Floros Floridis

Real Name:
Φλώρος Φλωρίδης
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Floros Floridis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, currently splitting his time between Thessaloniki, Berlin and Hydra.

He studied Physics and Mathematics in Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki where he got his diploma. Exploring his evident creativity beyond science, Floridis then studied classical clarinet under the Romanian professor Konstantin Ugureanou and started his career as a professional musician in the 70s.

He counts as one of the main figures of jazz in Greece, not least because in 1979 Floridis together with Sakis Papadimitriou recorded the first modern jazz album that was produced in Greece - "Improvising at Barakos" (double LP). That moment marked the roots of the Greek domestic scene which then grew to the one we know today.
His rich and diverse career as well as his ever-progressive vision has been and keeps on pushing his work down often unexplored avenues and certainly beyond the Greek scene from very early on.
Building a name as a top impro and free jazz performer and creator, he had the opportunity as a leader and co-leader to collaborate and record with international avant-garde names like Peter Kowald, Guenter "Baby" Sommer, Paul Lytton, Okay Temiz, Nicky Skopelitis, Paul Lovens, Phil Wachsman, Carlos Zingaro, Hans Schneider, Louis Moholo, Vincent Chancey, Jean-Marc Montera, Milos Petrovic, Ivo Papazov as well as with prominent Greek musicians Savinna Yannatou, Dimitris Polizoidis, Babis Papadopoulos, Michalis Siganidis, Kostas Vomvolos, Ilias Papadopoulos and in Berlin with Michael Griener, Jan Roder, Chris Dahlgren, Olaf Rupp and Ulrich Gumpert.
This has resulted in the release of more than 40 albums throughout the years whilst he has also contributed in various productions of other artists in Greece as well as abroad.
Beyond these productions, Floridis has played concerts and festivals in Greece, Europe and USA with a great number of European and American musicians - Evan Parker, Peter Broetzman, Ken Vandermark, Irene Schweitzer, Ivo Papazov, Andrew Cyrille, Barre Phillips, Conny Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Mathias Bauer, Hans Reichel, Sirone, William Parker, Steve McCall, Andre Jeaume, Barry Guy amongst others.
Some of the international groups, in which he was a founder and/or member, are The Black Sea Orchestra, The Inter-Balkan Orchestra and The Florina Brass Band. Floridis also participated in the well-known Greek group Chimerini Kolimvites ("Winter swimmers") for more than 20 years and in the Euro-American Orchestra of Cecil Taylor in Berlin in 1987.

Besides his work as a musician Floridis worked as a producer for the National Greek Radio ERT 2 from 1995 to 1997. Between 1997 and 1999, he collaborated with the LYRA label as a producer, including the production of the albums The Black Sea Project by The Black Sea Orchestra and the second album of The Florina Brass Band. He also founded the label j. n. d. records (later j. n. d. re-records).
Floridis has composed and selected music for films, theater plays and dance performances. Since 1997 he has collaborated with theatre director Roula Pateraki. Amongst others he was responsible for the music of the plays "Splendid's" by Jean Genet and "Chomata" by George Veltsos. In film he composed the soundtrack for "Anna's Summer" (2001, by Jeanine Meerapfel), "Fictional Lies On Right Occasions" (2002, by Jeanine Meerapfel), "Marie Langer - Roman der Erinnerungen" (2003, by Lester Y. Cano Alvarez), "Faruk's Cafe" (2004, by Anna Schwingenschuh, Hakan Kurucu, Vera Bongartz, Jan Bonny, Zrinka Budjimila and others), "Mosconi or to whom the world belongs" (2005, by Jeanine Meerapfel), "Wer sich nicht wehrt, kann nicht gewinnen" (2006, by Jeanine Meerapfel) and "Der Deutsche Freund" (2012, by Jeanine Meerapfel).
As the first impro-jazz-musician in Greece he founded the International Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music of the Municipality of Thessaloniki in 1984 where he was the artistic director and coordinator for 8 years, attracting some of the top international names of the jazz scene.
For the festivities of the Cultural Capital of Europe – Thessaloniki 1997 he organized the 9 Days of Jazz Festival whereas more recently, he was the artistic director and organizer of the Impro Days Hydra (2008) and Impro Jazz "Megaro of Music" Thessaloniki (2010) festivals.

In the recent years, the not widely known creative side of Floridis as a painter has gained exposure internationally. In the past, examples of his work had frequently been featured in some of the music albums he has produced but nowadays it is being featured in solo as well as group exhibitions. In some special occasions, himself is introducing his work at the opening of such exhibitions, by playing solo. This gives the audience yet another perspective to his work by combining additional senses.
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Albums

LP 901 Floros Floridis - Αυτοσχεδιάζοντας Στου Μπαράκου album art Φλώρος Φλωρίδης* - Σάκης Παπαδημητρίου* Φλώρος Φλωρίδης* - Σάκης Παπαδημητρίου* - Αυτοσχεδιάζοντας Στου Μπαράκου (Album) J.n.d. Records LP 901 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
none Floros Floridis - Travesties  album art Tom Stoppard, Φ. Φλωρίδης*, Σ. Παπαδημητρίου*, Νίκος Παπάζογλου Tom Stoppard, Φ. Φλωρίδης*, Σ. Παπαδημητρίου*, Νίκος Παπάζογλου - Travesties (Cass) Improvisation Series none Greece 1979 Sell This Version
4, C 905 Floros Floridis - Τζζρρρτ album art Φλώρος Φλωρίδης* Τζζρρρτ(LP, Album) Improvisation Series, Improvisation Series 4, C 905 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
jnd 1, CP 962, μ. α. δ. Ι-Α Floros Floridis - Άδωνις 21.10.1983 album art L.*, S.* - F.*, M.* L.*, S.* - F.*, M.* - Άδωνις 21.10.1983(LP, Album) J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records jnd 1, CP 962, μ. α. δ. Ι-Α Greece 1984 Sell This Version
j.n.d. 2, CP 991, j.n.d. II-A Floros Floridis - Amore album art Mark Charig*, Taya Fisher, Floros Floridis Mark Charig*, Taya Fisher, Floros Floridis - Amore(LP, Album) J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records j.n.d. 2, CP 991, j.n.d. II-A Greece 1985 Sell This Version
j.n.d. III-A, CP 91028 Floros Floridis - Ellispontos album art L*, S*, F*, W* L*, S*, F*, W* - Ellispontos(LP, Album) J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records j.n.d. III-A, CP 91028 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
j.n.d VII, 91108 Floros Floridis - The Manager In Charge album art Floros Floridis, John Mourjopoulos* Floros Floridis, John Mourjopoulos* - The Manager In Charge (Album) J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records j.n.d VII, 91108 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
j.n.d. 6, j.n.d IV, 91087 Floros Floridis - Krok Trio album art Floros Floridis, Dimitris Polyzoidis*, Michalis Siganidis* Floros Floridis, Dimitris Polyzoidis*, Michalis Siganidis* - Krok Trio(LP, Album) J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records, J.n.d. Records j.n.d. 6, j.n.d IV, 91087 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
OM B 002 Floros Floridis - Human Aspect album art Floros Floridis, Vincent Chancey, Peter Kowald, Louis Moholo Floros Floridis, Vincent Chancey, Peter Kowald, Louis Moholo - Human Aspect(LP, Album) Om (2) OM B 002 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
ρει 2001, none Floros Floridis - Pyrichia album art Floros Floridis, Peter Kowald, Ilias Papadopoulos Floros Floridis, Peter Kowald, Ilias Papadopoulos - Pyrichia (Album) Ρει, Ano Kato Records ρει 2001, none Greece 1991 Sell This Version
ρει 2005, none Floros Floridis - Το Βέλος Του Χρόνου / The Arrow Of Time album art Floros Floridis - Carlos Zingaro* - Jean Marc Montera* - Paul Lovens Floros Floridis - Carlos Zingaro* - Jean Marc Montera* - Paul Lovens - Το Βέλος Του Χρόνου / The Arrow Of Time(CD, Album) Ρει, Ano Kato Records ρει 2005, none Greece 1994 Sell This Version
ρει 2008, ρει 2008-4 Floros Floridis - Μπάντα Της Φλώρινας album art Florina Brass Band*, Φλώρος Φλωρίδης*, Αδελφών Βαλκάνη* Florina Brass Band*, Φλώρος Φλωρίδης*, Αδελφών Βαλκάνη* - Μπάντα Της Φλώρινας (Album) Ρει, Ano Kato Records ρει 2008, ρει 2008-4 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
ρει2014 Floros Floridis - Syrtis Major album art Floros Floridis, Miloš Petrović, Veljko Nikolić Floros Floridis, Miloš Petrović, Veljko Nikolić - Syrtis Major(CD, Album) Ρει ρει2014 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
Ρει 2015 Floros Floridis - Αφορισμοί - Aphorisms (26 Statements On The Situation) album art Floros Floridis, Peter Kowald, Günter Baby Sommer* Floros Floridis, Peter Kowald, Günter Baby Sommer* - Αφορισμοί - Aphorisms (26 Statements On The Situation)(CD, Album) Ρει Ρει 2015 Greece 1997 Sell This Version
ρει 2018, none Floros Floridis - Cantos album art Θωμάς Σλιώμης* - Φλώρος Φλωρίδης* - Μελίνα Καρακώστα - Σοφία Νοητή Θωμάς Σλιώμης* - Φλώρος Φλωρίδης* - Μελίνα Καρακώστα - Σοφία Νοητή - Cantos(CD, Album) Ρει, Ano Kato Records ρει 2018, none Greece 1999 Sell This Version
none Floros Floridis - Anna's Summer album art Floros Floridis Anna's Summer (Album) Not On Label (Floros Floridis Self-released) none Germany 2001 Sell This Version
520487601013 Floros Floridis - Our Trip So Far album art Floros Floridis / Nicky Skopelitis / Okay Temiz Floros Floridis / Nicky Skopelitis / Okay Temiz - Our Trip So Far(CD, Album) Μ Records 520487601013 Greece 2001 Sell This Version
004 Floros Floridis - F.L.O.R.O. II - Fictional Lies On Right Occasions album art Floros Floridis - Babis Papadopoulos* Floros Floridis - Babis Papadopoulos* - F.L.O.R.O. II - Fictional Lies On Right Occasions(CD, Album, Enh) J.n.d. Re-Records 004 Greece 2002 Sell This Version
002 Floros Floridis - F.L.O.R.O. I - Fly Low Oder Roll Over album art Floros Floridis F.L.O.R.O. I - Fly Low Oder Roll Over(CD, Album) J.n.d. Re-Records 002 Greece 2002 Sell This Version
006 Floros Floridis - F.L.O.R.O. III - Further Lines Over Rough Options album art Floros Floridis - Nektarios Karantzis - Babis Papadopoulos* - Nikos Psofogiorgos* Floros Floridis - Nektarios Karantzis - Babis Papadopoulos* - Nikos Psofogiorgos* - F.L.O.R.O. III - Further Lines Over Rough Options(CD, Album) J.n.d. Re-Records 006 Greece 2004 Sell This Version
ADN91, adn91 Floros Floridis - Epistrophy At Utopia album art Spyweirdos And John Mourjopoulos* With Floros Floridis Spyweirdos And John Mourjopoulos* With Floros Floridis - Epistrophy At Utopia(CD, Album) Ad Noiseam, Ad Noiseam ADN91, adn91 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
PIECE 012 Floros Floridis - Well, Anything Can Happen album art Nicky* _ Babis* _ Floros* Nicky* _ Babis* _ Floros* - Well, Anything Can Happen(CD, Album) Puzzlemusik PIECE 012 Greece 2009 Sell This Version
CS#021 Floros Floridis - The Sound Between Us album art Spyweirdos & Floros Floridis Spyweirdos & Floros Floridis - The Sound Between Us(CD, Album) Creative Space Records CS#021 Greece 2009 Sell This Version
ml 7004 Floros Floridis - Three Of A Sort album art Floros Floridis | Nicky Skopelitis | Okay Temiz Floros Floridis | Nicky Skopelitis | Okay Temiz - Three Of A Sort(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album) Morgenland ml 7004 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Intakt CD 190, Intakt CD 190 / 2012 Floros Floridis - Songs For Kommeno album art Günter Baby Sommer*, Savina Yannatou*, Floros Floridis, Evgenios Voulgaris*, Spilios Kastanis Günter Baby Sommer*, Savina Yannatou*, Floros Floridis, Evgenios Voulgaris*, Spilios Kastanis - Songs For Kommeno(CD, Album) Intakt Records, Intakt Records Intakt CD 190, Intakt CD 190 / 2012 Switzerland 2012 Sell This Version