Bio

Greg Makamian is a double bassist, and bandleader based in Cyprus.

Greg has had the opportunity to perform next to the legendary Freddie Redd at Smalls 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, and many others.

In 2017, Greg recorded an album with the Ioannou & Vafeas quartet, performing compositions by Chris Byars. The quartet recently presented the album at Syro’s Jazz Festival in Greece, and at Axiothea’s Mansion in Cyprus. The quartet also performed at the Shoe Factory (Pharos Arts Foundation) in mid-2017, where Greg received exposure by Armenian TV channel “SHANT TV”.

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 in Syros as part of the International Jazz Day 2015. He also performed at the 2nd Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase held by Rialto Theatre, presenting his latest compositions.

In Summer 2014, Greg taught as Assistant Jazz Faculty at the Cyprus Academy of Music Summer School and Festival (CAMSSF). In the same year, Greg made an appearance at the 1st Cyprus World & Jazz Music Showcase held by Rialto Theatre, where he performed his original compositions.

As the bandleader of Mood Indigo, Greg has organized public concerts, club engagements and music for private homes 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.

Over the years, Greg has taken part of the Jazz Futures program let by the greats Ari Roland & Chris Byars, and the Jazz seminars of master Barry Harris. Greg holds a BA in Jazz performance, and has studied under bassists Ari Roland & Nicos Ioannou.

Greg works frequently with Charis Ioannou and Chris Byars, and has performed at Smalls Jazz Club (NY), Fat Cat (NY), Garage (NY), Apollon Theater (Syros, GR), Pomos Jazz festival (CY), Rialto Theatre (CY), and the Ancient Amphitheater at Kurion (CY) to name a few.