Vretos Alekos

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 oudist,   pianist   and   composer

Greek   oudist,   pianist   and   composer   Alekos   Vretos   has   been   merging   jazz, Arabic,   Greek   and   Latin   music   in   a   masterful   blend   of   sounds   from   traditional instruments, such as the oud or the nay, vs. the modern ones. As a   bandleader, Alekos has   developed   a   uniq ue   atmosphere   for   his   music:   keeping   traditional   sound   in   the front   line,   he   expands   it   through   jazz   improvisation   and   exploding   rhythmic development. “Mergin’”, his first personal album released in 2009 — following ‘Yunan’ with The   Meliti   Ensemble   in   200 4   —   was   welcomed   by   audience   and   critics.   A   bold   and tasteful   blend   of   Jazz   and   Arabic   improvisation,   “Mergin’”   takes   oud   playing  to uncharted   territories.   A   heavy   jazz   taste   and   a   fine   traditional   Arabic   scent   emerges from   the   stimulating   matching   with   musicians   such   as   Bassam   Saba   and   Takis Paterelis on this live — like recorded album. “Mergin’” was launched by Jadeo Music, an   indie   record   and   management   company   Alekos   founded   in   Athens,   featuring world, jazz and classical music and fellow artists. He was included in 2013 list of the 100+1 most influential people in the Greek music scene.   Some   of  the venues   that   Alekos   has   performed   in -   with   great   reviews   on   his playing and composing   - are: The Herodion   (GR) , The Athens Concert Hall   (GR) , the   Berklee   Performance   Center   (USA),   Mount   Holyoke   College     (USA),   the   Tombs   of Kings in Palestine, The   Argos Ancient Theatre (GR), The Half Note Jazz Club (GR), The Vortex Jazz Club (UK), The 1er Piso Jazz Club (MEX), 2nd Athens World Jazz Music Festival (GR), 1st Medieval Byzantine Festival Of Kastoria (GR). He   has   collaborated   with   legendary   composer   Mikis   Theodorakis,   as   well   as Gilad   Atzmon,   Simon   Shaheen,   Haig   Yazdjian,   Theodore   Antoniou,   The   Greek Contemporary Ensemble, The Kamerata (The Orchestra of the Friends of Musi c), the Jazz   Upstairs   Big   Band,   Yorgos   Fakanas,   Dimitris   Maragopoulos,   The   Athens   State Orchestra , Lakis Chalkias,   Kostas Thomaidis and Takis Paterelis to name a few.  


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