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Nikos Tsiachris, El Greco Flamenco

Nikos Tsiachris, featuring Bandolero – Alcance (Galileo Music GMC075 CD, 2017)

Alcance is the remarkable debut album of Berlin-based Greek flamenco guitarist and composer Nikos Tsiachris. And indeed he plays real flamenco. Tsiachris delights the listener with a set that includes various flamenco palos (genres), including bulerias, garrotin, soleá, farruca, rumba, granaina and alegria.

The Spanish influence is clearly evident and it’s no wonder since Nikos Tsiachris invited Spain’s famed flamenco percussionist Bandolero (José Manuel Ruíz Motos). The Madrid-born Bandolero is one of the finest flamenco percussionists and has played with some flamenco’s biggest stars. He plays cajón and palmas (flamenco handclap percussion) and adds jaleos (shouts of encouragement) as well.
Alcance, nevertheless, is not a traditional album. Tsiachris surprises the listener with a brief injection of electric guitar on the opening track “Alcance”, a Middle Eastern trumpet introduction on “Lobna” and flamenco-jazz on “Baracoa.”

Spain-based Cuban bass player Yelsy Heredia also appears on the album, adding a succulent Cuban flavor that blends perfectly with Bandolero’s beats, Tsiachris’ guitar and a Latin jazz trumpet played by Martin Auer.

Also featured is Flamenco singer Juan Cárdenas on one track, trumpet player Milad Khawam, Tom Auffarth on percussion, Takashi Peterson on electric guitar, and Yorgos Dimitriadis on percussion.

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Artist Profiles: Martha Mavroidi

Martha Mavroidi

Martha Mavroidi is a lutist and singer from Greece. She plays folk lutes (lafta and saz) performing music from Greece and the Balkans. She has participated in various world and contemporary music projects in Europe and the United States of America. She has also composed music for films, dance and theater.

She launched her music career as a recording artist in 2010 with the release of her critically acclaimed debut album “The Garden of Rila”. With her new trio she takes her music a step forward, drawing from her experience in folk music those elements that can be reworked in a contemporary music project.

In 2012 Martha Mavroidi showcased at WOMEX with an unconventional trio (bass, drums, folk lutes and voice) that brought together Balkan music and improvisation. The band performed in numerous venues and festivals in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. In 2012 they released their album Portaki.

Trio line up: Giorgos Ventouris on double bass, Kostas Anastasiadis on percussion and Martha Mavroidi on electric lafta, saz, voice.

Discography

* The Garden of Rila (2010)
* Portaki (2012)
* Agiorgitiko (Violins Productions)
* Thread and Neddle

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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)

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