If you are a keyboard player or a pianist and never had played a Nord in your life then you don't really know how 'user friendly' a keyboard can be

Asterios Papastamatakis

Greece

Associated acts:

Datfunk

Born on 30/6/1973, lives in Athens Greece. Studied classical piano until the age of 19, then from `92 to `96 attended Berklee College of Music, from which he graduated with a diploma in commercial arranging. While there, he studied jazz piano improvisation with Jerry Berconzi, arranging with Donny Nolan, jazz piano with John Arcaro and jazz harmony with Jeff Friedman. In 1996 he relocates to Athens Greece, where he forms his own bands, plays with numerous famous Greek artists like Socrates drank the conium, Basilis Papakonstantinou, Eleni Vitali , Vasilis Lekkas, Giannis Vardis, Eleni Peta, Haig Yazdjian, Yiannis Spathas and explores different musical styles, also he has been the hammondist of choice for visiting artists from the US and Europe such as Richard Smith,Tasha's World, Alex Foster and Kory-Clarke, his composition ''Burn Out'' was included in George Kollia's (one of the best metal drummers in the world) instructional dvd "INTENSE METAL DRUMMING'' and in 2012 performed at Ronnie Scott's during the London Jazz Festival .

For 5 years he taught music theory, harmony, jazz piano and ensembles at "Filipos Nakas Conservatory" to native students and exchange Berklee students attending one of their semesters in Greece. Within the past 5 years his dedication to the Organ led him to form two groups - ``G-play`` and ``Datfunk``, which are both Organ trios with which he plays gigs all around Greece and abroad and he is currently at the completion of his first album with his group DatFunk which is going to be released this winter. He uses only Clavia Nord products.

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