Loukas

He was born in Kalamata, grew up in Piraeus and lived in Thessaloniki from 1995-2015 that moved back in Athens.  He studied piano, choral conducting (a cappela) and modern harmony of music, classical and modern double bass, the classical harmony of music, history and morphology of music, orchestration lessons with Amarandos Amarantidis and music composition with Nikiforos Rotas. In 1987, his meeting with Ross Daly and Christos Tsiamoulis, clarified his musical orientation and led him to personal study and courses of lute and yayli tanbur playing.

In Thessaloniki, he studied Byzantine music with Panagiotis Neochoritis, Theory of “makam” (Ottoman music) with Marcos Skoulios, Byzantine music and traditional singing with Panagiotis Drakopoulos. He has attended in seminars and «master classes» of double bass, modern rythmology, Latin America’s percussion, the traditional and classical percussion of the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean with teachers: Thomas Martin, Marivaldo Paim, Fahrettin Yarkin, Misirli Ahmet, Kostas Anastasiadis, Zohar Fresco, Levent Yildirim, in 2009 he organized and attended a workshop on percussion and rhythm of Persian and Indian music by Keyvan Chemirani and from 2002 until today meets his teacher Izzet Kizil in Istanbul, searching for new techniques on percussion.

He has participated in musical events, musical and theatrical performances, music documentaries (ERT, BBC, TRT …) and weddings in most places in Greece and abroad (Turkey, Cyprus, Albania, FYROM, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Brazil), mainly playing percussion and/or double bass, or lute.

He has played in the musical theatre “Rebetiko” by Costas Ferris, the theatrical play “Loxandra” for NTNG and has worked with many ensembles as co-founder, orchestra member or session musician, such as: ”Loxandra”, “Eastern Music Workshop”, “En Chordais”, “Balarom trio”, “Baildsa”, “Wovenhand”, “Aman-Aman”, “Idiomela”, “Karsi”, “Musicians without Borders”, “Ichopramateftades “" Rozonarides “,” Kırmızı Gül “,” Şikâyet “,” Kırıka “,” Rust “,” B-Movies “,” Xarq Al Andalus “,” Ahora Asi “,” Anastatica “,” En La Mar Ay Una Torre”,”Banda Jovanica “, «Ek Vatheon - De profundis», "Theodora Athanasiou trio" …

with various artists such as:
Ross Daly, Ivo Papasov, Petar Ralchev, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Kudsi Ergüner, Sol Hasan, Yurdal Turksan, Derya Türkan, Izzet Kızıl, Nikos Saragoudas, Hristos Tsiamoulis, Karyofyllis Doitsidis, Giannis Stringos, Xilouris family, Thanasis Serkos, Christos Zotos , Kyriako Petras, Nikos Tzanis-Ginnerup, Elias Papadopoulos, Katerina Papadopoulou, Alekos Zoras, Giannis Saouli, Kostas Bravakis, Socrates Sinopoulos…

and singers such as:
Giasemi Saragouda, Domna Samiou, Vangelis Daskaloudis, Doitsidis family, Sophia Kollitiri, Chronis Aidonidis, Xanthippe Karathanasi George Xanthoulis Glykeria, George Dalaras, Voula Savvides, Vassilis Stavrakakis, Psarantonis, Solon Lekka, David Saltiel, Mara Aranda, Katia Papadopoulou, Brenna Mac Crimmon, Aspasia Stratigou, Sophia Efietzi, Thomas Korovinis Panagiotis Drakopoulos, Panagiotis and Sophia Neochoritou Maria Thoidou …

He gives private or class lessons of traditional percussion since 1998 and has taught in various conservatories or music schools, such as “Galaxias conservatory”, music school “En Chordais", Academy of Percussion “Krousi”, at the National Conservatory of music (department of Cholargos) and many other places...

He has given seminars on “Music Village” of Pelion, at “Rhythm & dance festival”, the Music Palace “Megaron” in Thessaloniki and KREIZ music academy in France. He has participated in more than 30 albums as a musician, arranger, or production manager. In 2009 he founded the record company “POLYPHONON” that has published more than ten cd to date.

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