Meet Andreas Rodosthenous, a bassist from Cyprus who leads his own project while also playing on others. Andreas is this week’s reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…
Born in the island of Cyprus around 1977. I was a self taught bassist up until 26 years old, then I Sstudied at Codarts (Rotterdam’s Conservatory in the Netherlands, Jazz department. In October 2006, I travelled to Rio de Janeiro for a tour with Annaelis de Jong and the “Jobim project”.
In June 2008, I played with the dub band “Brass Wood and Wires” at the “Fusion Festival” in Germany”.
In May 2015, I recorded my first personal work with the title Simplicity with Giorgos Morfitis, Alkis Agathokleous and Stelios Xydias. The four of us formed the “Andreas Rodosthenous Ethnic Jazz Ensemble” and traveled to present it for the first time in the “EUNIC Jazz Festival” in Berlin.
In June 2015, I played in the “15th Athens Technopolis Jazz festival” presenting my album.
Music Music Music
22 years now.
Bands & Gigs:
Andreas Rodosthenous Ethnic Jazz Ensemble is my band which also released our very new and first CD last June. I also play in several other bands as a session musician.
- Odyssey custom fretless bass (made in Greece)
- Fender JBass (old but unknown which year, no serial number anywhere)
- Markbass mini CMD 121P
- Aguilar GS112 cabinet
Why I play the bass:
I loved the role of the bassist in a band, and the responsibility and the challenge it offers.
My bass superpower/claim to fame
Fluent over odd meters!
Gary Willis, Jaco Pastorius, Mark Johnson, Dave Holland, Anthony Jackson, Avishai Cohen, Anouar Brahem, Djafer Yousef, Bill Evans (piano), Richard Bona, Markus Miller, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton.