Aris Valeris

Tuesday / July 5, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Aris Valeris is a piano player and composer trained in both the jazz and classical idioms. He started at the early age of three and worked with several classical teachers on his piano skills. Throughout his childhood he always felt the need to create improvised music. Being a son of two directors, he fulfilled this passion by composing or improvising live for more than 40 theatrical plays. In his teenage years, after having earned several musical awards for his work on classical piano, his attention was caught by the improvisational element of jazz.

Originally from Greece, Valeris moved to Boston in September 2009 after winning several scholarships to study at Berklee and is going to graduate in May 2011 with a double degree in piano performance and film scoring. His teachers include Ray Santisi, Stavros Lantsias, Nando Michelin, and Steve Heck.

In 2010 he created the Aris Valeris Quartet. The group is composed of four musicians with various musical influences and backrounds. It came together to perform Valeris's originals and group compositions with a unique sound, energy, and emotion that flows through the deep connection of its members and grows in the music while being recorded or performed live.

The first project of the Aris Valeris Quartet features an impressive mixture of avante garde, jazz, lyrical, and funk compositions. Music based on the spontaneous improvisation that comes through listening to what is being created by each musician on the spot creates ambience and curiocity.

All these different elements blend together to make the listener travel through his her imagination, entertaining and impressing with the strength of the sound of the amazing musicians: Aris Valeris (piano), Lorenzo Ferrero (tenor saxophone), Greg Feingold (double bass), and Max Mohn (drums).