Ahead of his concert at the Jazz Room at The Bull’s Head on 14 November, we spoke to guitar and oud player and composer Stefanos Tsourelis about his musical influences and inspirations, and more…..
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I was inspired and motivated by my music heroes like Jim Hendrix, John McLaughlin and Anoir Brahem. Also was also very keen on the idea of making a living from something I really love doing.
Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?
My music teachers, my guitar and oud idols and my friends who are great musicians
What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?
Making a living in a city like London as a musician is a challenge. It can be hard to balance work with creativity.
Which performances/recordings are you most proud of?
I am proud of my debut album “Native Speaker” and recent album launch in London.
Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?
The Bull’s Head in Barnes seems to be one of my favourites at the moment. I like the vibe of this venue
As a composer, of which works are you most proud?
At the moment I am proud of a ballad I wrote for my debut album called “Calm Sea”. It is a gentle piece and ideal for creative improvisation
How would you characterise your compositional language?
I would call it ‘Jazz World Fusion’
How do you work? (as a composer)
I usually work on a melody or a riff that comes out naturally. Some times the piece comes with no effort. Some times I revisit ideas and develop the piece in time.
As a musician, what is your definition of success?
When a musician and composer finds their true inner voice. I believe that people recognise and appreciate the true individuality
What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
Hard work, open mind, honesty to your art and an open ear to your inner voice
heady mix of jazz and rock with Oriental and Greek influences, traditional Mediterranean melodies and textures, with Flamenco and African rhythms which conspire to generate dynamic grooves underpinning wonderful melodic forms combined with nuanced dynamics and sparkling arrangements. Tuesday 14 November at 8pm. Featuring ‘live art’ by Alban Low (creator of The Art of Jazz). Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.