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Maria Manousaki Quartet

July 28 @ 9:30 pm11:00 pm EEST

Maria Manousaki


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Maria Manousaki Quartet
Maria Manousaki stands as one of Greece’s most successful and versatile musicians , working to great acclaim and commercial success as a violin performer and band leader, Maria’s musical style can be best categorized within the jazz and world music scene.

Maria Manousaki stands as a beacon in the world of music, particularly in the realm of jazz and world music. Born in Johannesburg of bicultural parentage, her musical journey began with the violin at a tender age. Her talent and dedication to her craft led her to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where she earned an Honors Degree in Professional Music.

Since her arrival in New York, Maria has performed alongside some of the world’s most renowned musicians, releasing two outstanding albums: “Sole Voyage” and “Hidden Trails.” These albums are a testament to her unique blend of Cretan melodies woven into a tapestry of jazz with polyrhythmic percussion. “Sole Voyage” won the best jazz album at the “academia awards” in 2016, and “Hidden Trails” was released in 2021.

Maria’s music is not just about the notes and melodies; it’s about the stories she tells through her violin. Her inspiration for “Hidden Trails” stems from her respect for those who stand up to an overpowering enemy to defend their freedom, beliefs, and rights. The result is an ear fest of vibrant, dramatic, and exhilarating sounds on the one hand, and expressive, melancholic melodies on the other.

Maria is not just a musician; she’s a musical curator, a founder of the Cretan World Music Festival, and the musical curator for the Vlatos Jazz series. Her commitment to the world of music is not just about her performances but also about creating platforms for other musicians to showcase their talents.

Her performances, whether as part of the “Puentes” project or in her individual capacity, are a testament to her deep understanding and respect for the genre, and her ability to improvise and create music in the moment is nothing short of mesmerizing.

In conclusion, Maria Manousaki is more than just a violinist; she’s a storyteller, a curator, and a bridge between cultures. Her music transcends boundaries, bringing people together in a celebration of diversity and unity. She is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music, and her contributions to the genre are invaluable.


July 28
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm EEST
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Vlatos Jazz
Epar.Od. Vlatos-Kameno Selinou 70
Vlatos, Chania 73012 Greece
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