''StringLESS'' is a vocal group of five women singers of Bulgarian, Albanian and Greek origin. The name StringLESS is a word pun on the English word meaning ''without strings'' and the Greek onomatopoeic word meaning ''shrews'', mythical creatures of the Greek folk tradition. The repertoire is based on Greek folk songs from Epirus, Pontus, and Macedonia, on the early urban tradition of Smyrna -the so called retro songs of 30's- and the rembetiko of Piraeus. Along these lines, our repertoire includes songs stemming from the Balkan, Gaelic, Cuban, Gospel and Corse tradition, all orchestrated in a polyphonic mode.
The group’s objective is a polyphonic orchestration, even when in comes to inherently non-polyphonic songs. All orchestrations are devised by the group, transforming a well-known song into a totally new and diverse music proposal, or transcribing the sound of musical instruments into a sound produced by the human body, as if it were a wind or percussion instrument.
Was born in Thessaloniki and grew up in Kozani, Greece. His first band was Social Squash, punk band formed in 1984. His first study on electric bass was at Jazz Conservatory in Thessaloniki with Manolis Sideridis. In 1994 further studies at American Institute of Music in Vienna, with Angus Thomas, Jonas Hellborg, Wayne Brasel, lead to achieving a Professional diploma. In 1995 studies on jazz contrabass at Art University of Graz, Austria, with Wayne Darling, Ewald Oberleitner and Mark Dresser. In 1996 he had his first solo-bass concert. In June 2000 he finishes the studies and achieves a Master degree. In June 2008 he finishes his classical studies in Contrabass at University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki with Eugenios Politis.
During his staying in Austria he played and toured with the Big Band and the Symphony Orchestra of Graz University, in Austria, Slovenia, Poland and Slovakia. He worked with musicians such as Wayne Brasel, Mark Murphy, Fritz Pauer, Angus Thomas, Henry Robinett, Alan Jones, Sheila Jordan, James Carter, Karl Ratzer and others.
Since July 2000, he lives in Thessaloniki, Greece, and he plays in many different bands with numerous styles varying from be-bop to funk, contemporary music.
Namely, he played with Sakis Papadimitriou and Georgia Syllaiou, with Sheila Jordan - at Half Note Jazz Club, in Athens, January 2003, and on tour in Greece, March 2004 - Andy Sheppard, Rex Richardson, Milcho Leviev, Danny Hayes, Chicko Freeman, Mordy Ferber, Christos Rafalides, Jeff Boudreaux, Sanni Orasmaa, Ed Neumeister, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, James Carter, Uli Rennert, Clyde Stubblefield, Joris Dudli, Jon Hendricks, Rick Margitza, Adam Nussbaum, Richie Morales, Airto Moreira, Glen Ferris, Chuck Manning, Ron Petrides, Venchi Blagoev, Dimitrios Vassilakis, Takis Farazis, Takis Barberis, Vaso Dimitriou, Savina Giannatou, Nikos Touliatos, Nikos Anadolis, Sami Amiri, Faton Macula, Antonis Ladopoulos quartet, Tilemachos Moussas band, Giotis Kiourtsoglou, Dimitris Gouberitsis, Charis Kapetanakis, Giannis Oikonomidis, Kostas Kouvidis, Nikos Vargiamidis, Plan 3 trio and formed or co - initiated the Lakis Tzimkas & Oleg Chaly quartet, Trio Balkano, with Pantelis Stoikos (trumpet) and Alekos Papadopoulos (drums).
Apopsis trio, Bass to Bass, a contrabass duo with Nektarios Karantzis, Categoria X, a funk project, and Free Call, an electronic free jazz project.
Spooky RedRum were first formed in Corfu in 2009 from Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou, who is the songwriter of the band. Collaborating with the most talented people on the island, she composed the first songs until 2011 when she moved to Athens. A small break followed but in 2015 the vision of Spooky RedRum took shape again and thus the debut “The Illusion of Time” was recorded. Based on the themed concept of Time and consisting of songs / themed sections, each one telling a separate story but together composing a main idea, The Illusion of Time incorporates all the band’s influences, from Burzum to Alfred Schnittke. Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Morphine (band), Bjork, Massive Attack and many others have left their mark on the music of Spooky RedRum thus contributing to this admirable first project which brings together the love for rock and new wave with the experimental and Avant Garde mood.