ANTOINE KARACOSTAS TRIO

In 2017, I released my first album, Trails, in which we presented a repertoire of personal compositions and arrangements of traditional Greek songs, influenced by modern jazz from New York and the Middle East; a singular mix of haunting lyricism. I then enthusiastically resumed the composition to continue the work initiated with the first opus. With Insulary Tales, I have engaged my writing in a series of compositions that evoke as many stories lived or imagined around the idea of insularity and the rigour of the natural elements that we experience, the poetry of the landscapes of the Cyclades and the extraordinary encounters that we make there. In addition, there are arrangements on themes by rebetiko singer and composer Vassilis Tsitsanis, whose music has been with me since I discovered it. With Anders Ulrich on double bass and Simon Bernier on drums, the trio is united by five years of shared musical and human adventures. And although this configuration is proving to be the foundation of my music, the new album was an opportunity to invite two musicians whose lyricism fascinates me and for whom I wrote some of the tracks on the album: Federico Casagrande on guitar and Andreas Polyzogopoulos on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Line-up

Antoine Karacostas - piano
Anders Ulrich - double bass
Simon Bernier - drums

VIDEOS

A pure melodic and rhythmic jewel.

FIP, jazz album of the week

Greece inspires Antoine Karacostas, it leads him towards his ambiguous scales and breathes into his music his light like no other. […] The pianist finds here a way that adorns his first album with singular sparkling singulars.

Les Inrocks "10 French jazz albums to listen to in 2017"

On his album "Trails", Antoine Karacostas invents, by mixing the Greek music of his origins and the language of contemporary jazz, a truly unique voice. It rediscovers the deep melodic content, rhythms and refined soul of this tradition and makes it new! Hotly recommended!

Jonathan Kreisberg, guitarist and composer