Artist Profiles: Kostis Avyssinos

Kostis Avyssinos

Kostis Avyssinos born and raised in Skalani of Iraklion, Crete (Greece) and made his first musical steps next to his father, Master of Cretan music and skilled violinist George Avyssinos. They traveled together for years both in Greece and abroad conveying the magic of Cretan musical tradition throughout global Hellenic diasporas.

Kostis Avyssinos has collaborated with George Avyssino playing lute, mandolin, boulgari, and mandolin and as a singer. In 1996 in collaboration with the famous Turkish dab of violin Senich Antegker and Dimitris Apostolakis, Kostis Avyssinos made his first solo album with the title “Libyan Sea”. At the same time he works on stage with many leading musicians in both traditional and Rebetika genres.

In 1997 he collaborated with Chainides band. Arising from this collaboration is an album titled “The Big Voyage”.

Kostis Avyssinos is carrying the origins of Cretan tradition and assimilating many musical traditions (Smyrnaiiko, Island, Rebetiko).

He has taken part in international folk music festivals in France, Italy, America, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Turkey, etc.

He has presented his work in many cities and villages of Crete and the rest of Greece (Athens, Thessalonica, Patras, Volos, Ioannina and the Aegean Islands. He has also performed in the magnificent Athens Concert Hall.

Discography

Libyan Sea (1996)
Tou Livykou to pelagos (Warner Music)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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