Angélique Ionatos & Katerina Fotinaki

Angélique Ionatos & Katerina Fotinaki

 Athens, Attica, GRC

The famous greek singer-guitarist Angélique Ionatos is back on a new project, giving her duo with Katerina Fotinaki an even larger horizon, after their first travel together. "Anatoli", meaning the sunrise and the East in greek, leads us to a thrilling path, musics without borders.


Their homeland is Greece, but what gathers them, " is especially, says Angelique Ionatos, the wild love for our mother tongue and its poets, as well as our passion for our guitars. ".

They both speak the same language, the one of music that we can all understand. Pursuing their road of artistic complicity, after their show "Comme un jardin la nuit", Angelique Ionatos and Katerina Fotinaki propose "Anatoli" which in Greek means at the same time "the Orient" and "the Sunrise".

The enjoyment to play together, in every meanings, our greater complicity - while making us more requiring offer us a new freedom: to travel beyond Greece, which is the door to the Orient, to recognize this homeland as " a fresco with successive layers", and to assert that music ignores borders.

Personal compositions, traditional and contemporary musics recreated for their voices and their guitars are a case to the texts and poets who for a long time inspire them.

Their voices rise, spread, one grave and warm, that of Angelique Ionatos, the other one crystalline and enlighted, that of Katerina Fotinaki. Fingers run on ropes and their guitars have never seen that same virtuosity.

Collusive laughter, happiness to play, everything confers to a magic evening. In the heat of the starry night, the sun gets up on the stage and in the audience, in a whirlwind of colors and rhythms.

Born in Athens, Angélique Ionatos left Greece in 1969 for Belgium, then France. In 1972 her first album, Resurrection, with her brother Photis, won the Gustavo Beytelmann Prize. That marked the beginning of her career in France. She went on to make a second recording with her brother, this time of songs in French which they had composed. Their duo broke up in 1976 and Angélique Ionatos decided to turn to setting texts by contemporary Greek poets to music. Her first solo recording, I Palami sou, won the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros. Two years later La Forêt des hommes was released, with compositions based on poems by Greek Nobel Prize winner Odysseus Elytis. The album O Hélios O Hélatoras followed the same path.

After meeting fellow Greek singer Nena Venetsanou she had the idea of composing a work for two female voices. Encouraged by Odysseus Elytis, she set poems by Sappho (7th century BCE) to music, which were sung in classical Greek and in a modern translation by Odysseus Elytis. The result was Sappho de Mytilène (orchestration, Christian Boissel; staging, Joël Jouanneau), which was presented at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 1992. The album was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.

2009 sees the release of the album Comme un jardin la nuit, a duo for two voices and two guitars with the young Greek singer Katerina Fotinaki. The show of the same name will be on the bill for two weeks in Paris at the Café de la Danse.
They are back together with this new project, Anatoli.


Angélique Ionatos & Katerina Fotinaki :
Comme un jardin la nuit - 2009 - Accords Croisés / Harmonia Mundi

Angélique Ionatos :
1972 : Résurrection (w/ Photis Ionatos)
1975 : Angélique & Photis Ionatos (Grand prix de l'académie Charles-Cros)
1979 : I Palami sou
1981 : La forêt des hommes (To dassos ton anthropon)
1983 : O Hélios O Héliatoras
1984 : Marie des Brumes (Maria Nefeli)
1985 : Récital
1988 : Le Monogramme
1989 : Archipel (Compilation)
1991 : Sappho de Mytilène (w/ Néna Venetsánou)
1992 : O Erotas
1994 : Mia thalassa
1996 : Parole de juillet (Iouliou logos)
1997 : Chansons nomades (w/ Henri Agnel)
2000 : D'un Bleu très noir
2003 : Angélique Ionatos canta Frida Kahlo : Alas Pa volar
2004 : Anthologie (Compilation)
2007 : Eros y muerte