Point Two

  • Christos Rafalides, vibraphone / Petros Klampanis, bass
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  • Point Two is the latest project of Christos Rafalides and Petros Klampanis, two jazz musicians based in NYC that originally hail from Greece. They play a mix of original compositions, jazz standards and covers that are given an entirely fresh perspective through this unusual instrumentation. Their fearless brand of music incorporates a world of styles orchestrated by loops, vocals, percussive effects, and whatever techniques this creative duo is inspired to try. With a focus on both performance and education, Point Two has presented concerts across the USA and Greece, and given workshops to university-level students on ensemble playing, polyrhythms and Latin jazz.

 

  • REACTIONS TO THE ALBUM
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  • “I don’t know whether these are two jazz musicians who happen to be Greek, or two Greek guys that happen to be jazz musicians, but the end result is a very unique brand of jazz, infused with harmonies and rhythms of traditional Greek music. Both Christos and Petros are master musicians, and they have put together a program that is both intimate and inventive,” said vibraphone legend Gary Burton.
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  • Joe Locke, jazz vibraphonist, composer and educator describes the album as, “imaginatively conceived and brilliantly executed. With Point Two, Christos Rafalides and Petros Klampanis have succeeded in making a completely unique artistic statement, one which could only have come from the creative collaboration between these two great musicians.”
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  • “The execution is flawless, the material well chosen, but this doesn’t sound solely like a duo album; you can hear voice, percussion and a variety of other sonic elements that are exquisitely placed throughout the duration of the record,” said Grammy Award-winning drummer for Pat Metheny, Antonio Sanchez.
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  • Neil Percy, Principal Percussionist of the London Symphony Orchestra said, “I’ve been a fan of Christos’s playing for some time now, but what a delight to hear these two excellent musicians combining so well through this rich selection of music.”
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  • Renowned marimbas Nancy Zeltsman enthused, “The placement of notes has such an electricity, it could power your house!”
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  • Jack Van Geem, Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony (retired) said, “Christos and Petros are a class act all around! Their performances are amazing; filled with passionate, compelling and highly inventive playing.”
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  • Ed Saindon, of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, said, “Christos and Petros have come up with a recording that transcends any specific instrument or genre. Elements like finesse, dynamic control, personal creativity, nuance, pacing, restraint… it’s all there.”
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  • “Point Two should be in everyone’s ‘must have’ CD collection,” said Mike Balter, CEO of Mike Balter Mallets.