CHRISTOS and VASILIS DUO

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Christos and Vasilis Duo having as a point of departure the compositions of Christos Anestopoulos, is creating a musical atmosphere with deep and dreamy sounds, full of surprises and climaxes.

Strong melodic lines that derive from jazz, classical, greek, eastern music tradition but also rock music, is one of the main characteristics of their music.

Their main goal is improvisation and as a result each performance is a special event. Their skills as soloists and improvisers create a new journey and a unique communication among them, as well as with the audience.

 

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The collaboration of Christos and Vasilis has began years ago, since the albums “Swinging over the surfaces“ and “Wish you could stay…“.

The idea of a duo with pure acoustic sound, based on classical/12 string guitar and double bass is not new to them.

It derived from the rehearsals and the process of producing the new album of Christos named  “DEJA VU“ that will be released in 2018.

 

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In the following links you can check the Promo Video but also other pieces.

 

 

For Booking the Christos and Vasilis Duo and more informations contact with email:

chrisane@otenet.gr

vasilis_stef@hotmail.com

And phones:

Christos Anestopoulos – (GR) 0030  697 2090726

Vasilis Stefanopoulos – (GR) 0030 6976598200 or (NL) 0031 629 173147

 

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Christos Anestopoulos Biography

Christos Anestopoulos was born in Patras (Greece) in 1971.

He started music lessons and in particular in the guitar in 1986 under the guidance of Dionisis Sabaziotis. Very soon he got involved in music composition and presented the first ones of his own with his teacher in 1993 in a concert organised by Nikos Touliatos.

He engaged in the classical guitar and the study of the instrument and received  a diploma with the teachers Dionisis Sabaziotis, Rouli Kolokytha, Dimitris Dimakopoulos. He also completed courses in advanced music theory.

From very early he started teaching the classical guitar as well as the electric guitar later.

He composed music for dance and cooperated with the dance companies of Tatiana Loverdou in performances in Patras and Athens festivals.

He studied the electric guitar with the teachers Dionisis Sabaziotis, Takis Barberis, Giotis Samaras and attended several guitar workshops by many well known jazz musicians such as Pat Martino-John Scofield-John Abercrombie-Markos Alexiou.

His relationship with jazz music started very early and many times he created and participated in trio-quartet bands performing in Greece and co-operating with musicians like EIVIND AARSET,DAVID LYNCH,NIKOS TOULIATOS,Natassa Mare Moumtzidou,Vasilis Podaras,George Daravelis, George Metaxas, Vasilis Stefanopoulos, Sotiris Douvas and many others.

His relationship with classical and modern music has always been long and has created the Orange trio (violin-cello-guitar) and the duo DIADROMES (EN ROUTES duo) (sax-guitar) with the composer and teacher George Daravellis.

Moreover, he has carried out concerts with his own music in festivals (Patras,Ladonas,Elefsinas,Aishylia festival,Soundtrope festival).

His first album ‘Swinging over the surfaces’ was released in 2003 and his second one in 2014 with the title ‘Wish You Could Stay’ in which David Lynch, George Daravelis, Vasilis Stefanopoulos have participated along with many musicians from all over Greece.

In 2016 he co-operate with drumer NIKOS TOULIATOS and tour on Greece with a new duo project based on free improvisation and experimental music, with many guests like Natassa Mare Moumtzidou on vocals or Giannis Panagiotopoulos on lyra.

The same year presents live on tour the album “Wish You Could Stay…“ with David Lynch-Vasilis Stefanopoulos-Vasilis Podaras.

2017 co-operate with dancer and choreographer YANNIS ADONIOY and presents live on tour a duo project based on guitar electronics,fx,computer music and dance.

 

 


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Vasilis Stefanopoulos Biography

Vasilis Stefanopoulos was born in Greece and became involved in music from an early age starting with piano and guitar lessons. Shortly after this he discovered the folk music of his country and started playing baglama. Already in high school he was involved in school bands performing for celebrations. After gaining interest in performing blues, funk and rock music, he began taking bass guitar lessons at the Municipal Conservatorium of Patras from Andreas Georgiou. Soon after, he also decided to start classical double bass lessons from Heracles Soumelidis at the same conservatorium. After only two years of playing the double bass he appeared as a soloist with Hellas Orchestra of Patras.

Meanwhile, he became interested in jazz. After meeting the great bass player and teacher Hein van de Geyn, he moved to the Netherlands to study in the jazz department of the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague. Once in The Hague he was very lucky to be able to study with Hein van de Geyn, Frans van der Hoeven, Uli Glassman and Tony Overwater. During his second year of studies and wanting to explore and expand his musical and technical skills, he decided to join the classical department of the same conservatorium. He studied with the highly esteemed teachers Jean Paul Everts, Knut Guettler and Quirijn van Regteren Altena. During his study years, he was very active participating in various ensembles with styles of music ranging from big band to symphony orchestra, also including numerous smaller combos. Continuing his musical education, he completed a master’s in jazz also in The Hague.

Apart from his studies, he has been working professionally as a musician including both touring and recording. In 2008 he recorded with the Poly Quartet the CD “Perfumed Dreams”. With this same group he won the International Jazz competition “Motives for Jazz” in Hasselt Belgium. The Poly Quartet has also been heavily involved in touring throughout Greece. As well, in 2008 Vasilis played with the great French clarinet player Michel Portal in the Athens Concert Hall. In the summer of 2009 he was selected to play with the world famous guitarist George Benson in the North Sea Jazz Festival for A Tribute to Nat King Cole. Around the same time, he began playing with the cotemporary ensemble Modelo62.

He has participated with in numerous concerts and festivals including North Sea Jazz Festival, Play Festival Belgium, Tinos Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Kalamata, Dag in De Branding Festival, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, New Works Festival Southampton, Festival Breaking the Waves, Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Den Haag, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Bimhuis, Het Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, De Doelen, Lantaren Venster, Axes Jazz Power, Philharmonie Haarlem, Dr Anton Philipszaal, Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh, Athens Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Tou Scene, Het Nutshuis, Theater Kikker, Korzo Theater.

He has been touring in jazz clubs and festivals in such places as The Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Italy, England, Norway, Sao Tome and Principe, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, France, Mexico, Russia, Argentina, China and The United States of America.

He has shared the stage with (among others): George Benson, Michel Portal, Tore Brunborg, Csaba Deseo, Jon Luz.


 

CHRISTOS and VASILIS DUO on YouTube

 

 

 

 

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