Artist Profiles: Vasilis Kostas

Vasilis Kostas (right) with Petroloukas Halkias – Photo by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos

Vasilis Kostas is a much-admired lauto (Greek lute) player from Epirus, Greece. He is part of the ‘Global Messengers’, the ensemble of Grammy Award-winning pianist and UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Perez. Kostas has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Panama Jazz Festival, and world music conference WOMEX in Poland.

His style on the lauto is based on studying Petroloukas Halkias’s clarinet lines and philosophy on his instrument as well as finding ways to merge jazz improvisation tools with the elements of his musical roots.

Vasilis obtained his degree in Philosophy and Pedagogy at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece and a diploma at the Berklee College of Music.

Later, he graduated from the Masters program of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston where he studied on a full scholarship.

Vasilis Kostas resides and works in Boston, and travels internationally and throughout the United Stated to present Greek music.

Discography:

The Soul of Epirus, with Vasilis Kostas (Technotropon, 2019)

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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