Floridis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and currently splits his
time between Thessaloniki and Berlin. He counts as one of the main
figures of jazz in Greece. In 1979 he and Sakis Papadimitriou recorded
the first modern jazz album that was produced in Greece - "Improvising
at Barakos" (double LP). As a leader/co-leader he collaborated and
recorded with 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 Greek musicians
Savinna Yannatou, Dimitris Polizoidis, Babis Papadopoulos, Michalis
Siganidis, Kostas Vomvolos, Ilias Papadopoulos,...in Berlin with
Michael Griener, Jan Roder,Chris Dahlgren,Olaf Rupp,Ulrich Gumpert,Clayton Thomas,Achim Kaufmann,..
This has resulted in the release of more
than 40 CDs
throughout the years. He has also participated in various
CD-productions of other artists in Greece as well as abroad.
studied Physics and got his diploma in Aristoteleion University of
Thessaloniki. He then studied classical clarinet as a student of the
Romanian professor Konstantin Ugureanou. He started his career as a
professional muscian in the 70s. From the beginning his main interest
in music was improvisation, and that continues up to now. As the
first impro-jazz-musician in Greece he founded the Festival of Jazz
and Improvised Music of the Municipality of Thessaloniki in 1984 where
he was the artistic director and coordinator for 8 years.
Furthermore, he was the artistic director and organizer of the
following music festivals:
1997 - 9 Days of Jazz in the festivities of the Cultural Capital of
2008 - Impro Days Hydra
2010 - Impro Jazz in Megaro Moussikis Thessaloniki
his work as a musician Floridis worked as a producer for the national
greek radio ERT 2 from 1995 to 1997. Then, from 1997 to 1999,
he collaborated with the LYRA label as a producer, including
the production of the CDs by the BLACK SEA ORCHESTRA and FLORINA BRASS
BAND II. He also founded the label j. n. d. records (later j. n. d. re-records).
has played concerts and festivals in Greece, Europe and USA with a
great number of European and American musicians - a. o. 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,..
the international groups, in which he was a founder and member, are the
BLACK SEA ORCHESTRA, the INTER-BALKANIC ORCHESTRA and the FLORINA BRASS
BAND. Floridis also participated in the well-known Greek group
CHIMERINOI KOLIMVITES ("Winter swimmers") for more than 20 years and in
the EURO-AMERICAN ORCHESTRA of Cecil Taylor in Berlin 1985.
latest CDs are the sountrack of the film "Der Deutsche Freund"
(2012, normal records, Bonn), "Grix - Sweet, Sour, Sharp and Soft"
Berlin) with Antonis Anissegos and Yorgos Dimitriadis, "Well anything
can happen" (2010, Puzzlemusic, Athen) with Nicky Skopelitis
and Babis Papadopoulos, "The new Trio" (2011, Jazzwerkstatt)
with Guenter "Baby" Sommer and Akira Ando and "Three of a Sort" (2011, Jazzwerkstatt) with Okay Temiz and Nicky Skopelitis.
has written and selected music for films, theater plays and dance
performances. Since 1997 he has collaborated with theatre director
Roula Pateraki. A. o. 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).
In 29.1.2015 presented w.Jeanine Meerapfel the audio-visual essay "CONFUSION/DIFFUSION" in the AdK in Berlin,Germany.Then on 23 October in Thessaloniki,Greece and on 12 November 2016 in Buenos Aires,Argentina.
17-25 September 2016 as painter in Oil Painting Exhibition "Silk Road (DUNHUANG) International Cultural EXPO",China.
19-23 October 2016 as painter in Wuhan,China.
16,17 December 2016, performance with Koffi Koko(dance) "Think About..." in ADK,Berlin.
1979: "Improvising at Barakos" with Sakis
1985: "L.S.F.W. Ellispontos" with Paul Lytton, Phil Wachsmann, Hans
1990: "Human Aspect" with Vincent Chancey, Peter Kowald, Louis Moholo
1991: "Pyrichia" with Peter Kowald, Ilias Papadopoulos
1996: "Florina Brass Band" with Valkanis Brothers
1997: "Aphorisms" with Peter Kowald, Guenter "Baby" Sommer
2002: "Anna's summer" soundtrack
"F.L.O.R.O. III"/ "Further Lines Over Rough Options"
2009: "Grix - sweet, sour, sharp & soft" with Antonis Anissegos,
2011: "The New Trio" with Guenter "Baby" Sommer, Akira Ando
2011: "Three of a Sort" with Okay Temiz, Nicky Skopelitis
2012: "Der Deutsche Freund" soundtrack
2012:''Songs of Kommeno'' w. Günter Baby Sommer,Savina Giannatou,Evgenios Voulgaris,Spilios Kastanis.