Tania Giannouli

” Greek pianist Tania Giannouli, is a musician in her prime!”

Athens – based composer – pianist  Tania Giannouli’s main area of interest is mixed-media—combining music with poetic texts, visuals, theater plays or art installations. Similarly, Giannouli compositions for her sophomore album Transcendence (after Forest Stories, a duet with Portuguese reed player Paulo Chagas, Rattle Records, 2011) blends elements from her classically-trained background, contemporary music, and European chamber jazz—inspired by the lyrical, often melancholic colors of the ECM school (the album is released by a New Zealand label that follows ECM natural scenery cover art), and Mediterranean folk traditions. These disparate influences inspire Giannouli to create a highly personal effort that defies any attempt to pigeonhole her rich aesthetics.

In May 2017 Tania recorded the album “Rewa” with the Maori musicians and sound master Rob Thorne. The album was released by Rattle label in June 2018 and was included in many “Best of 2018” lists around the world. A new project, Tania’s trio with oud and trumpet made,  it’s debut at the established festival Jazzfest Berlin ( Berliner Festspiele) and marked as “Best concert of 2018” by the German printed magazine Jazzthetik. 

“Giannouli is a unique voice, as a composer, pianist and improviser. She has many more musical stories that are waiting to be to told”: this is a quote of Eyal Harauveni from this wonderful review about Transcendence in All About Jazz. I would also say that you should mention the wide acclaim Transcendence album had…the list of reviews for Trans is really huge!

  • Tania Giannouli Trio: 

This is a trio of unusual orchestration. Piano, trumpet and oud. She plays  together with two of the finest Greek musicians, Andreas Polyzogopoulos: trumpet and Kyriakos Tapakis: oud. The trio made its premiere at Jazzfest Berlin (Berliner Festspiele) in November 2018 and since then has performed at SNFCC (Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre) in Athens and was selected for the JazzClub Night for the Jazzahead 2019. The Trio performs a lot in Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Greece

  • Rewa  
  • A collaboration  with the New Zealand musician (with Maori origin) Rob Thorne and with Steve Garden. For the live performance they  are collaborating with the well known (from many projects with other ECM co-artists) percussionist Michele Rabbia. The atmospheres that Michele creates with his percussion and electronics fits very good with the mood of Rewa. 

  REWA was included twice in the Europe Jazz Network July Charts: 

http://www.europejazz.net/news/europe-jazz-media-chart-july-2018 and has been appearing in the 10 top selling classical albums in New Zealand, for the first 3 weeks after the release:


  • Tania Giannouli Ensemble

 Third project is the  quartet:  Tania Giannouli Ensemble.  They  played 2018 in Munsterland festival and then Madrid International Jazz festival.



We are looking forward to this connection of three cultures. Fr., 01.11.19- REWA: Tania Giannouli / Rob Thorne / Michele Rabbia • Enjoy Jazz • Enjoy Jazz


Selected for a showcase at Jazzahead, Bremen 2020 

A 4th project is in preparation, it’s a collaboration with the Italian singer Maria Pia De Vito (ECM artist) presenting at Ars Musica Festival 2020 in Brussels.

Line Up

Travel Party: 3 – 6

Booking Territory : Europe 


Tania Giannouli Trio

Tania Giannouli: piano 
Kyriakos Tapakis: oud
Andreas Polyzogopoulos: trumpet 


Rob Thorne: taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments)
Tania Giannouli: piano/ prepared piano
Michele Rabbia: percussion/ electronics

Tania Giannouli Ensemble 

Tania Giannouli: piano
Guido De Flaviis: soprano sax/ barytone sax
Michalis Porfyris: cello
Solis Barki: ethnic percussion/ idiophones 

Touring 2020 

  • 25th April: 22:30, Jazzclub Night Sendesaal. Bremen

  • 23th, October:Jazztracks, HH, D

    24th, October.: 18h Jazzstation, Brüssel, BE

  • 8th, November: Ars musica Brussel: new project with Maria Pia di Vito and Michele Rabbia

  • 15th,November Music, VD ‘s-Hertogenbosch,NL 


Press Reviews

for “Rewa” are written by Songlines, Citizen Jazz, Jazzpress, SE SOIR (big Belgian newspaper), Innerviews (Anil Prasad), Textura,  Jazzspace, Jazz Views, Salt and Peanuts, and several big Greek and New Zealander media.

Tania Giannouli Trio at Jazzfest Berlin as “Best Concert of 2018” and REWA as “Favourite Music of 2018” by the printed German magazine JAZZTHETIK Magazin.

LondonJazz makes a special International Women’s Day #IWD2019 coverage. Thirteen profiles of / interviews with significant women in the jazz world. Happy to be part of this! Read it here

Henning Bolte for All About Jazz included her last year’s concerts (with her  trio and with REWA project) at Wonderfeel, Enjoy Jazz Festival and Zomer Jazzfietstour in the Highlights of 2019: