Nothing beats a good dose of music to lift the spirits, and, in light of the current lockdown, we’ve narrowed down some inspiring Cyprus-based bands and orchestras to whisk you away into a world of inspiration while you’re bidding time at home. From classical music to jazz, rock and metal for the more energetic, these five musical groups are bound to lift your spirits.
1. Jazzologia Cyprus Big Band
A 17-piece jazz band formed in 2016 by the renowned Cyprus saxophone and clarinet player, conductor and maestro George Krasidis, it comprises 19 different members from Cyprus and beyond, including Germany, Holland, Britain and Lebanon. Watch them perform online and you can expect a great mix of modern and classical instruments including sax, drums, piano and bass, artfully mixing historic and modern compositions of jazz music. Jazzologia Cyprus Big Band have performed around the island at numerous festivals and events, but in testing times, music lovers can enjoy them from home via their Youtube channel.
2. Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
Finding it hard to work from home? Need something to seriously inspire you? Classical music may be just what the doctor ordered! Developing and promoting the art of orchestral music, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has rapidly evolved into a modern and dynamic group, covering a vast spectrum of genres, from classical masterpieces of all periods, opera and ballet music to light orchestral music, folk songs, film music, musicals, jazz and more! The orchestra recently gave an online performance as part of a series scheduled during the lockdown period. Stay tuned for all updates here. Their latest performances can also be found on the CSO YouTube channel.
3. Minus One
Well known for representing Cyprus in The Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 with their ‘Alter Ego’ song, Minus One are just what you need when you seriously want to let your hair down in the living room! The five-piece band play everything from pop to rock classics, luring you right in with their melodic tunes – you’ll be up on your feet and dancing to their rhythms around the house in no time! They recently released a new video on their Facebook page; a cover of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’, spiced up with a bit of rock. Check their videos out on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.
4. Commandaria Orchestra
A wine museum with its very own orchestra? That’s right, The Commandaria Orchestra was established by the Cyprus Wine Museum in 2009, promoting Cypriot history and culture via music. The appellation of the orchestra directly refers to the region where the orchestra and The Cyprus Wine Museum are based – Kolossi Castle (The Great Commandery of Cyprus) founded by the Order of Saint John. Striving to promote symphonic, chamber and operatic music linked to Greek mythology and European medieval history, tune in to some enchanting sounds via the orchestra’s official YouTube channel, while it’s worth checking out their website too.
5. Steppin’ Out Jazz Band
Your hips will be swaying and toes will be tapping the moment that you play tunes by the Steppin’ Out Jazz Band – a professional jazz trio that performs swing standards from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, including great compositions by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Richard Rodgers to lighten up your mood. You’ll be traveling back in time the moment you press the play button, and there are plenty of live performances to enjoy on the band’s YouTube channel.