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.
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 & Schema NYN
Kristi Stassinopoulou:Singing, Indian Harmonium, Frame Drums
Stathis Kalyviotis: Laouto, Live Looping, Electronics
Dinos Zouberis: Bass
Solis Barki: Percussions
“NYN” is the title of the upcoming album of Kristi Stassinopoulou containing new original songs, music by Stathis Kalyviotis, lyrics by Kr.Stassinopoulou.
Kristi Stassinopoulou & Schema NYN is the name of the new Kristi & Stathis band.
In live concerts they play songs from the forthcoming album “NYN” and from their previous albums.
International Music Festivals
Europe in Union, Union Chappel, London, U.K. (October 2003)
Barbican Theater, Greece in Britain, London, U.K. (May 2001)
Womex 2002, Essen, Germany (October 2002)
Radio Bremen, Women in (e)motion, Bremen, Germany (November 2004)
Kemnade Inernational, Orient Inside, Bochum, Germany (June 2001)
Muschelsalat, Hagen, Germany (August 2003)
Sommer Festival Der Kulturen, Stuttgart, Germany (July 2004)
Stadtpark Festival, Mannheim, Germany (July 2004)
Odyssee-Kulturen der Welt (guests of the Schal Sick Brass Band)
cities : Muhlheim / Recklinghausen / Bochum, Germany
Kultursommer Festival, Hamm, NRW. Germany (August 2005)
Kultursommer Festival, Herford, NRW, Germany (August 2005)
Kultursommer Festival, Detmold, NRW, Germany (August 2005)
Micro!Festival, Dortmund, Germany (August 2007)
United Islands Festival 2004, Prague, Czech Republic (May 2004)
Ethnoabient 2004, Salona, Split, Croatia (August 2004)
Ethnoabient 2008, Salona, Split, Croatia (July 2008)
Cultural Divercity Festival 2010, Zagreb, Croatia
Ethnoabient 2014, Salona, Split, Croatia (July 2014)
Nowe brzmienia znad Renu Festival, Goethe Instiitut Warshau, Poland
(guests of the Schal Sick Brass Band) (May 2005)
Fira Manresa, Catalonia, Spain (November 2006)
Forum 2004, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (September 2004)
Alamar Festival, Almeria, Andalusia, Spain (June 2004)
Arreus 2004, Reus, Catalonia, Spain (September 2004)
Festival Interceltico de Oreyo, Cantabria, Spain (September 2001)
Castanieda Festival, Cantabria, Spain (July 2003)
Folk y Raices, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (February 2001)
FIMPT, Barcelona, Spain (July 2007) (
Festival Paupeterres, Leida, Spain (July 2007)
Fiestas de la Garriga, Barcelona, Spain (July 2007)
Festival Croma, Spain (July 2007)
Mercat de Vic, Vic, Catalunia, Spain (September 2007)
Festival MUVIM, Valencia, Spain
Festival les Escales, Nantes, France (August 2007)
Escales d’ Ailleurs, Chateau de Plaisir, Paris, France (June 2009)
7 Soi 7 Luas Festival, Lisbon, Portugal (September 2010)
7 Soi 7 Luas Festival, Ponte de Sor, Portugal (September 2010)
7 Soi 7 Luas Festival, Castro Verde, Portugal (September 2010)
Ghana Festival 2012, Valeta, Malta (June 2012)
Cosmos, A Sea of Art, 11th Biennale, Athens, Greece (September 2003)
Festival Vrachon, Theatro Melina Mercuri, Vironas, Athens (July 2005)
Politismos Endos, Eleysina, Greece (July 2007)
Technopolis Festival, Athens, Greece (September 2013)
Central Park , Summer Stage, New York, USA (July 2002)
Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage,Washington D.C. USA (July 2002)
21st Montreal International Jazz Festival, Quebec, Canada (July 2000)
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Canada (July 2002)
Sunfest , London, Ontario, Canada (July 2002)
Mostra de Artes Mediterraneo SESC, Sao Paulo, Brazil (August 2005)
Mostra de Artes Mediterraneo SESC, Roteiro Verde 2005,
Roteiro Verde cities:
Piracicaba / Botucatu / Sta. Barbara D’ Oeste / Rio Claro / Limeira /
Matao / Rincao / Ibitinca / Araraquara / Jau /
Americana / Jundiai / Itapira / Campinas / Atibaia
Sao Paulo state, Brazil (August /September 2005)
1st International Avantgarde Folk Music Festival, Yerevan, Armenia (April 2005)
Voices from the World Live, Tel Aviv, Israel (September 1998)
Women Sing the World, Tel Aviv , Israel (September 1998)