Kristi Stassinopoulou



Kristi Stassinopoulou – short portrait

Kristi exofilo fROOTS

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.

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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.

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Greekadelia - Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis

Greekadelia duo

Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis

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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 & 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)





3 August 2016 : Parasol, Skala Eresou, Lesvos, Greece

28 August 2016 : Kedros beach, Donoussa, Greece


Past concerts


Me Gelasan Ta Poulia / Greekadelia

Neratzoula Fountomeni / Greekadelia live in Athens, July 2013

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

Sol Invictus / Greekadelia live in Athens, July 2013

Jaffa / Greekadelia live, Museum of Greek Folk Instruments, Athens 2012

“The Secrets Of The Rocks”

“We are flying”

“At the edge of the horizon


Contact & Booking




Booking for Austria, Germany, Switzerland:

TriArt – Kultur_KünstlerInnen_Konzepte

Anne Hofstadler

tel: + 43 / 699 / 12333803

Aichhorngasse 6
1120 Wien

Booking for BeΝeLux:


Zadelstraat 14, 3511 LT Utrecht, NL

tel: + 31 (0)30 23 28 286

Arnulf den Boesterd: +31 (0)6 260 263 60

Annika Brandenburg: +31 (0)6 509 991 23





Greekadelia album

Greekadelia (2012)

Music by: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics by: Kristi Stassinopoulou

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 by: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics by: 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 by: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics by: 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 by: Stathis Kalyviotis, Lyrics by: 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



 ALBUM REVIEWS           |            CONCERT REVIEWS


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)





Συνέντευξη της Κρίστης και του Στάθη (Greekadelia) στο περιοδικό fractal, στον Γιάννη Παναγόπουλο01/12/2014

Συνέντευξη της Κρίστης και του Στάθη (Greekadelia) στο περιοδικό fractal, στον Γιάννη Παναγόπουλο. Read More...

fRoots December 2012 issue

Giving Greece a chance (fRoots, Nov-Dec 2012)22/10/2013

Sometimes the old is fresher than the self-consiously new. “We were one of the very first bands that dared include a traditional song in their album to not have stones thrown at us for this”. Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, No 1 for months on the World Music Charts Europe with their new Riverboat album […] Read More...

Greekadelia - Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis


“I do feel that with our albums and with our live concerts out there, we are opening a window of communication and respect for our country.” Restless artists Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis have been shaking up the world music landscape for quite some time now and every new album is a revelation. This time […] Read More...