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Welcome Tolis Zavaliaris

We are delighted to welcome renowned guitarist Tolis Zavaliaris to the band!

Currently, guitarist for the British Prog Rock band Hekz, band leader for Tolis Zavaliaris Project and lecturer/tutor/module leader at the London Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Greek born Toils Zavaliaris has been performing throughout U.K and Greece for more than twenty-five years.

An xperienced session guitarist/songwriter/producer, he has worked with some of the top producers in London such as Peter Greenwell (Flop-Star), Benny D (Depeche Mode), John Robertson (Morcheeba), David Crefield (Kaiser Chiefs), Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Rick Astley to name a few.

His unique sound and versatility blends sounds from rock and modern jazz/fusion to Eastern European music. Tolis works as a guitarist with world-famous violinist Vanessa Mae and is a contributor also for the Guitar Techniques and All Out-Guitar Magazines.

Tolis has three solo albums "Sounds from the Past"(2007), “II” (2009) and “Acoustic Tales” (2015), all available online, which feature performances from world-class musicians such as Pete Lockett (Steve Smith), Laurence Cottle (Eric Clapton), Neil Angilley (Shirley Bassey), Fergus Gerrand (Madonna), Beruz Game (XFactor) and many more.

Tolis has developed a unique music style incorporating jazz, rock, ethnic and orchestral elements in his compositions, in conjunction with sounds and rhythms borrowed from East European countries and Greek traditional music. This unique composition approach offers the listener the pleasure of a magical musical journey in the tradition and culture of jazz through Eastern European countries.

Tolis is an official regular contributor to the world-famous “Guitar Techniques Magazine” and “All Out Guitar” Online Magazine. He also teaches at the IGF summer camps. In May 2004 Tolis won the prestigious “London Guitar Hero” competition, which took place at the Wembley Conference Centre. He endorses Boss, JimChris pedals, Musicman guitars and Line 6 products and holds regular clinics in the UK, USA, Europe and Greece. "When the time came to begin the hunt for a new axeman, I reached out to Tolis," explains Matt. "In his role as one of the lead guitar instructors at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, I hoped that he might be able to make a recommendation.

I had no idea that he would be interested in the role himself!"

"Having a player of his calibre on the team is so exciting, and we can't wait to hit the stage together for the first time at The Underworld in Camden on Sunday 21st July."

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