Established in 1982, Nick Demos & the Greek Islanders have appeared frequently before audiences throughout the United States. The group has been featured at Greek Festivals, Conventions and Conferences associated with the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA) as well as affairs associated with the 1996 Centennial Olympiad in Atlanta. Members of the group also performed at two events honoring His All-Holiness, Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during his historic visit to the United States in the fall of 1997. The ensemble has given numerous concert performances including concerts with the acclaimed Nashville Chamber Orchestra in 2000, the Romeiko Vocal Ensemble at the 1996 DeKalb International Choral Festival in Atlanta, the Troupe Hellas Dancers at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta in 1997 and 2000 and with the Northwest Georgia Winds in 2004 in Rome, GA. In August, 2006, the group was featured at the 2006 Conference of the International Clarinet Association. Aside from the concert hall, the band has provided entertainment for numerous private affairs in 11 states and over 40 cities in an area stretching from Cleveland, OH to West Palm Beach, FL to Dallas, Texas.
The Greek Islanders are comprised of a core of highly gifted professional musicians: Nick Demos - Clarinet, Damian Szidiropulosz - Bouzouki and John Sutton - Percussion Jerry Fields - Percussion
A noted composer of classical music and performer of Greek Folk music, Nickitas Demos holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition form the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition with a minor in clarinet performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His award winning compositions nave been performed throughout the United States and internationally by some of the finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in the world including performances by the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Atlanta chamber Players among others. Demos currently holds the position of Professor of Composition at the the Georgia State University school of Music. In addition to founding and serving as Musical Director for the Greek Islanders, he is the Artistic Director of the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble. For more information about his composition activities, visit: http://nickitasdemos.com.
Damian Szidiropulosz grew up with a solid background in classical piano and jazz guitar. By the age of sixteen, he was already playing the Toronto jazz club and festival scene. As a jazz guitarist, Damian has had the opportunity to play in his own trio, as well as a sideman for Bob Mover, Grant Stewart, Jake Wilkinson, Dmitry Baevsky and many others. As an adult, Damian spent 3 years in Budapest where he made the transition to playing the bouzouki full time. Taking advantage of his new location, he made numerous trips to Athens, Greece to study with bouzouki master Manolis Michalakis. Damian also appeared regularly on television, radio and local venues with his own Lemonopoulos style bouzouki trio and various other Jazz and Gypsy ensembles. Notable performances include the Hungarian TV shows RTL Klub and the Benko Daniel Show. In 2004, Damian relocated to the southern United States and has been a Greek Islander since 2010.
John began his musical career in Fayetteville, North Carolina in the mid 70’s playing Jazz, Rock, and Fusion along with Latin (Salsa) music. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1983 from Pembroke State University and he attended summer courses at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. John joined the Greek Islanders in 1985 and has been performing both live and in the recording studio playing the drums, doumbek and auxiliary percussion for the band. John and his family currently reside in Hickory, North Carolina where he works as an Interpretative Park Ranger at Bakers Mountain Park.
Known as a total percussionist, Jerry Fields performs regularly in Atlanta and throughout the southeast on drumset, timpani, marimba and various world percussion instruments. A Summit Jazz recording artist (Ted Howe Trio), Mr. Fields is featured on the group’s critically acclaimed recording Ellington as well as Elton Exposed. A passion for Latin jazz led to the formation of Vecinos del Mundo (Neighbors of The World) with Fields serving as music director. A world percussionist at heart, Jerry has performed with a growing number of flamenco artists including Guitarists: Arturo Martinez, Ricardo Diaz, Luis Linares “el Tiburon” , Christian Puig and John Lawrence. Dancers: Antonio Vargas, Manolo Punto, Barbara Brenton Antonio Hidalgo and Ulrika Frank. Singers: Alfonso Cid, Marija Temo and Javier Heredia. Jerry is also actively performing with Greek, Klezmer, Arabic and African ensembles.