Kristi Stassinopoulou


Kristi Stassinopoulou – short portrait

Kristi exofilo fROOTS  Kristi Stassinopoulou with her new book

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 longtime collaborator composer, arranger, co-producer and multi-instrumentalist -with an all-round grasp of diverse styles- Stathis Kalyviotis, they have made 6 albums of international appeal:

Ifantokosmos (1997), Echotropia (No 6 in the World Music Charts Europe, May 2000),  The Secrets of the Rocks (No 1 in the World Music Charts Europe, Jan 2003 / stayed 5 months in the top 10 World Music Charts Europe), Taxidoscopio (No 3 in the World Music Charts Europe, March & April 2007 / “traveler’s tales from the Greekadelic Queen” fRoots magazine), Greekadelia, (containing folktronic arrangements of Greek traditional folk songs of the rural areas / Nο 1 in the World Music Charts Europe, August & September 2012) and NYN (Νο 1 in the Transglobal World Music Charts, October 2016 / Νο 2, in the World Music Charts Europe, November 2016 / No 7,  in the “Albums of the year 2016” list, World Music Charts Europe).

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 colors, haunting Byzantine vocal lines, rembetika music, psychedelic rock, ambience and electronica, combined with Kristi’s vivid scenic appearance and personality and her colorful band, sparked great response and led to frequent appearances in international music festivals, prestigious venues and alternative clubs in Europe, N. America and Brazil:

21st Montreal International Jazz Festival, Canada / Winnipeg Folk festival, Canada / NY Summer Stage, New York, USA / Kennedy Centre, Washington DC, USA / Womex 2002, Essen, Germany / Poesie Festival, Berlin Art Academy, Germany / Glatt & Verkehrt, Austria / Europe in Union, Union Chappel, London UK / Barbican Theater, London, UK / Fira Manresa, Spain / Forum Barcelona 2004, Spain / Museum of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain, Palao de Musica, Valencia, 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, USA /  Billboard, USA / El Pais, Spain / Time Out, UK / La Presse, Canada / and many more).

Kristi is also a published writer and has released 3 books:

Seven Times in Amorgos (1993, Kastaniotis Editions): Seven mystery short stories set on the faraway Greek, Cycladic island.

The Fiery Sword (1995, Livanis Editions): A novel of magic set in Athens in the early 90s.

Diaries On the Road  (October 2023, Opportuna Editions): In her newly released book Kristi narrates her interesting, adventurous and often also funny, experiences and impressions from the twenty-five years that she has been touring the world together with Stathis Kalyviotis and their band, warmly embraced by the world music circuit, a music scene that gives the chance to all kinds of musicians from all different countries and continents to be playing their music and sing their own language all over the world.

Kristi and Stathis continue their musical voyage, writing new songs, experimenting on sounds and giving concerts and reading events together with music, in Greece and abroad.

Greekadelia exofylo Froots

Stathis Kalyviotis - short portrait


Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and co-producer, together with Kristi Stassinopoulou, of the albums NYN, Greekadelia , TaxidoscopioThe Secrets of the RocksEchotropia and Ifantokosmos.

In 1980 formed the group Anipoforoi (The Unbearables), one of the first Greek punk bands singing in Greek language. During the 80s he cooperated with some of the most important groups of the Greek independent rock music scene (Low Noise, Echo Tattoo, Selana). In the late 80s, he started cooperating with Greek singer-lyricist Kristi Stassinopoulou. 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. Since then, together with Kristi Stassinopoulou and their band they are touring the world, presenting their music in music festivals and venues.


Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis, in concert

Kristi Stassinopoulou: vocals, Indian harmonium, frame drum

Stathis Kalyviotis: laouto, live looping, electronics, keyboard

In their live concerts Kristi Stassinopoulou in singing and story telling, Indian harmonium, frame drums and small percussions and Stathis Kalyviotis on laouto, live looping, groove sampler  and electronics, 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 albums.

Greekadelia live midLow res


Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis


NYN (2016)

Music: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics: Kristi Stassinopoulou

No 1, Transglobal World Music Charts, October 2016 No 2, World Music Charts Europe, November 2016 No 2, fRoots, Albums of the year No 7, World Music Charts Europe, Albums of the year  2016 (of 854 nominated records) one of the Best World Music Albums of 2016, RootsWorld, editor’s list , USA one of the […] Read More...

Greekadelia album

Greekadelia (2012)

Arrangements of Greek traditional, demotika, folk songs

Number 1 in the World Music Charts Europe, August & September 2012

"A highly original, compelling set" | 4**** stars, The Guardian

"Nice to find something upbeat coming out of Greece" | 4**** stars, The Independent Read More...

Kristi Stassinopoulou - Taxidoscopio

Taxidoscopio (2007)

Music: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics: Kristi Stassinopoulou

No 3 in World Music Charts Europe, March & April 2007

"Traveller's tales from the Greekadelic queen" | fRoots


Kristi Stassinopoulou - The secrets of the rocks

The secrets of the rocks (2002)

Music by: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics by: Kristi Stassinopoulou

No 1 in the World Music Charts Europe, Jan 2003

5 months in the top 10 World Music Charts Europe

"There haven't been a lot of Greek singers making a dent in the U.S., but Kristi Stassinopoulou could bridge the language divide…/…The translated lyrics read like haiku, but sung in Greek, they sound like a call to the spirits. Co-composer/producer Stathis Kalyviotis frames the artist’s songs with arrangements that have a very 21st-century folk-music sound…"
JD, BILLBOARD, May 24, 2003


Echotropia (1999)

Music: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics: Kristi Stassinopoulou

No 6 in the World Music Charts Europe, May 2000

3 months in top 20 World Music Charts Europe

"Ol' Tim Leary woulda' LUVVED this worldbeat/folk adventure!" (Rotcod Zzaj, IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION) Read More...

Kristi Stassinopoulou - Ifantokosmos

Ifantokosmos (1997)

Music: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics: Kristi Stassinopoulou

"What makes Ifantokosmos one of the most tender, enchanting, emotionally loaded, unattainable, contemporary in aesthetics, with poetic lyricism albums released recently, is that there are truly no borders blocking the view of the consciously contemporary creator who looks deeply into a musical horizon free of any ethno-historical clouds.” (Argyris Zilos, DIFONO Magazine) Read More...

By the lake with the poppies

By the lake with the poppies (1992)

Music by: Panayiotis Kalantzopoulos, Evanthia Reboutsika, Lyrics by: Afroditi Raila, Kr. Stassinopoulou, P. Kalantzopoulos


Kristi Stassinopoulou (1985)

Music by: Kleon Antoniou, Takis Barberis, Stayros Papastayrou, Kr. Stassinopoulou, Lyrics by: Kr. Stassinopoulou



Nyn / Now

Ouden Oida / I Know Nothing

Trans Europe Van

Sol Invictus / Greekadelia live in Athens, July 2013

Erhomai Ki Esy Koimasai / Greekadelia live in Athens, July 2013

Me Gelasan Ta Poulia / Greekadelia

The Secrets Of The Rocks

Petame / We Are Flying

At the edge of the horizon



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Past concerts


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Greekadelia album

“A highly original, compelling set” | 4**** stars, The Guardian

“Nice to find something upbeat coming out of Greece” | 4**** stars, The Independent

Fresh take on Greek folk material by veteran duo (Songlines)16/09/2012

Growing up in the 1960s and 70s, Kristi Stassinopoulou absorbed influences ranging from Jefferson Airplane and the Velvet Underground to Middle Eastern radio broadcasts reaching Kalamáta, her father’s hometown. After playing Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and representing Greece in the 1983 Eurovision competition, she shifted to underground rock. More recently, she has described […] Read More...

freegan kolektiva, Lebanon07/09/2012

Genre: Demotika / Traditional Greek / World / Revamped folk Region: Athens, Greece Label: Riverboat UK Music, World Music Network Release Date: June 18, 2012 This album evokes feelings of familiarity, belonging and inner soul-searching at once. This is the essence of the music of globetrotters Greekadelia Live Photoand intronauts, Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis. […] Read More...

B!Ritmos, Spain04/09/2012

Le habíamos perdido un poco la pista a esta pareja de creadores atenienses desde que nos presentaron, hace más de un lustro,Taxidoscopio (Resistencia, 2006), su anterior entrega. Así que nos alegra recibir este nuevo trabajo, una grabación que ha vuelto a situar sus nombres en la primera posición de la lista europea de ritmos étnicos y […] Read More...

Le Magazine Son et Images, Montreal, Canada01/09/2012

Enfin une bonne nouvelle provenant de la Grèce, pays au patrimoine aussi riche que mythique qui, depuis quelques temps, traverse une période particulièrement difficile économiquement et socialement parlant: Après nous avoir généreusement offert au fil des années des petites merveilles musicales aux titres évocateurs tels: “Ifantocosmos”, “Echotropia”, “The Secrets Of The Rocks” et “Taxidoscopio”, le […] Read More...


Kristi Stassinopoulou - Taxidoscopio

Kristi Stassinopoulou - Taxidoscopio

fRoots, review by Ian Anderson17/10/2013

KRISTI STASSINOPOULOU & STATHIS KALYVIOTIS Taxidoscopio Heaven & Earth HE18/Resistencia RESCD 201   Kristi Stassinopoulou was kind enough to send us a preview of Taxidoscopio early last summer, which was how we managed to have that track on fRoots 27, six months ahead of release. Just to clear up any confusion, at that point we’d […] Read More...

Kristi Stassinopoulou - Taxidoscopio review - El Periodico

El Periodico22/02/2007


Los sonidos del planeta azul11/02/2007

Kristi Stassinopoulou, autora de las letras, junto a Stathis Kalyviotis, compositor de la música, presentan uno de los trabajos discográficos más interesantes, emocionantes y contundentes de cuantos se están produciendo en Grecia. Las letras de Stassinopoulou (escritora, dibujante, compositora, letrista e instrumentista) retratan momentos concretos de viajes, vivencias y estados emocionales durante las giras de […] Read More...


El Pais12/01/2007

After the over-exposure to Greek music  we have had to suffer, it´s women like Stassinopoulou  who help to separate the sheep from the goats. Daring and intriguing as a Mediterranean Bjork, this travelling crucible ( the album) allows her to get on  well with the Northern  Iberian Peninsula or, more astonishing still , to come close to […] Read More...

B! Ritmos18/12/2006

B! Ritmos review of Taxidoscopio - in Spanish
¡Ya está aquí el nuevo disco de la celebrada Kristi Stassinopoulou! La que fuera estrella del punk helénico de los años ochenta está .... Read More...

The secrets of the rocks:

Inside World Music09/04/2004

Producer, lyricist and vocalist, Kristi Stassinopoulou, brings us an album of experimental expression inspired by the elements, specifically from the vicinity of the Aegean Sea. Musically, of the songs are characteristically reminiscent of natural forces including water, gusts of wind and seashore taking the brunt of the incoming waves. Similarly, The Secrets Of The Rocks, attempts […] Read More...

Spin the Globe01/10/2003

If you’ve heard her previous work, you’ll know not to expect traditional Greek music from Kristi Stassinopoulou. On her third release, the Athens-born singer continues her exploration and hybridization of styles. Opening with the CD’s electronica-edged title track, she breathes more than sings over guitar and drum beats. Her multitracked vocals are stronger on the […] Read More...

World Music Central18/06/2003

Greek multi-media artist Kristi Stassinopoulou possesses a limitless talent and a unique world-view. Kristi’s most recent release, The Secret of the Rocks features Kristi’s vocal and writing talents as well as, giving listeners a peek into her spiritual and mysterious world. The artist published two books in the past, Seven Times in Amorgos (1993) and the mystery novel, The Fiery […] Read More...


The Secrets of the Rocks establishes Stassinopoulou as the High Priestess and Patron Saint of the venerated tradition of island-hopping, Athens style. This is the process in which, during each summer, all Athenians leave their city to the tourists (mostly over the weekend) and go to sunbathe, swim and sun-worship on one of the hundreds of Aegean […] Read More...


There haven’t been a lot of Greek singers making a dent in the U.S., but Kristi Stassinopoulou could bridge the language divide. Like fellow Greek vocalist Savina Yannatou, Stassinopoulou works from a base of traditional music, using folk instruments like the saz and lyre. But she brings a different sensibility to the sound, including contemporary […] Read More...

Kristi Stassinopoulou - The secrets of the rocks


Greek singer Kristi Stassinopoulou grew up in the southern part of Greece where her musical diet consisted of whatever her brother could find on his beloved homemade radios. Crackly sounds from North Africa and right across the Mediterranean eventually mixed with Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, Byzantine church music, and classical singing; traditional Greek songs too. […] Read More...


Cranky Crow World Music18/06/2003

Displaying a darker tone, Kristi Stassinopoulou might be called a Greek Enya. The music here falls into moody almost brooding territory. Although Kristi marries traditional Greek songs with contemporary pop, the songs are merely tinged with Greek influences. Kristi waxes poetry in the same sense that many of the British pop shoe gazers did in […] Read More...

World and New Age Music01/04/2003

With this sophomore recording, Echotropia (Immigrant Music, Inc.), Greek artist Kristi Stassinopoulou deserves the widest possible audience among world music aficionados. Kristi spent her childhood in Greece where she studied traditional folk music, but was also inspired by rock groups such as Jefferson Airplane and Blondie. There are influences of other female artists such as […] Read More...

One hundred years from today: timeless music for these times05/01/2003

This CD sat on my shelf for months before something made me play it in October 2001. Perhaps it was a nudge from one of the Greek gods or goddesses as I was standing at the crossroads. In any case, Echotropia became one of my favorite recordings of 2001. Rooted in the sonic vibe of […] Read More...

Harmony Ridge Music01/08/2002

Kristi Stassinopoulou doesn’t look like a Balkan ethno-trance artist. She looks like the really nice girl who was in your chemistry class who let you borrow her notes when you blew off class to go hang out at the 7-Eleven. You know the one? The one who played varsity volleyball but was only second-string? But […] Read More...


Improvijazzation Nation, Issue #4905/02/2000

Ol’ Tim Leary woulda’ LUVVED this worldbeat/folk adventure!  Kristi sings in Greek, but you’d think you were at an “Airplane” concert (with slightly more emphasis on th’ percussion than Grace Slick might’ve had).  This is NOT the (dreaded) sloppy techno-rawk it could have been… it doesn’t sound (in the least) like low-end cut/paste electronics, & […] Read More...


Kristi Stassinopoulou - Ifantokosmos


The more psychedelic and popular US release of Echotropia (2000) made a claim for fame for Stassinapoulou, but this recording from 1998 is, in my opinion, her best. Real deep roots are exposed while she exploes the boundaries of the greek musical world, still solidly in a pop-folk vein, but infinitely more exploratory and true […] Read More...

Concert Reviews:

Grab kritik

Neue Welt, Ingolstadt, Germany16/04/2015

German / English Von Sandra-Isabel Knobloch   Exotik kann nicht nur für fremdländische, sondern auch für außerge- wöhnliche Menschen stehen. Zwei Prachtexemplare davon waren am Dienstag im Rahmen der 21. Künstlerinnentage in der Neuen Welt zu bestaunen. Das griechische Duo Kristi Stassinopoulou und Stathis Kalyviotis hat den Abend zu etwas ganz Speziellem gemacht. Ein Abend […] Read More...

Grekadelia - Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis

Art Base, Brussels, Belgium17/04/2010

Kristi Stassinopoúlou & Stathis Kalyviótis in Art Base in de Zandstraat 29 te Brussel op zaterdag 17 april 2010. review (in Flemish) Read More...

Fira Manresa, Spain05/11/2006

B!Ritmos Magazine (Barcelona) – Review Kristi Stassinopoulou Manresa, Plaça Porxada 4 de noviembre de 2006 Después de asistir al estreno ¡mundial! de su nuevo espectáculo, Taxidoscopio, los pobres que no habíamos visto nunca a Kristi Stassinopoulou en concierto tuvimos que salir un rato al aire frío de la noche manresana para recobrar el pulso. Porque […] Read More...

Alamar Festival, Almeria, Spain19/06/2004

La Razon - Review (in English & Spanish)

Like a bird breaking free / Wie ein Vogel aus dem “Energiekäfig”24/11/2003

Kristi Stassinopoulou in "Südwind", Tafelhalle, Nürnberg
ABENDZEITUNG NÜRNBERG - Review (in English & German)

The Wind and the Waves / Wind und Wellen24/11/2003

Kristi Stassinopoulou in "Südwind", Tafelhalle, Nürnberg
NÜRNBERGER NACHRICHTEN - Review (in English & German)

A Fascinating Experiment in Folk Music / Ein faszinierendes Folklore-Experiment05/08/2002

Kristi Stassinopoulou in Markthalle, Herford, Germany
HERFORDER KREISBLATT - Review (in English & German)

A Universe of Sound / Ein Universum aus Klang05/08/2002

Kristi Stassinopoulou in Markthalle, Herford, Germany NEUE WESTFÄLISCHE - Review (in English & German) Read More...

“Kunstdünger” festival, Germany01/03/2002

WESFALISCHE NACHRICHTEN - Review (in English & German)





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