Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis
Greekadelia is the name of the latest album release of Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis (number 1 in the World Music Charts Europe in August and in September 2012), including electro-acoustic arrangements of traditional, folk songs from Greece. The whole album was recorded and is being presented by the two musicians playing as a duet, using their traditional instruments and the live looping technique in a most genuine way.
In their live concerts as a duet Kristi Stassinopoulou in singing and story telling, Indian harmonium, frame drums and small percussions and Stathis Kalyviotis on laouto, live looping and groove sample are taking us to a sound-scape ranging from purely acoustic to purely electronic and visiting all the in-betweens with folk songs from their country and also with their own compositions from their past four albums.
Kristi Stassinopoulou – short portrait
Singer, lyricist and fiction writer Kristi Stassinopoulou, a native Athenian, active on Greece’s alternative music scene for many years, has generated a wide appeal in the international world music circuit.
Accompanied by her long time collaborator composer, arranger, co-producer and multi-instrumentalist -with an all-round grasp of diverse styles- Stathis Kalyviotis, they have made 5 albums of international appeal, Ifantokosmos, Echotropia (WMCE top 10) The Secrets of the Rocks (number 1in the WMCE in Jan 03), Taxidoscopio (“traveller’s tales from the Greekadelic Queen” fRoots magazine) and Greekadelia (number 1 in the World Music Charts Europe in August and in September 2012).
Kristi’s poetic lyrics evoke primordial mythology, alluding to imaginary landscapes, sun worship, bright passions and things eternal. The successful blend of traditional greek rhythms and sound colours, haunting Byzantine vocal lines, rembetika music, psychedelic rock, ambience and electronica, combined with Kristi’s vivid scenic appearance and personality and her colourful band, sparked great response and led to frequent appearances in music festivals and clubs mostly in Europe, N. America and Brazil. (21 Montreal International Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk festival, NY Summer Stage, Kennedy Centre, Womex 2002 Germany, Europe in Union, Union Chappel, London UK, Barbican London UK, Fira Manresa, Spain, Forum Barcelona 2004, Spain, 7 Soi 7 Luas, Portugal, Mostra de Artes Mediterraneo, Brazil, to name a few)
Her albums and her performances have been gathering enthusiastic reviews all around the globe (fRoots, UK, Songlines, UK, Guardian, UK, Independent, UK, New York Herald Tribune, USA, Global Village, Jazz Times, El Pais, Spain, Billboard, USA, Time Out, UK, La Presse, Canada, and many more).
Their new album Greekadelia containing arrangements of Greek traditional, demotika, folk songs, with soundscapes ranging from purely acoustic to purely electronic, is for two months in a row, August 2012 and September 2012, number 1 in the World Music Charts Europe.
Kristi and Stathis continue their musical voyage, writing new songs, experimenting on sounds and giving live performances in Greece and abroad.
Stathis Kalyviotis - short portrait
Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and co-producer, together with Kristi Stassinopoulou, of the albums Greekadelia , Taxidoscopio, The Secrets of the Rocks, Echotropia and Ifantokosmos.
In 1981 formed one of the first Greek punk groups Anipoforoi (The Unbearables), the first punk band singing in Greek language. During the 80s he cooperated with some of the most important groups of the Greek independent rock music scene.
In the late 80s, he started cooperating with Greek singer-lyricist Kristi Stassinopoulou. Together with Kristi Stassinopoulou, Vangelis Vekios and Kostis Anagnostopoulos they formed the band Selana, an underground band with an ethno-garage sound.
Beginning of the 90s Stathis started using also traditional string instruments and experimenting on electronics and live looping. His albums with Kristi Stassinopoulou started having an international appeal. For the last ten years, together with Kristi Stassinopoulou band they have been touring in music festivals and venues in Europe, N. America and Brazil.
Since 2010 together with Kristi Stassinopoulou they are performing as a duet. Using the “live looping” technique they create a soundscape ranging from purely acoustic to purely electronic, visiting all the in-betweens, with arrangements of Greek traditional songs and many more creations from their albums.
Their last album, Greekadelia, released in June 2012 by Riverboat Records UK, topped the World Music Charts Europe for August and September 2012.