtshoorn and Grahamstown, as well as music festivals like Oppikoppi, Southern Cross, Splashy Fen, Rustlers_ Valley, Arts Alive Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and the Awesome Africa Festival at Shongweni in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Greg and Ashish have also travelled to present music workshops on African music improvisation at the College of the Arts in Namibia and in KwaZulu-Natal. Greg has completed a DVD with the outstanding ethno-guitarist Madala Kunene, Ashish Joshi (tabla) and Ernest Mothle (acoustic bass) and is also busy wit the VIVID AFRIKA project with McCoy Mrubata which they toured in 2006 throughout South Africa and a special performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 30th 2007. In addition, a new Strings and Skins album has been completed and mastered by Chris Lewis. Greg's discography: Strings and Skins - Strings and Skins The Aquarian Quartet - Live Fly by Night - Games The Jazz Hounds - Every Dog Has Its Day The Jazz Hounds - Dogma The Mutant Harmony Trio - Song for Ancestors Aquarian Quartet and Friends - The World in a Guitar Compositions and appearances on: Jeff Maluleke - Juliana South African jazz compilation album - Bejazzled Not My Dog - Braaivibes Simphiwe Dana - Zandisile Choppa - Margarita, Tony Cox - China.

Greg's discography and website can be found by clicking here!