Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis (on tour)
Kristi & Stathis formen aus diesen Ingredienzien eine einzigartige und eingängige Klanglandschaft und bringen ihre ureigene, zeitgemäße Interpretation griechischer Folkmusik, vornehmlich Demotikas, abseits aller folkloristischen Klischees zu Gehör. Mit sparsamer Instrumentierung (griechische Laoutu, indisches Harmonium, diverse Rahmentrommeln), von live-looping untermauert, nimmt uns vornehmlich die eindringliche Stimme von Kristi Stassinopoulou mit auf eine musikalische Reise durch Griechenland.
Die aktuelle CD "NYN" (release August 2016), stieg sofort auf Platz 4 der wmce-charts ein. "NYN" heißt "Jetzt" und nimmt Bezug auf die aktuelle Situation Griechenlands.
My first acquaintance with the musical universe of Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis was in 2000, just after their album Echotropia was released. Still a great album that still sounds actual and modern. On this new album called Greekadelia this Greek duo recorded thirteen new tracks deeply rooted in several Greek traditions. It’s just the two of them creating a whole new kind of Greek tradition. With a combination of acoustic instruments, percussion and electronic possibilities, they manage to capture the soul of each composition in a mystic, sometimes almost psychedelic kind of way. Although this is a modern sounding album, it has a mythical sound full of wonderful melodies, hypnotizing rhythms and a whole spectrum of emotions. I love Stassinopoulou’s rich voice. Sometimes she sounds like a young traditional singer form many moons ago and on other moments she has this nice, raw edge in her voice. Amazing that only two people can create such a rich sound, this is craftsmanship and exactly how modern Greek folk music should sound. (www.folkworld.eu)
cover story of f-roots magazine Nov/Dec 2012 www.frootsmag.com
There has been little good news from Greece in recent months, so it's great to find a Greek duo doing inventive, contemporary re-workings of traditional songs. Kristi and Stathis are not exactly newcomers – they once played together in a punk band, and have recorded a series of albums including the European bestseller The Secret of the Rocks – but for this set they are working by themselves, with Kristi's cool, clear vocals backed by lauto, the traditional Greek lute, Indian harmonium (it seems they were influenced by Nico and the Velvet Underground), along with samples and electronica. The traditional demotika songs come from the Greek islands, and right across the country, but are now transformed into a sometimes edgy, rhythmic style that veers from slow, drifting songs to the stomping Rodo Tis Protanastasis, which is driven on by an insistent sampled bass line. A highly original, compelling set. (Guardian, Juni 2012)
- NYN (August 2016) (Riverboat Records, Harmonia Mundi)Greekadelia! (2012) (Riverboat Records) (Distr. harmonia mundi)
- Taxidoscopio (2007)
- The secrets of the rocks (2002)
- Echotropia (1999)
- Ifandokosmos (1997)