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Itamar Doari

Itamar Doari

Itamar Doari is an internationally renowned percussion artist, music producer, and composer. For over 20 years, Doari has been collaborating with myriad artists, performing concerts on the world's most prestigious stages, teaching master classes, recording albums, participating in music conferences, and spreading his music and spirit across the globe. Itamar was born and raised in the Galilee surrounded by a wealth of musical traditions and rhythms—Egyptian, Sephardic, Turkish, Persian, and Bedouin, which coexist in and resonate from this same tiny area of the country. Inspired by this artistic environment and infinite musical sources, Doari began studying the ancient art of rhythm and drumming and digging into his cultural roots. This search led to the development of his unique musical identity and technique. Doari's status as one of the world's most innovative and influential percussionists derives from years of musical collaborations and study while traveling and touring, which he combined with his native Middle Eastern influences. He channeled these talents into his musical craft to create compositions for renowned dance companies, such as the Vertigo Dance Company, original music productions such as WadiAtma, film scores and his work as a musical director for festivals such as the Secret Music Festival., He also collaborates with world-renowned musicians such as Avishai Cohen, Avi Avital, Ladino singer Yasmin Levy, Concha Buika, Berry Sakharof, Idan Raichel, Esther Ofarim, Yoni Rechter, Eviatar Banai, Amal Murcus, Ahuva Ozeri, Shye BenTzur, Nitin Sawhney, Omer Faruk Tekbilek, Radiohead guitarist and composer Johnny Greenwood and more. In 2010 Doari was one of the founding members of the band Yemen Blues with singer and composer Ravid Kahalani. The two produced three albums together and explored, through the band music inflected with contemporary funk grooves, Arabic beats, and deeply soulful, ancient chants deriving from cultures spanning Yemen to West Africa.
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AL HANIM TRIO

AL HANIM TRIO

Al Hanim Trio band faces music as a means of global communication and builds harmonious bridges from East to West. It is a band created by three musicians and friends, who want to present their personal compositions and instrumentations. Based on Chania, or according to the Arabs "Al Hanim" which has been and continues to be a cultural crossroad over the centuries, they create an amalgam of music from the Mediterranean, the Arab world, Jazz and other contemporary music trends.
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MARIA KOTI

MARIA KOTI

Since 2000, Maria Koti has been a member of the Chainides group as the main singer in their albums and live performances. She has also recorded, and performed live with several other well-known musicians and artists in Greece and abroad. She has worked with George Koumentakis on his opera, entitled "The Killer" which was staged in 2014 at the Concert Hall. She was a founding member of the vocal ensemble "Sanades", and has performed with traditional and folk music groups from the Balkans. She teaches and conducts traditional song workshops in Crete, Athens, Ikaria, etc. For the last 24 years she has been recording next to great musicians and performers (Psarantonis, Chainides, Mode Plagal, Nikos Portokaloglou, George Mavromanolakis, Dimitris Zacharioudakis, etc.) She is currently wrapping up her new personal album.
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PERCUSSION4ONE

PERCUSSION4ONE

"Percussion4One" is a percussion group formed in 2014 by 3 musicians, who decided to combine their own great experiences and musical paths, but mainly their love and passion for music and their craft. In the music universe of "Percussion4One", rhythms and colors from Latin America, West Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean as well as Greek traditional music combine to create a modern sound, making them unique in the genre! They have taken part in many major events, in Greece and abroad, such as the "Greek Shipping Awards" 2019, the Athens TEDX in the 2019 opening ceremony. They also recorded and performed for the "Greece2021" official promo video, etc. Through organized festivals, they carry out actions - seminars - workshops, communicating the world of rhythm and percussion to a wider audience in a unique educational and interactive way. The members of PERCUSSION4ONE are: Nikos Darilas, Alekos Roupas, Vassilis Katsabelas.
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PETROS VARTHAKOURIS

PETROS VARTHAKOURIS

He was born and raised in Paros island, where he took piano lessons and music theory with Jeffry Carson. At the age of 19 years old comes to Athens and monitor guitar lessons at the Philippos NAKAS Conservatory and jazz harmony with Yiotis Samaras, while working as a guitarist in important groups of the city. His next step is studying double bass in Modern Conservatory of Thessaloniki with Evgenios Politis. Playing electric and acoustic bass, has has collaborated with well-known artists, like Pantelis Thalassinos, Haris Alexiou,Alkistis Protopsalti, Orpheas Peridis etc. in live performances, recordings and orchestrations. At the same time has a strong presence in the Greek jazz scene (collaborations with Stavros Lantsias, Antonis Ladopoulos, etc.) and participates in Greek and international festivals as a key associate of Vassilis Rakopoulos, Haig Yazdjian, Takis Farazis.
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Haig Yazdjian

Haig Yazdjian

Haig Yazdjian is Armenian, born in Syria. Since 1980, he lives and works in Greece. It is strange, but being in Greece drove him to discover the seductive elements of oriental music and find out in oud the way to express his musical pursuits. His first album, titled Talar ("Evergreen"), was released in 1996, establishing him as one of the most talented and promising composers of his generation. This was followed by the second album titled, Garin and the single, Gift, which were highly received by the audience and critics. Haig Yazdjian began collaborations with important artists in Greek music. In 2000, the music for the theatrical performance "The Beast on the Moon" was released on CD, which marked a new turning point in the musical quest. This was followed by the albums, Yeraz (2001) and Amalur (2007) which signify expressive and artistic maturity. Haig Yazdjian has worked with many important Greek composers and singers as well as soloists of international prestige. Among them, Eleni Vitali, Fotini Velesiotou, Nikos Portokaloglou, Nikos Xydakis, George Dalaras, Savina Giannatou, Maria Farantouri, Dimitra Galani, Elli Paspala, David Lynch, Giotis Kiourtsoglou, Michalis Nikoloudis, Dave Spilain, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Djivan Gasparyan, Ara Dinkjan, Theodossii Spassov, Glen Velez and others. In 2005, he participated, together with a hand - picked small group of Greek craftsmen, in Loreena McKennitt's album, entitled, An Ancient Muse, as well as in the world tour that followed. Haig Yazdjian stands out for the unique way in which he mixes diverse elements of Eastern Mediterranean traditional music, believing that tradition is a living, creative force
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VAGGELIS KARIPIS

VAGGELIS KARIPIS

He has studied Byzantine music and theory at the Greek Conservatory. At the same time, he started playing percussion with renowned teachers, such as Tricy Shankaral, Joe Santos, Jammey Haddad, Arto Tuncboyaciayan. Up to this time, he has worked with many Greek composers and singers, participating in performances in Greece and abroad (Savorama, Domna Samiou at the Herodion, Womad festivals, Meinz festival, Sfinx festival etc.). He has worked with soloists of international prestige such as Haig Yazdjan, Giotis Kiourtzoglou, Socrates Sinopoulos, Ross Dally, Ara Dinkjan, Arto Tuncboyaciayan, Zohar Fresco and others. For the last 18 years he has performed for more than 400 music albums and theatrical performances. In 2004, he represented Greece at the international percussion meeting in Tunisia for the MediMuses program. He has taught in seminars in Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Tunisia, the Netherlands and England. In 2004, he was invited by the Greek composer Giannis Psathas for concerts with the group, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, in the Netherlands and Germany and with the group Stroma, in New Zealand. In 2016, he was again invited by the University of Music in Wellington to record and tour for the anniversary documentary "No man's land" on World War I. In 1998, He created the percussion group, KROTALA, together with Petros Kourtis and Andreas Papas. Since 2009, he, Haig Yazdjan (oud) and Giotis Kiourtzoglou (bass) as a TRIO has been touring all over Greece and Europe. He is also a member of Ara Dinkjan Quartet, along with Socrates Sinopoulos and Giannis Kyrimkiridis. Since October 2016 he has been teaching percussion at the Postgraduate Department of Musicology at the University of Athens.
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TOPOS

TOPOS

Topos ("my topos" means the place where I come from, my roots) is a Greek band from Rethymno, Crete. Tópos consist of: Matthaia X. Spitadaki on vocals, Eleni Alexandonaki on keys, Argiris Exarchos on electric guitar, Filippos Zeibekoglou-Müller on drums and Vangelis Mamalakis on Cretan lute. The 1st single named “tou topou”is a mix from a Greek- Cretan traditional music dance, "sousta", and a pop light, summer music piece. "Topos" are influenced by their island life and their references resonate in sea, sky, gorges, freedom, the sun, love and the magic of life. Their aim is to combine tradition with the present but mainly with the future !!! Their first record which will be released by FM records is entitled "Ola se Mia Thalassa" (Everything in a sea) and consists of 10 tracks with Greek lyrics in traditional rhythms and at the same time modern elements. 1st single: “Tou topou” 1st album: "Ola se mia thalassa" to be expected. Genres: experimental rock, new age folk, world, pop.
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THE BUCKET BOY (MATTHEW PRETTY)

THE BUCKET BOY (MATTHEW PRETTY)

Hailing from Tom’s River, NJ, Matthew Pretty first sat down on a traditional drum kit at 3 years old. Since then, he ‘s trained as a snare drummer on a world – class drumline, busked his way around the world, and developed a unique blend of street-hardened showmanship and incredible technical proficiency. Racking up more than 50 million views online, his boisterous charm and powerful chops have made him a crowd favourite on stages across the world.
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ALEX DRAKOS KTISTAKIS

ALEX DRAKOS KTISTAKIS

Alex Drakos Ktistakis holds a Master's Degree in Music performance, from the Ionian University of Greece. He has also studied jazz drums performance in Athens. He has participated in the International Association of Schools of Jazz (I.A.S.J.) at Berklee College of music. Studied (private lessons) next to Ron Savage, Ralph Peterson, Lee Pierson, Antonio Sanchez. He has arranged projects that have been performed by some of the most famous Greek music Artists in major concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall (USA), Piccolo Teatro (Milan,It.), Odeon of Herodus Atticus. He has composed his debut album entitled “TORA” (Puzzlemusik Records) which is performed by his trio , Alex Drakos Trio. He recently composed and produced his new project for Chamber Orchestra, jazz quartet and choir which is about to be released very soon (Panik Oxygen). He composes music for Theater and various events and has a special interest on working and composing with Choirs. As a drummer, he has performed with a variety of great musicians worldwide in jazz, latin-jazz, funk, fusion-Jazz and Greek music. He is an active recording artist in a variety of music projects on different styles of music. He has been a visiting professor at the Ionian University – Music Department (Faculty of jazz) for six years. He had been a drums instructor at conservatory "Filipos Nakas” of Athens for several years. He is the education Manager in Lab Music Education having under his supervision the modification, development and proper conduct of the curriculum and syllabus. At the same time, he teaches drums and gives clinics and masterclasses. He is the co-owner of Lab Heraklion Music Education. He is the host for a series of music shows for Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center entitled “Lighthouse Sessions” and has been tv host for the series entitled “Music Dialogs” at Vouli TV.--
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DE TODAS FORMAS

DE TODAS FORMAS

The flamenco group "De Todas Formas" was founded in 2013 and consists of artists from different backgrounds, experiences, studies, tastes and aesthetics, with their common love and devotion to the art of flamenco. Based in Athens, they create original musical compositions and choreographies with intense dynamism and a special sense of balance between tradition and avant-garde, combining the tradition of flamenco with other contemporary musical trends. Over the years there have been different versions and participations in the team (Giota Iroidou, Mercedes Cortes - vocals, Panagiotis Bourazanis - electric bass, Dina Kesse - Flamenco dance, Sam Marlieri - saxophone). At the Rethymnon Percussion Festival, the main core of the group, Giannis Papagiannoulis - percussion and composition, Panos Kartimpelis - Flamenco guitar and composition and Electra Chrysanthou - Flamenco dance and choreography, will present part of their latest performance "Ιsorropia Flamenco Performance ". De Todas Formas participated in festivals all over Greece such as: SummERTime, Veroia Evihi Poli, Oitis Festival, Little Paris of Athens etc. As well as in music venues such as: Spiti Art Bar, Aliko, Faust, Babel etc.
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TAKIS FARAZIS

TAKIS FARAZIS

He was born in Athens in 1964.He studied classical music at the Hellenic Conservatory and in 1983 he attended the classes of the Hungarian jazz pianist Bela Lacatos.In 1984 he co-founded the jazz-fusion group ISKRA with which he released two albums(“ A new day” and “Parastasis”). He first composed music for the group and he later got involved in other ventures and music styles.As an assosiate of the National theatre of Greece composed music mainly for Ancient Greek Drama productions participating in the Festival of Epidaurus(Euripides': “Alkestis” , “Ion” , “Medea” - Sophocles': “Antigone”, “ Oedipus” - Aeschylus':“Persians” ). He has also composed music for the cinema and he has worked with a wide range of Greek composers,singers and musicians,as an arranger and a pianist in a large number of recordings and concerts in Greece and Europe.In 2010 he cooperated with Charles Lloyd and Maria Farantouri in Athens Concert (Herode Atticus Odeon) which was recorded and released by ECM in 2011.
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TIGRAN SARGSYAN

TIGRAN SARGSYAN

Tigran Sargsyan was born in 1968 in the Republic of Armenia. He was 6 years old, when he first started playing shvi (Armenian traditional wooden flute). At 7, he went to a music school, where he continued his education on wooden wind instruments (shvi, duduk, zourna, pkou, clarinet, sring and voice improvisation). In 1980, he took part in a folk festival in Caucasus, where he won the first prize. In 1986, he studied at Romanos Melikian National School of Music. After graduating in 1990, he worked as a teacher at the School of Music and played in the Armenian National Folk Ensemble. Since 1996, he lives in Athens, working with a large number of well-known composers and performers (for more than 120 records). As a soloist of an excellent ethno-jazz group NOR-DAR, he has made a great effort to produce 6 albums, working with some famous artists such as Lakshmi Shankar, Marc Johnson, Hossam Ramzi, Demis Roussos, Eberhard Weber and others. His plan is to produce his own album, as well as to continue to work with as many artists as possible.
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PANTELIS NTZIALAS

PANTELIS NTZIALAS

Pantelis Ntzialas was born in Agrinio. He studied classical guitar with Nikos Dimousis, Jazz guitar alongside Christoforos Karalis and Konstantinos Baltazanis, as well as Advanced Theory and Art History. He is also a graduate of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management of the University of Ioannina. He has participated as a guitarist and orchestrator in a variety of performances and recordings, accompanying music groups from Greece and abroad. He has collaborated with big names in the Greek music scene such as Stavros Xarchakos, Stamatis Kraounakis, Christos Nikolopoulos, Alkistis Protopsalti, Lina Nikolakopoulou, Michalis Hatzigiannis, Melina Aslanidou and many others. He also writes music for theatrical performances and films as well as songs for his personal project.
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skiouro5

skiouro5

Skiouro5 is an instrumental band created by three musicians of various musical genres in Rethymno in 2016. Michalis Zega on the electric guitar, Michalis Avlonitis on the bass and Christoforos Pitsidimos on the drums. The band follows a style inspired by the traditional music of Greece, the music of the East and the contemporary Western Music of Europe and America. In 2017, they worked with Maria Koti, performing concerts throughout Crete and Greece. Maria Koti and Skiouro 5 invite us to an electric and electrified musical performance, in which they present "rearranged" songs from Maria’s Koti discography, while at the same time they offer us interesting electric and atmospheric arrangements of well-known songs from the domestic and international discography and from the musical tradition of Greece and the world, as well as their own original compositions. All in all the musical Trio of Skiouro 5 presents rearranged songs in their own electric versions of a large scale of genres (ranging from the Chainides and Maria’s Koti songs, Rizitika of Crete, traditional ones of the Mediterranean, Turkey, Spain, and Greece to Rebetiko, the old folk but even the "light" urban songs) under the spell of their improvisation.
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