GROUP: Y.F.G (Yiorgos Fakanas Group) & Menios Pasialis Bandhttp://meniospasialis.wixsite.com/menios-pasialis
BORN IN: Sydney, Australia
LIVES IN: Athens, Greece
BIGGEST INFLUENCES: Steve Gad, Dom Famularo, Tony Williams, Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Jojo Mayer, Dennis Chambers.
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: “Expectations”
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Beneath the mask – Chick Corea
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: (1) Performing in Athens with Mike Stern in 2016. (2) At the Athens Drum festival 2018 performing with Dom Famularo and Pete Lockett.
Born in Sydney, Australia, at the age of 11 he moved to Greece and 2 years later he decided to get into music. Although he started by playing the guitar, it was the drums that grabbed him in the end. Since then, drums have been his greatest passion.
At the age of 16 he started playing drums as an amateur with groups but from the age of 18 he began playing professionally.
He studied at the R.S.I. (Rhythm Section Institute) in Athens for five years graduating with “Excellence” in 1996.
He has attended various clinics with great drummers such as: Dave Weckl, Jojo Mayer, Dom Famularo, Thomas Lang.
In his professional career he has been played in live performances and concerts with some of the most highly regarded singers and/ or composers in Greece’s music industry.
He is a member (Drummer) of Y.F.G ‘’Yiorgos Fakanas Group’’ playing with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as: Andre Nieri (Guitar player), Bob Franceschini (Sax player), Guthrie Govan (Guitar player), Miso Iossifov (Trumpet player), Mike Stern (Guitar player), Steve Weingart (Piano/key players), Stu Hamm (Bass player),Tony Lacatos (Sax player), Tim Garland (Sax player).
In addition they have also played with established Greek musicians such as: Antonis Andreou (Trombone player), Yiorgos Fakanas (Bass player), Yuri Yiatakis (Guitar player),Dimitris Sevdalis (Piano/key players), Babis Markoulis (Bass player),Takis Paterelis (Sax player), Christos Pikridas (Guitar player), David Lynch (Sax player), Samuel Marlieri (Sax player), and more.
In 2018 he released his first personal 8-track album entitled ‘’Expectations’’ and also started leading his own band ‘’Menios Pasialis Band’’
He has been a teacher for 20 years, and since 2014 he’s led the drum department at Yiorgos Fakanas Art Music School in Athens Greece.