A new album by Alekos Vretos is scheduled for release on 10th November 2009 in Athens. The new CD is called Mergin’, and it refers to a merging of East and West. It took Alekos almost 3 years to complete his new Mergin’. The music is a clever mix of Arabic, Jazz, Latin and Greek elements, a form of world jazz. Traditional instruments like the oud, the violin and the nay combined with the piano, drums and the saxophone bring out all of the flavors.
Alekos was determined to record the album on his own terms. He started his own record company called Jadeo Music and he features 3 different labels: Just Adjust Records, Jadeo Music Records and Zymbel Records. Mergin’ will be released on the 10th November 2009 by Just Adjust Records worldwide. It will be distributed through the e-store of the company (www.jadeomusic.com) and the MP3 format will be distributed through CDBaby.com. Alekos did not want to take his album to the majors. That was the first thought as the project evolved. He did not want accounting and marketing messing with his music. The music had to be as pure as snow. He succeeded.
He used friends like Basam Saba, who flew all the way from New York to Athens just to play in this CD. Takis Paterelis, Serapheim Mpelos, Konstantina Kyriazi, Dimitris Sevdalis, Kiki Bu, April Centrone, Giorgos Roulos were delighted to play in the CD and had a ball. Great improvisations and music playing with the out most artistry is the basis for this work by Alekos.
Author: Alekos Vretos
Greek oudist, pianist and composer Alekos Vretos has been merging jazz, Arabic, Greek and Latin music in a masterful blend of sounds from traditional instruments, such as the oud or the nay, vs. the modern ones. As a bandleader, Alekos has developed a unique atmosphere for his music: keeping traditional sound in the front line, he expands it through jazz improvisation and exploding rhythmic development.
In 2014, Alekos released his 2nd personal CD “K. on Top”. A long way musically from his previous work “Mergin’”, “K. on Top” is a statement of how World music and Jazz should be mixed without becoming to separate genres in one piece. Mature and stable, he is walking the line of good and tasteful musicianship overall. For his work and help towards the music scene (especially World Jazz), he was included in 2013 list of the 100+1 most influential people in the Greek music scene published by the Athens Voice newspaper.
Some of the venues that Alekos has performed in – with great reviews on his playing and composing – are: The Herodion (GR), The Athens Concert Hall (GR), the Berklee Performance Center (USA), Mount Holyoke College (USA), the Tombs of Kings in Palestine, The Argos Ancient Theatre (GR), The Half Note Jazz Club (GR), The Vortex Jazz Club (UK), The 1er Piso Jazz Club (MEX), 2nd Athens World Jazz Music Festival (GR), 1st Medieval Byzantine Festival Of Kastoria (GR), 2nd Fougaro Jazz Festival (GR), and more.
He has collaborated with legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, as well as Gilad Atzmon, Simon Shaheen, Haig Yazdjian, Theodore Antoniou, The Greek Contemporary Ensemble, The Kamerata (The Orchestra of the Friends of Music), the Jazz Upstairs Big Band, Yorgos Fakanas, Dimitris Maragopoulos, The Athens State Orchestra, Lakis Chalkias, Kostas Thomaidis and Takis Paterelis to name a few.