Greg Makamian is a double bassist, and bandleader based in Cyprus.
Greg has had the opportunity to perform next to legendary Freddie Redd at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC. He has also played with great musicians such as: Chris Byars, Pasquale Grasso, Zaid Nasser, Pete & Will Anderson, Keith Balla, Phil Stewart, Ofer Landsberg, Stefano Doglioni, Charis Ioannou, John Mosca, Stefan Shatz and many others.
In 2017, Greg recorded an album (Bridge Of Locks) with the Charis Ioannou & Ioannis Vafeas quartet, performing compositions by NYC based Saxophonist/Composer Chris Byars. In addition to all the performances, the band also performed at the Shoe Factory (Pharos Arts Foundation), where Greg also received exposure on Armenian TV channel “SHANT TV”. The band will now perform at the Syros Jazz Festival on October 6.
In 2016, Greg performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra & the Charis Ioannou group, presenting the music of Charlie Parker – Bird with Strings.
In 2015 he was part of BopCy, a quartet with all Cypriot musicians and won the 2nd place in the first Greek Jazz Competition held in Athens, and appeared at the Apollon Theatre in Syros as part of the International Jazz Day 2015.
As the bandleader of Mood Indigo, Greg has organized public concerts, club engagements and music for private events all around Cyprus, presenting the finest Cypriot Jazz musicians. The band has performed at the most prestigious events, including performing for the president of Cyprus numerous times.
In Summer 2014, Greg taught as Assistant Jazz Faculty at the Cyprus Academy of Music Summer School and Festival (CAMSSF).
Inspired by bassist/composers such as Oscar Pettiford & Ari Roland, Greg has been working a book of his original compositions.
Greg works frequently with Charis Ioannou and Chris Byars, and has performed at multiple jazz clubs/festivals. To name a few: Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Mezzrow (NYC), Fat Cat (NYC), Garage (NYC), Apollon Theater (Syros, GR), Pomos Jazz festival (CY), Rialto Theatre (CY), and the Ancient Amphitheater at Kurion (CY).