Ioannis Vafeas is a professional drummer. He was born in Cyprus and currently lives in Nicosia. He is one of the most active members of the Cyprus Jazz Scene and one of the veterans in the country that dedicated his life to to establish and develop it.
VAFEAS studied Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and did his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at the Boston Conservatory.
The years that followed found Ioannis busy in the music industry performing, recording and teaching music. He performs regularly in major festivals , Concert Halls and prestigious Jazz Clubs (such as Ronnie Scott's London ) all over the world. Ioannis attended festivals and Venues in Germany, Poland, England, Lebanon, Kuwait, Italy, the U.S., Greece and Serbia and shared the stage with great artists and Symphony Orchestras. He has numerous collaborations in cd’s, recordings and theater productions.
His teaching experience started back in 1998 with private drum lessons at the Lynn College of Music. Since 2002 Ioannis is teaching the music idiom in public schools. He is also a member of the faculty of the University of Nicosia since 2009. His credits also include drum seminars on soiling and brush playing in various Universities and Music Schools.
Since 2016 he is leading , along with the sax performer Charis Ioannou, the IOANNOU/VAFEAS QUARTET and their first album “Bridge of Locks” was released in April 2017.
Ioannis is the Artistic Director of A.VAFEA JAZZ Projects.
He is endorsing Zildjian Cymbals since 2009.