If the "Pan Project" is about any of its members, it is about "El Greco", Nikos Tsilogiannis. More spirit than leader of the band, his art graces the
cover. His drumming, painting with percussion and compositions grace
the music inside.
When Nikos arrived in the Netherlands in 1976 he came carrying his
experience as a drumming mainstay of the Greek rock scene, hungry for
jazz, enthusiastically singing Greek folksongs for Dutch musicians
looking for new songs to play with. In the eighties he led several
succesfull bands on the Dutch jazz scene combining Greek folk music,
jazz and free improvisation. During the same period he developed his
talent as a wood sculptor and -painter. Sculpting moved to the forefront
of Nikos' activities during the nineties when he captured a big part of
Greek mythology in wood in his very personal colourful style.
In the past years Nikos has been able to strike a balance between eyes
and ears, picking up the drums and renewing old friendships in music.
The Pan project and its first CD have been one outcome of this, with the
regular project base of Nikos, Paul, Henk and Tjitze enriched on several
tunes by piano and compositions of Albert van Veenendaal.