The bouzouki is probably the most distinctive instrument in a rebetiko band and Thodoris is really one of the greatest players of the new generation! He was born in Athens (1983) and he grew up in Aegion. He studied piano for 8 years and when he was thirteen years old, he started playing bouzouki as a self-taught musician. At his eighteen years, he started working as a professional musician in various clubs and venues, he was studying bouzouki at the school of Themis Papavassiliou and, at the same time, he was studying, an the University of Patras, to be a philologist - linguist. He has played all around Greece, with various well known artists like Dimitris Kontolazos, Babis Gkoles, Giorgos Aigiotis, Kostas Mantzios, Stavroula Manolopoulou, Angela Orphanou, Christos Andoniadis, Marina Manolakou, Sofia Emfietzi, Giannis Tassios, Thanassis Komninos, A. Mandas, Giorgos Daskoulidis, Andonis Gounaris, Maria Spyropoulou, Andonis Ainitis, Lakis Chalkias and more. He has cooperated, either as a member or as a session musician, with the Philharmonic band of Aegion, the Philharmonic band of Akrata, the Dance School of Aegion, the Graduates' Theatrical Team, the Philologists' Club of Aegialia, the DiKePa of Aegion and the "Emmelon" band. He has been part of theatrical plays ("Fairytale with no name", "Our big circus") and of tribute concerts for Vassilis Tsitsanis, Apostolos Kaldaras, Manos Loizos, Lefteris Papadopoulos etc. He has also worked as a bouzouki teacher at the Conservatories of Patras and of Akrata, at the "Mozart" Conservatory and as a private lessons' teacher. In discography, he has played as a musician in the alboum "Gliko stafili" of Vassilis Dallis and he has been the arranger for the cd single "Aeraki" of Giorgos Aegiotis, both published by "Kathreftis Ichon Alithinon" (Mirror of True Sounds).
Athena Labiri was born and raised in Limenaria, Thassos, a small village in an also small northen island in Greece. She started playing the guitar at the age of 8 and took guitar lessons for three years. She has lived in Rethymno, Crete from 2002 until 2011 where she studied Modern History in the University of Crete. Since 2004 she colaborated with several cretan musicians, and had the chance to be taught how to play cretan lute and lavta from lute players Stelios Sikakis and Dimitris Sideris. She also colaborated with lyra players Zacharias Spyridakis and Dimitris Sgouros. She recently participated in Dimitris Sgouros' new record, "Songs and Melodies from Crete. The Archives of PAUL G. VLASTOS", which was released in April of 2011.
Nikos Tatasopoulos was born in the USA. He began playing bouzouki and performing on stage with his father the legendary soloist and composer John Tatasopoulos, at the mere age of 3. His performances continued nation-wide with his father until the age of 19 when he then moved to Athens Greece to continue his career in Greek Music. Throughout his career he has worked alongside both on stage and in the recording studio with the following artists: Giorgos Dalaras, Marinella, Tolis Voskopoulos, Litsa Diamanti, Antonis Vardis, Giannis Vardis, Eleni Dimou, Giorgos Sarris,Giannis Ploutarxos Glykeria, Kostas Tournas, Themis Adamantidis, Kaiti Garbi, Ilias Klonaridis, Eirni Merkouri, Alexia, Zafiris Melas, Katerina Korou, Stamatis Kokotas, Dimitris Kokotas, Poly Panou, Giorgos Margaritis, Giannis Dounias, Giannis Ploutarxos, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Alexandros Xatzis,Trifono and many more. Some soloists that he has worked along side include Stelios Zafeiriou, Thymios Stouraitis, Iordanis Tsomidis, Manolis Karantinis, Panagiotis Stergiou, Dimitris Bizas, Christos Konstantinou
He was born in Athens and since his early years, he was enchanted by the “rebétiko” music. He has studied drawing at the “Plaka” and “Tasos Rigas” school and he graduated from the “Spiros Ornerakis” school of arts. He has also taken lessons for special fx and special make-up, for shadow theatre puppets construction and as a tattoo artist. He has worked for many years as an illustrator and cartoonist for publishing firms, magazines and newspapers. He is a self-taught musician and singer and he belongs to the top-league of his generation's performers. At the age of 15, he started singing and playing the guitar and a few years later he started playing the baglamá. Since 1997 he has worked alone or with various bands, singing "rebétika" and "smyrneïka" in most "rebetadika" and music halls of Athens, and also at many concerts throughout Greece and even Europe (Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Swizzerland etc). He was in charge of the rebetiko music hall “Misirlou” for two seasons (2005/06-2006/07). He has by now worked with some of the most important people of the rebetiko, like: Agathonas Iakovidis, Giorgos Xindaris, Stelios Vamvakaris, Spyros Liosis, Kostas Kaldaras, Vaggelis Korakakis, Michalis Zampetas, Nikos Tatasopoulos, Haig Yazdjian, Manolis Pappos, Antonis Papaioannou, Manolis Dimitrianakis, Christos Konstantinou, Spyros Polykandriotis, Lela Papadopoulou, Katerina Tsiridou, Nikolas Syros, Thymios Stouraitis, Antonis Ainitis, Dimitris Kranidas, Giannis Papavasiliou (Vlahos) and many others, as well as with the “shadow theatre” players Thanasis & Kostas Spyropoulos, Ilias Karellas, Athos Danelis and Dimos Vougioukas, for a number of common appearances. He has published one personal cd, at 2011, by the title "Romantza", produced by "General music" and "8th Nota". He has also participated at the cd’s of Katerina Tsiridou (“Kismet”, “Opou ki an ise gyrise”, "Aman Katerina"), the soundtrack of the international documentary “My sweet canary”, the cd of Nikos Tatasopoulos (“Osa chronia ki an perasoun”) the cd of the Latin-Swedish band "Faela" ("Por el mundo") and more.
The guitar is the backbone of any good rebétika band and Nikos Protópapas is one of the most well respected guitar players of the his generation. He started working for the Press, in various magazines, and later he studied in a nursery school. But in the end music stole his heart! Nikos has been playing guitar professionally since 1984, along Giorgos Tzortzis and Vagelis Korakakis. During the next years he worked with Agáthonas Iakovídis, Babis Gollés, Giorgos Xindaris, Takis Binis, Ioanna Georgakopoulou, Manolis Dimitrianakis, Thodoros Polykandriotis, Koulis Skarpelis, Dimitris Tsaousakis, Babis Tsertos, Lela Papadopoulou, Giannis Lebesis, Anthoula Alifragi, Beba Blanche, Dimitris Efstathiou, Nikos Pergialis, Spiros Polykandriotis, Tassia Verra, Sofia Kolitiri, Giorgos Sarris, Spiros Liosis, Thodoros Papadopoulos, Doukissa, Charoula Lambraki, Kostas Papadopoulos, Giannis Moraitis to name a few. He has also collaborated, at 2005, with bluesmen, Louisiana Red, Bob Brozmann, Jolly Jumper and Big Mo in projects marrying blues with rebétika and worked with the Swedish group ‘The Meraklidhes’. He has also recorded extensively with artists such as Babis Golles, Agathonas, Glykeria, Dimitri Efstathíou and Nikos Pergialis amongst others. He also was the music supervisor for the cds of Katerina Tsiridou (“Kismet”, “Opou ki an ise gyrise”, "Aman Katerina"), Sotiris Papatragiannis (“Romantza”) and some of Stavros Avramoglou.
Singer, bouzouki and oud player spent many years immersing himself in musical training and studies. He has gained a reputation for his fine vocal improvisation and solo work on both instruments. His training began at the school of traditional music of the late, great santouri player Aristidi Moschou and continued with oud tutelage under the guidance of the oud master Yurdal Toksan. He has played at all of the important ‘rebetadika’ in Athens while his talents and the unique color of his playing has lead him to play concerts worldwide including; Turkey, South Africa, France and Norway etc. He has performed with many of the biggest names currently on the Greek music scene such as, Agathonas, Babis Golles, Sophia Kolitiri, Babis Tsertos, Theodoro Polykantrioti, Katerina Tsiridou, Giorgos Xydaris and others.
From an early age Katerina learned the classical piano, folk guitar and baglama. Although she is of young age, for years she is considered to be one of the best singers for rebetika and traditional Greek songs. She has already performed in the biggest stages of Athens and innumerable gigs all over Greece, as well as in other countries (Norway, Egypt, Cyprous, Chech Republic, Kosovo, U.S.A., Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Dubai e.t.c.). She has appeared in many t.v. and radio shows in Greek and foreign channels (France, Cyprous and more) and also in documentaries and tv series.
Katerinas Tsiridou’s music has a lot of world music influences, experimenting with musicians from all over the world during concerts and seminars of rebetiko and smyrneiko music. She has worked with the bluesman Louisiana Red, Bob Brozmann, Jolly Jumper and Big Mo in projects marrying blues with rebétika ,with the Swedish rebetika group ‘The Meraklidhes’and also with the greek rap group IMISKOUMBRIA.She also took part in the documentary about Roza Eskenazy “My sweet canary”.
She was one of the founding members of the band KOMPANIA. They produced two cds ,that both got in the top 10 of the WMCE (World music charts of Europe).The first cd ,2012, “KOMPANIA LIVE” no5 and the second cd ,2013, “ROUNDTRIP” no7.
Soon an new solo cd of Katerina tsiridou is going to be released, it’s a tribute to the great Greek composer Panagiotis Toundas.
She has by now worked with very important people of rebetiko music, like: Stelios Vamvakaris, Spiros Liosis, Babis Goles, Takis Binis, Tolis Charmas, Agathonas, Giorgos Xindaris, Manolis Dimitrianakis, Vagelis Korakakis, Thodoros Polykandriotis, Dimitris Tsaousakis, Babis Tsertos, Giannis Argyris, Spiros Polykandriotis, Lela Papadopoulou, Giorgos Tzortzis, Thodoros Papadopoulos, Giannis Moraitis, Doukissa, Charoula Lampraki, Tassia Verra, Kostas Papadopoulos, Iordanis Tsomidis, Nikos Tatasopoulos, Rena Stamou, Kostas Tsigos, Nikos Dimitratos, Giorgos Sarris and also international collaboration with bluesmen.She has participated in many cds of Babis Goles, Agathonas, Stavros Avramoglou, Michalis Chatzigiannis, Giannis Parios, Michalis Dimitriadis, Dimitris Kalatzis, Giorgos Margaritis, the Centre for Traditional music of Lesvos, a cd for Giorgos Mitsakis and Sotiris Papatragiannis. In 2009 she released her first solo cd by the title “Kismet”, published by “General Music” ,in 2012 a cd by the title “Opou ki an ise gyrise”, published by “Protasis music”, and her new cd “Aman Katerina”, also published by “Protasis music” in December 2015.
Katerina Tsiridou is also a radio producer, presenting weekly a radio show about the rebetiko and Smyrneiko called ”rebetiki serenata” in ERTOPEN radio.
Manolis Pappos is one of the most important composers and bouzouki players of the last 50 years, with more than 800 compositions to date. He is well known for his collaborations with Greek and international artists like Theodorakis, Xarhakos, Arvanitaki, Galani, Ntalaras, Papazoglou, Malamas, Tsaligopoulou, Peridis, Ioannidis and Loreena Mckennitt, Vinicio Capossela, Ross Dally, Nasheer Shama, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and many others. Two of his compositions have been used by John Williams in the soundtrack for 2005 Steven Spielberg film "Munich". Since 2006, we are used to seeing him on Greek National TV, where every Sunday he directs the orchestra of the show "Kyriakatiko Trapezi". He is the perfect example of the Greek virtuous player: he experiments with a great number of string instruments such as bouzouki, outi, madolino, tzouras, baglamas and many others from the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia.