Kristi Stassinopoulou

World and New Age Music

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 Kate Bush and Tori Amos in her work. Kristi is clearly her own artist, however, borrowing from her rich musical heritage, but adding layers of melody and infectious percussion, and topping everything off with her exquisite, ethereal vocals. The title “Echotropia,” comes from the Greek meaning of “Echo” or “sound” and of “tropia” which means “turned around.” This is a deeply sensual recording and perfect for trance dancing. Middle Eastern dancers may find the track “Manjoun” exotic and powerful. Kristi is an extremely talented musician and composer, and Echotropia is one of the most exemplary world music recordings to come along in some time. – CS