Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution

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Made up of virtuoso musicians, singers and dancers from around the world, COTR blend their Flamenco, Greek, and Rock roots creating a lush and melodic sound driven by infectious Latin and Middle-Eastern grooves. In concert they put on one of the most unifying and entertaining shows in the world.

Biography

When you go to a Children of the Revolution show, you might as well leave your preconceptions about world music at the door" wrote Tina Potterf of the Seattle Times. Fans will usually say something like, "That was the best live show Ive ever been to; I dont know quite how to describe it." From Bozeman Montana to the caves of Granada, Spain, from Istanbul to Taiwan, COTR make life-long fans wherever they go.

They can loosely be compared to such breakaway and high-energy world music artists such as Ozomatli, Gipsy Kings, Santana, Manu Chau and the Afro Celt Sound System, but all similarities stop there. Made up of virtuoso musicians, singers and dancers from around the world, COTR blend their Flamenco, Greek, and Rock roots creating, a lush and melodic sound driven by infectious Latin and Middle-Eastern grooves.

The group is fronted by lead singer Vassili and guitarist Eric Jaeger. Sharing the spotlight is Barcelona-born flamenco dancer Encarnación and over-the-top electric violinist Geoffrey Castle. Their electrifying and sexy concerts showcase outstanding musicianship and songwriting with world-class dance performances. Both world music aficionados and those new to the genre agree - COTR puts on one of the most unifying and entertaining shows in the world!

“With their blend of tradition and modernity Children of the Revolution is proving to be one of the most original and accomplished bands in the U.S. today and represent the future of popular music.”
-Jacob Edgar, VP of A&R, Putumayo World Music

Guest artists both live and recorded have included legendary rock singer, Ann Wilson of Heart, Afro Celt drummer Johnnie Kalsi, Maktub soul/rock singer Reggie Watts, former Queensrÿche guitarist Chris DeGarmo, Venezuelan punk/folk singer Yva LasVegass, and Cirque de Soliel vocalist, Beth Quist.

In less than two years, COTR went from playing small clubs to filling some of the Northwests most prestigious theaters such as Meany Hall, Benaroya Hall and the 3,000-seat Paramount Theater.

COTR is a consistent audience favorite of major festivals in the region such as Folklife, Vancouver Folk Festival, Bumbershoot and Montanas Sweetpea Festival - 3-6,000 people will be dancing and singing at these shows. Eleftheria (the Greek word for freedom) is their anthem that ends the show and ALWAYS gets the crowd jumping in unison!

COTR have the achievements, experience and systems in place to create a totally new movement in popular music. They have toured extensively through the Northwest and Canada and have been invited to perform at very special historical events such as; the first Western band invited to play for the Buddhas Birthday in Taiwan for over 30,000 people, the Government Leaders conference (organized by Bill Gates and Paul G. Allen) in Seattle at Experience Music Project, and KROCKs 2005 Tsunami Relief benefit concert headlined by surviving members of Alice in Chains and Heart. COTRs concert DVD has aired on numerous PBS stations across the country and select tracks from their album, Liberation appear on Putumayo Records compilations.

After spending five months in Europe where they performed and studied with Flamenco masters in Spain, Rye singers in Morocco and Turkish musicians in Istanbul, COTR returned to record their latest CD, Life, Love and Guantanamo Bay. The album is an artistic breakthrough for Children of the Revolution and promises to bring them into the international spotlight.

We play the music that we love, the music of our homelands. We play with the hope that all revolutions could be musical ones. - Children of the Revolution

Discography

Malaka Records:
Children of the Revolution CD - self titled 1999
Chapter One CD - 2001
Keep Holding On CD - 2001
The World on One Stage DVD - 2001
Liberation CD - 2003
It's All Greek to Me CD - 2003
Life, Love and Guantanamo Bay . . . CD - 2006

Putumayo Records:
"Greece" CD - Ragizi Apopse
"Swing Around the World" CD - Minor Swing