SOFIA AVRAMIDOU - BINOME [007] CD 2019

Sofia Avramidou is a Greek composer and singer. Having graduated from the Composition Departments of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, she is currently pursuing a Post-graduate Cursus Program on Composition and Computer Music at the “IRCAM” (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) in Paris. During her classical studies she got extensively involved with traditional music and improvisation,emphasizing particularly in the folk style. “Binôme” is the
amalgam of contemporary compositional techniques and the traditional/folk style. Among her acclaimed compositions is her score for Evangelia Kranioti’s film “Obscuro Barroco” (Teddy Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2018) and a Chamber Opera for the Biennale
of Venice (2018). Sofia Avramidou is recipient of the Goffredo Petrassi Prize, awarded by the President of the Italian Republic.

VERGESSENHEIT - SONGBOOK [006] CD 2019

VERGESSENHEIT  is the project of Kostas  Kakouris (pianist, composer) and Anastasis  Grivas (experimental sound artist). Under the special requirements of each concept  they invite to participate different artists  who bring their own ideas, attitudes and arrangements. ''Vergessenheit'' is a German word for ''Forgetfulness'', "Oblivion" and it is a term introduced by German philosopher Martin Heidegger in order to define the  present state of the  "Question of Being".

SONGBOOK, contains a traditional irish folk song in two different covers and seven others on poetry by William Butler Yeats, William Ernest Henley and lyrics by Susanne Wieser & Vasilis Athanasiadis.
PARTICIPATED: Kostas Kakouris (piano, organ), Anastasis Grivas (loops, electronics), Stavros Parginos (cello, lute), Nicoleta Chatzopoulou (viola da gamba), Michalis Kavadias (el. guitar, el. bass), Susanne Wieser, Lito Messini, Katerina Papachristou, Nikos Saligaros (vocals)

I. SONGS ABOUT LOVE AND DESPRAIR
1.Black is the color-Nikos Saligaros(vocals), 2.Reh Na Hoh-Susanne Wieser (vocals), 3.Longing- Katerina Papachristou(vocals), 4. Invictus-Susanne Wieser (vocals)
II. SONGS ABOUT NOTHING
5. A Fire Long Dead-Katerina Papachristou(vocals), 6. Wer Wandert-Susanne Wieser (vocals), 7. Pale Dream (for Nico)-Susanne Wieser (vocals), 8. Loss-Lito Messini (vocals) + Longing (alternative version - Vasilis Athanasiadis)
Recording sessions were made between May 2015 and July 2017
Recording, mixing, mastering by Vangelis Fampas in ΑΚΡΟΝ STUDIO. Artwork by Maria Platia. Front cover painting by Amelie Bolofi. The painting was inspired by a photo titled
Toscana, 1965,by Gianni Berengo Gardin.

BLACK IS THE COLOR | NIKOS SALIGKAROS VOCALS

listen at https://spark.adobe.com/video/Won7L3D9Efg7W

STRINGLES - STRINGLESS [OUT 005] CD 2018

''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.

LAKIS TZIMKAS TRIO featuring MARK WHITFIELD: The Meeting [OUT 004] CD 2017]

Lakis Tzimka’s new personal cd is the result of his collaboration with Mark Whitfield, one of the most important and influential jazz musicians in the 90’s. The trio is Mark Whitfield on guitar, Lakis Tzimkas on double bass and Christos Yermenoglou on drums. All the compositions, three of which are for solo double bass, were written for the trio by Lakis Tzimkas. It is a blend of mainstream and modern jazz with influences from jazz greats, such as Wes Montgomery, Wayne Shorter, Pat Martino and Charles Mingus.