Christos Asonitis Quintet
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Christos Asonitis Quintet
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Gig History
12 May / 2019 Christos Asonitis Quintet Ars Musica/ Munich
13 May / 2019 Christos Asonitis Quintet Jazz Club Abensberg e.V./ Abensberg
22 Nov / 2019 Christos Asonitis Quintet Jazzstudio Nürnberg/ Nuremberg
24 Nov / 2019 Christos Asonitis Quintet Kulturzentrum E-Werk/Erlangen
07 Feb / 2020 Christos Asonitis Quintet Ludwigsburg
08 Feb / 2020 Christos Asonitis Quintet Jazzmission e.V./ Schwaebisch Gmuend
Label / Release Type Year
Timezone Records
426e3f7b2c0a3a78070c469042e43df1da8a708e An Ode to the Light Album 2018
Self managed
Christos Asonitis
No Management
Timezone Records
Wiebke Etzien
Press Text
The drummer Christos Asonitis, born in Athens in 1974, after years of active presence in the Greek jazz scene, lives and creates in Munich since 2012.

With "An Ode To The Light", which is released by Timezone Records, he presents his own compositions and arrangements for the first time as a bandleader.
Along with Bastien Rieser, a promising young trumpeter, the Hungarian Mark Pusker with the warm and brilliant sound of his saxophone, the multi creative pianist Maruan Sakas as well as the sought-after bassist Lorenz Heigenhuber.
The listeners experience an electrifying symbiosis of modern jazz and elements inspired by the composer's personal experiences as well as by historical and mythological events of his homeland. The spectrum ranges from lyrical-melodic moods with fine Greek folkloric elements, polyphonic sound images up to rousing rhythms, which form a virtuosic tension.

”Christos Asonitis is such an ingenious and unobtrusive, highly cultured and exuberant drummer, who gives the small set a great abundance of nuances without slipping into routine mechanics.” (The New Listener, May 2016)

“Everything on “An Ode to the Light” refers to quality. A dense and impenetrable jazz, built of exceptional virtuosity and exquisite use of any space. At the same time, a transparent jazz, open to different explanation by the listener, vulnerable to feelings and generous in images.”
(Antonis Kalamoutsos, Against the silence, January 2018)
“Christos Asonitis in his debut album “An Ode to the Light” as a bandleader did a serious job. He made an album with his own distinctive sound, without the unnecessary repetitions and babbling.  A job that exudes experience, professionalism and high skill. To the end product contributed of course the smart selection of the young musicians who were willing (as it turned out) to support Christos’ vision with their talent. Finally, let’s not underestimate all the hidden work that has been done. From the recording, the mix and all the work of the background to the elaborate and sleek design of the cover.”
(Vasilis Lioris, Moonshine Radio – Jazz On The Web, February 2018)

“In the foreground of this album is the community, the humanity and the interaction. Of course, the variety of rhythms testifies to the fact that Asonitis thinks from percussion, fusing the influences of its Greek homeland with others, especially from the Caribbean, and no less, of course, proves to be a gifted melodic.”
(Oliver Fraenzke – The New Listener, March 2018)

This album is particularly characterised by sensitivity in dealing with musical styles as well as by expressive possibilities of the instruments. You can not only feel through the inlet’s accompanying words that this music has a message!”
(Michael Schmidt, BR (Bavarian Radio Broadcast), June 2018)

“An album full of Greek light and world totality with the music ensemble giving color from beginning to end. Another remarkable work of our own Greek jazzman.”
(Efthimis Paras,, July 2018)

“A remarkable musical proposal guaranteed, will not leave any jazz lover, (and not only) untouched!”
(Elena Aroni,, July 2018)

“… An album that adorns the contemporary Greek jazz discography…Without using extreme and formal formulations, and with a weapon in his exuberant writing, Asonitis knows how to prepare and build unique beauty pieces (“December”), taking all of his musicians (“Ancient dance 490 B.C.”). In Vamvakaris’ song, he is also a true arranger, defining a structure, above and beyond the basic purpose, with many margins of melodic maneuvers, and always close to the basic concept of the album.”
(Phontas Troussas, Vinylmine, October 2018)

“An Ode To The Light” is a wonderful album of European jazz with a few Greek musical “shades”, imaginative orchestrations and high skill levels of all its performers.”
(Thanos Manzanas, Avgi Newspaper, December 2018)