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Katachanas Michalis

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Violin/viola composer, arranger

Michalis Katachanas started studying violin and viola at the age of 8. In 1990 he entered the Experimental Music Highschool of Pallini and in 1999 the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University, where he studied next to Dimos Dimitriadis. He graduated in 2006.

In 2008 he was accepted as a postgraduate student at the Department of Contemporary Improvisation of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA, winning a scholarship by the “Fulbright Foundation”.
He studied next to Charlie Banako, Ran Blake and others.

In 2010 he won a scholarship by the “Gerontelis Foundation”. He graduated in May 2010 and has worked with Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Nikos Xidakis, Dimos Dimitriadis, Jackie Leven, and Antony Coleman. In 2010 he participated in the National Theatre’s performance Trisevgeni (direction: Lydia .Koniordou, music: Takis Farazis). He has appeared in a large number of concerts and festivals in Greece and abroad.

His passion is to give a fresh review to traditional rebetika songs, a great blend of sounds layering on existing tradtional rhythms that are both creative, conventional and exciting.

Fonissa, his CD of original compositions is a collection inspired by the greek blues with a personal stamp through jazz and modern improvisation.




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