Τρίτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2020 13:21

The Circle Orchestra

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The Circle: A music band. An orchestra. A music shape as we say in Greece. A circle of musicians and friends whose connection is their love for rebetiko music, a music kind that flourished in Greece from the beginning of 20th century until 1955, but still remains alive and is being heard and played in the whole country. The idea of this band was borne out of Thanos Bouris, Shushan Kerovpyan, Panos Dimakis, Vanessa Kourtesi, Ela Nuroglu, Ezgi Can and Sotiris Letsios and its purpose is growing and expanding into a bigger circle of musicians finding common ground in their passion for “rebetiko” music. The band aims to connect musicians who live and work either in Greece or abroad and spread the bohemian flavor of this music, mixing it with other cultures and civilizations, so that this music journey continues to new and unknown destinations. The circle... similar to zero. Nothing and everything. A music band without boundaries and borders. Parallel circles with common ground, parallel lives, same sensitivities and one music in the centre of all people. Sotiris Letsios: Guitar / Vocals Ezgi Sevgi Can: Clarinet / Vocals Panos Dimakis: Bouzouki / Vocals Shushan Kerovpyan: Double bass / Vocals Thanos Bouris: Bouzouki / Vocals Ela Nuroglu: Percussions / Vocals Vanessa Kourtesi: Vocals

Τρίτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2020 13:20

Mantares

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Mantares is an acoustic music band, created during the spring of 2016, dealing with the traditional music of Greece and generally eastern mediterranean region. Songs and melodies, blurred by "antara", the fog of Cretan mountains, grow as Kozani mushrooms called "mantares", are getting wet by the Aegean Sea and tangle as like the blurred waters of the Egyptian mandara. The band to his live appearances, sometimes approaches the mysticism of sedentary songs and greek "amane", and sometimes the ecstasy of feasting and dancing, often by escaping from the paths of the traditional form.​Mantares is an acoustic music band, created during the spring of 2016, dealing with the traditional music of Greece and generally eastern mediterranean region. Songs and melodies, blurred by "antara", the fog of Cretan mountains, grow as Kozani mushrooms called "mantares", are getting wet by the Aegean Sea and tangle as like the blurred waters of the Egyptian mandara. The band to his live appearances, sometimes approaches the mysticism of sedentary songs and greek "amane", and sometimes the ecstasy of feasting and dancing, often by escaping from the paths of the traditional form.​ John Mavritsakis - violin Orestis Tsichlakis - oud, trumpet May Angelaki - lute Katerina Eleftheriou - percussion.

Τρίτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2020 13:19

Mále Vráse

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Mále Vráse is a Greek slang expression, meaning upset, a mess, bust up. Having in common the love for music from a very young age, and each one with a different musical background, the members of Mále Vráse mixed their influences and started their own music journey. Mále Vráse band sings Rebetiko, urban Greek folk music, that is rooted in the pre-war era and reflects harsh aspects of the daily sub-cultural lifestyle. Rebetiko derived from Asia Minor, and especially Smyrna, during 1920s and ended 30 years later as a mixture of Eastern and Western music features. The band travels back to this popular period with a guitar, two bouzouki’s and a violin. They form their sound with respect to the original gramophone recordings, combined with contemporary music elements. Mále Vráse band are: Antonis Laurijsen – Guitar Charis Laurijsen – Bouzouki Dimitris Maris – Bouzouki Nikos Kaliouris – Violin

Τρίτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2020 13:18

Reβetien

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Rebetien band is a party of four musicians that perform songs and themes mostly derived from the rebetiko and the Greek traditional music repertoire, as well as compositions of their own. The band’s nostalgic sound is reminiscent of the gramophone records’ period, often subtly combined with alternate, yet closely related, musical styles of various Eastern Mediterranean and Balkan musical traditions. Great emphasis is placed on the natural, acoustic sound of the instruments performing (accordion, bass-guitar, bouzouki and violin), the combination of which recalls in a sense the typical interwar bands of Smyrna, and on experimenting primarily with their arrangements, creating thus their own distinct sound and style. With their large repertoire and style range, as well as their strongly improvisational disposition, Rebetien band’s mood can vary and go from melancholic and romantic to dynamic and uplifting. Rebetien band performs weekly at various live-music taverns in Athens, and on occasion has performed at several live-music venues and music festivals in Greece and abroad.

Τρίτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2020 13:16

Rebeletiko

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Monastiraki is the first album of REBELETIKO Group using traditional Greek instruments, "conspiring" with the sounds of rebetika, of Smyrna, and every kind of folk music from the mainland and islands to the coast of Asia Minor and Pontus.

Τρίτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2020 13:14

KOMPANÍA

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2011: “KOMPANÍA” was officially formed at the end of 2011, although its members were already playing together for many years, at any given opportunity! The first band members were: Katerína Tsirídou, Sotiris Papatragiannis, Dimítris Kranídas, Níkos Protópapas and Giánnis Kalafatélis. A determining part in the launch and evolution of the band, has also been played by Margot Schenk (manager/production) and Loek Schrievers (sound engineer/producer), both of them former members of the Dutch rebetika band “Palio-Paréa”. They heard the group many times when they visited or played in Athens and decided their music should also be heard outside Greece, so they organized the first tours and they werw the producers of the first two cds. Violinist Hector Cosmas was an original member of the band, but unfortunately he passed away during March 2012, just two months before “KOMPANÍA’s” first tour in Holland and Belgium. 2012: That first tour had great impact and was highlighted by the release of a cd with live recordings of one of these concerts. The cd “KOMPANÍA– Live!” was presented at a new tour in Holland and Belgium, which was also very successful, got excellent reviews from the press and the cd was ranked #5 at the World Music Charts of Europe (wmce.de) for February 2013. 2013: “KOMPANÍA’s” next step abroad was another tour, during the spring of 2013 (April/May) in Europe, where this time a studio cd was recorded in Holland, under the title "Round Trip". That cd was also ranked #7 at WMCE (January 2014) and got great reviews from important music magazines like "fRoots" and more. 2014 - 2015: In the next two seasons (2014-2015) Dimitris Gkinis joined as the new accordion player of the band. "KOMPANÍA" played in the most important concert halls in Greece, like "Megaron, the Athens concert hall", "Badminton Theatre" and many more. They continued to travel in big festivals and theatres around Europe (Swizzerland, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium) presenting the "Round Trip" and even appeared at important tv and radio shows in these countries as well as in a German documentary film about Athens and rebetiko, made for the Berliner Philarmonic Orchestra, presenting "KOMPANÍA" along with the world-famous violin soloist Leonidas Kavakos. 2016: Ioulía Karapatáki (lead singer, guitar) and Thodorís Petrópoulos (bouzouki, oud, guitar, vocals) two of the most promissing artists of the new generation in Greece, joined "KOMPANÍA" on February 2016, replacing Katerina Tsiridou & Dimitris Kranidas. Along with the old members of the band, Sotíris Papatragiánnis (lead singer, baglama), Níkos Protópapas (guitar, vocals) and Dimítris Gkínis (accordion), they are now the renewed line up of "KOMPANÍA", prepearing to meet new audiences with a fresh cd and of course new concerts all around Europe and, why not, the whole world!!!

Τρίτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2020 13:13

TAKIM

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TAKIM were created in 2001 in Athens. Τheir repertoire includes elements of the common music traditions of Greece , East Mediterranean and the Balkans. Their sound can be described as an effort to recreate the music line up of the old Ottoman cities like Smyrna , Ioannina , Preveza and Istanbul when Greeks , Turks , Armenians and Jewish musicians where living together in separate but interactive communities. The members of Takim are well known professional musicians who have worked with international & Greek artists like Loreena mcKennit , Nana Mouskouri , Calexico , Eleni Karaindrou , Shantel , Eleftheria Arvanitaki , Glykeria , Charis Alexiou , George Dalaras etc. Takim perform many concerts in Greece (including among others the Athens ARK festival) and in the past years they have established their place in the greek ethnic and crossover music scene. They are: Thomas Konstantinou , Oud Alexandros Arkadopoulos , Clarinet Kostas Meretakis , Percussion Panos Dimitrakopoulos , Kanun Yiannis Plagianakos , Upright Bass Yiorgos Marinakis , Violin Discography / Collaborations: • 2005 They released their first album produced by Pantelis Thalassinos (MBI/Thesis) • 2005 they participated in Nicos Xydakis album “Second Calendar” (Lyra) • 2006 Evanthia Remboutsika’s soundtrack for the Turkish film “Babam ve Oglum”(Cantini Music). • 2013 with Greek singer Dimitra Galani in Themis Karamouratidis song “Just a Goodbye” with lyrics by Nick Moraitis. (Minos EMI) • 2015 With Natassa Bofiliou & the song “Anapoda” (Feelgood Records) • 2015 With Calexico (Edge of the sun) in a remake of the famous song “Stray” and “Roll Tango” featuring Eric Burdon. (City Slang) • 2015 they released their second album featuring many great greek artists such as Charis Alexiou , Sokratis Malamas , Pantelis Thalassinos and a line of skillfull traditional singers who over the years have served and carried the greek folk music until today. (ANTart Productions) • Takim’s last collaboration was with german dj and producer Shantel in a remake of the older song “Nikolaki Mou” sung by Areti Ketime. (Essay Recordings)

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