New School Jazz student Georgos Progulakis (piano) presents his senior recital.
"We’ll be performing mostly original compositions of mine and standards."
Georgos Progulakis (Geo) was born in Arica, Chile.
He was exposed to music since the age of four, as soon as he could climb up onto the piano chair in his house. Only until later, when he moved to Italy, did Geo start studying classical piano at the "Conservatorio Orazio Vecchi" in Modena at the age of 11.
He was introduced to jazz at the age of 14 when he got the recording "Standards Live" by Keith Jarrett trio. Two ears later he started performing in jam sessions within the local jazz scene.
In 2005, after having studied architecture, Geo started his jazz studies at the "Conservatorio Arrigo Boito" in Parma, Italy. There he studied with Roberto Bonati, Alberto Tacchini, Carlo Morena, Roberto Dani among others. In the same year he participated in the two weeks seminary for "Siena Jazz" where with he studied piano with John Taylor and Roberto Battaglia. In 2006 he went to the workshop of "Nuoro Jazz" where he studied with the Paolo Fresu's quintet.
In 2009, after graduating with a BFA in Jazz and performance he participated in "Mediterraneo in Jazz" with his own project, winning the prize as Best Soloist for 2000 euros. He was also awarded with a free admission for the 2010 Siena Jazz. On this occasion, he had the opportunity to study and play with Eric Harland, Ruben Rogers, Michael Blake, Kenny Werner, Paolino Dalla Porta and Franco D'Andrea.
In 2010 Geo's quartet received second at the "Piacenza jazz festival" contest playing all original compositions. Geo has performed with Steve Grossman, Carlo Atti, Emiliano Vernizzi, Jeremy Bruyere, Carmelo Venuto, Sebastiano Ragusa, Stefano Bagnoli, Mattia Cigalini, Michele Bianchi, Marco Ferri, Humberto Amesquita, Walter Vitale, Enrico Lazzarini among others.