After a kind request from fROOTS magazine (UK), Loxandra Ensemble granted the track “Ta psaradika” (Tsakiris/Kavouras, arr. Loxandra Ensemble, feat. Theodora Athanasiou on vocals), from the CD “Meyhane – Kafe Aman” (Polyphonon), to be at the free download compilation CD of fRoots magazine’s August/September 2012 double issue (fR350/351).
Ria Ellinidou completed her Music studies at Thessaloniki. She comes from an artistic family, which besides the wider musical activities made, nourishes special love and cultivates with great haste, the traditional music. From the age of five years she studied at the Conservatory and attended musical instrument lessons, theory, harmony, music and traditional pre-education. Then afterwards and special examinations was introduced in the music school of Thessaloniki, where she continued her education by attending piano lessons, Tamboura, Byzantine music with particular specialization on traditional percussion.
The debut CD of Loxandra, entitled “Almost Like in the Past”, was first released in Greece, in 2006 (with two more reprints in 2008 and 2010).
This is the out cover of the same cd, as it was released on 2011 in Turkey by “ETERNA music”.
Five years after the release of their first CD, entitled “Almost Like in the Past”, the music collective Loxandra continues to explore the Eastern music tradition, this time with a new CD, of their own production (Polyphonon label). While the work brings together many contributing artists, it is especially dedicated to three dear people and great musicians, Nikos and Giasemi Saragoudas from Greece and Müzeyyen Senar from Turkey.
The second book in the series "Balkan Kitchen Records" was released on 2009 in Poland and concerns the cuisine of Northern Greece: Aegean Macedonia, Western Thrace and Southern Epirus.
The first CD the band Loxandra. entitled “Schedon opos palia„ (Almost like in the past) and was available since June 2006. The album was recorded during the end of 2004-begining of 2005 in Thessaloniki, where the band was formed in 1997, to deal with the old music and songs, aiming to present with respect to the original but as a creative approach today.
Baklatzis Makis was born and raised in Kavala. In 1996 he started taking Greek "traditional" violin lessons and in 1997 he attended the Musical High School in Kavala where he started his musical studies in "classical" violin. He graduated in 2003. During his school years he continued with his “traditional” violin lessons. In 2000 he entered a national student competition and won 3rd place playing the traditional violin.
Nikos Angousis was born in Athens, in 1982. He is a third generation musician, coming from a famous musical family, named «Doitsidis». His impulse for music at first came from his family and specifically his grandfather Karyofyllis Doitsidis, his musical exemplar.He started working on the clarinet at the age of 12 and his first teacher, during his stay in Germany, was the German teacher Johan Weiss. In 1995 he returned to Greece and settled with his family in Thessaloniki.
Dimitris Panagoulias was born in Thessaloniki in 1974.He studied at the School of Agricultural Science, of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.He has played the drums since the age of 15 with various rock bands, and in 1997 he started studying Greek traditional music and percussion (bendir, rek, davul and darabuka), at Dimitris Barbas’ Greek department of the D. Agostini School of Drumming.