Floros Floridis

Floros Floridis was a Greek citizen who was born in Thessaloniki. He studied Physics at Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki and received his diploma. After studying classical clarinet under the Romanian professor Konstantin Ugureanou, he became a professional musician in 1970s. Since the beginning, his primary interest in music was improvisation. This passion continues to this day. This is a difficult task so he has performed with a variety of bands, from a Symphony Orchestra to wedding bands. He taught saxophon theory and theory in Greece’s theater and music schools for five years in the 1990s. In 2005, he completed a six-month course in improvisation at Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki’s Music Department. He was the artistic director for various musical events at festivals. In 1983, he established the Jazz and Improvised Music Festival of Thessaloniki. He remained there for nine years. He has composed music for feature films, short films, documentaries and theater, mainly for director Roula Pateraki. He has also been involved in graphic design (covers for books, posters, etc.). Since the 1970s. Floridis founded his label j.n.d.records in 1981. After a 15-year break, he relaunched it as the j.n.d. label. re-records. The label was again stopped in 2007. The “Impro-days Hydra” event was held in the summer 2008. Greece organized the “Impro-days-hydra” event in Thessaloniki on March 10, 2010. Floros Floridis splits his time currently between Berlin and Thessaloniki. He recorded the 1979 first album of modern jazz in Greece, Improvising at Barakos, with Sakis Papadimitriou. He has performed in concerts and festivals throughout Europe, Greece, and the USA since then, along with many European and American musicians.

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