Bio - Evan Carydakis

Bio

It’s been 25 years since Evan first graced the stage as saxophonist. This year Evan will commemorate this milestone with a series of single releases commencing with the soulful and rhythmic ‘Groovehouse’, and culminating with the album release of ‘Will I See You Again’.

Inspired by the memory of his parents, ‘Will I See You Again’ celebrates family and introduces us to Evan’s inimitable smooth jazz sound. “My mom and dad were first generation immigrants who worked hard, and selflessly gave everything for their four children, so I am very blessed to have this opportunity in my life.”

It is also fitting that the album is a family affair. Evan’s with twin brother Stephan has co-written, produced and contributed bass guitar to several tracks. In addition, lifelong friend, guitarist, and co-producer Peter Kechays was instrumental in the album sound.

“These songs are the product of a great family upbringing, and the essence of jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and soul, that we all grew up listening to”.

Born in Melbourne Victoria, Evan first picked up the saxophone at the age of 15. Initially inspired by Branford Marsalis’s ‘Royal garden Blues’, it was his family’s influence and love of all music that set Evan on his stylistic journey.

And along the way, Evan has been lucky enough to learn from some of the greats including Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi and Lee Konitz, but above all else Evan holds his time with legendary jazz educator Charlie Banacos as “the most influential ” on his instrumental ability.

A three-time Arts grant recipient and sought-after festival performer, his current live show titled ‘Boaz and Jachin – The Shape of Things to Come,’ a tribute to John Coltrane, most recently premiered at Mona Foma.

Shelley McCuaig executive producer and program manager stated “Evan was the immediate choice to reimagine this album for his quartet, and his performance was a highlight of the Mona Foma program“

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