Vibraphone, composer and educator Dimitris Angelakis is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of jazz. He has worked with some of the best musicians of the International Jazz Scene as a bandleader, a sideman and as a guest soloist at various projects. His first influence was his father, an important Greek trumpet player/arranger, and later on vibraphonist Christos Rafalides. Also, his meeting with Philadelphia based vibraphonist and founder of vibesworkshop, Tony Miceli, was crucial for his career. Before moving to the States he was already an active musician in Europe working with various Greek orchestras, with“Delaware Steel” led by Harvey Price, sharing his talent with important musicians from the US and Europe such as Paris Strother (Prince), George Kontrafouris (Timo Lassy), Takis Paterelis (Jimmy Cob) and recorded several albums featuring musicians from Greece, UK, Spain, and Germany.
Upon receiving the Fulbright scholarship, he moved to Philadelphia, where he completed his Master of Music degree at University of the Arts, studying with Tony Miceli and Don Glanden and was selected to record for Uarts’s record featuring original compositions of Uarts students. His desire to flourish brought him closer to New York City to study privately with acclaimed jazz vibraphonist Christos Rafalides. At the same time, he enjoyed learning from Joe Locke, Ed Saindon, Larry Mackenna, and John Swana. Finishing his Master's Degree, Dimitris began to immerse himself as a vibraphonist in the international music scene. In the same year of graduation, he recorded 3 albums in Europe and made appearances as guest performer and clinician in Spain and Ukraine. Since then he has worked with Giannis Pavlidis (Dave Leibman), Giannis Papatriantafyllou (Ralph Peterson), Antonis Andreou (Pink Martini), has performed as an opening act for various acclaimed US artists such as Eve Cornelious and has been invited to many important jazz festivals around the world such as “Project Metamorphosis”, “41st International Music Festival”, “World Percussion Festival”, Big Day Bach”, “Jubilee Jazz Festival”, “Nikolaev Jazz Festival”, “ISME”, “1st Galician Jazz Festival”, “International Jazz Meeting-Kostas Kouvidis”. He had also the honor to work on Phila Real Book Project, where an original composition was selected to be included for the Philadelphia Real Book Vol 1.
Soon after that, he spent one year in China where he had the opportunity to connect with the Asia music scene by teaching and performing alongside with Chinese and international musicians shaping his musical personality even further. Leaving China, Dimitris found himself recording new albums and working on different kind of projects. Some of his latest collaborations are with London based saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos, NY based bassist Petros Klampanis, Dimos Dimitridis (IASJ), “Composer Series Project” in Ukraine and recordings to be released in 2021: George Fakanas group (feat. Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez) and Israel Arranz (duet recording). Dimitris has also made special appearances on TV (Greece) and interviews in Spain, Ukraine and Philadelphia.
His passion to teach young and adult students led him to collaborate with universities/schools in the USA (Philadelphia-UARTS), in Europe (Greece-Ionian University, Aristotle University, Ukraine-National Music Academy), in China (Alcanta International College) but also with music conservatories and EU educational/research programs. He is also an active clinician giving workshops and clinics since 2010.