Estoudiantina Yiannis Kotsiras
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Estoudiantina Yiannis Kotsiras

Athens, Attica, Greece | MAJOR

Athens, Attica, Greece | MAJOR
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"Been there, you should go, too: Estoudiantina – Yiannis Kotsiras, “Smyrne of love”"

Honouring the 90-year anniversary of the destruction of Smyrne, Estoudiantina and Yiannis Kotsiras are joined in a concert that is dedicated to popular tradition and the artistic musical production of Smyrne. (…)
A contemporary reading with a Mediterranean twist, the authentic sound of a traditional orchestra and an attempt to portray these deeply sentimental love songs while respecting their genuine music form. - Kostas Fotopoulos

"Yiannis Kotsiras – Estoudiantina: “Smyrne of love”"

After two and a half years of research and study, Estoudiantina and Yiannis Kotsiras proudly present “Smyrne of Love”. - Music Net

"“The talk around the dinner table is about the economic crisis and unemployment”"

“Where can I find a woman like you” is the tune that you hear most these days on radio airplays and television shows, as they interrupt the constant discourse about the economic crisis and P.S.I. to indulge in “Smyrne of love”. - Yiota Sykka


Estoudiantina Discography

- "Smyrne",2003
- "Yiorgos Dalaras, Glykeria & Estudiantina in Odeon Herodus Atticus" (DVD), 2004
-" Estudiantina presents the Odessa Folk Orchestra", 2005
-“Voices of the wind”
- "Mare Nostrum"
- “Tunes and songs from near East”
- “Traditional Greek Christmas Carols”, 2010
- “SMYRNE OF LOVE”, 2012

Yiannis Kotsiras' discography:
“Athoos Enochos” (Innocent Guilty), 1996
“Mono ena fili” (Just a kiss), 1997
“Prodosia” (Betrayal), 1997
Yiannis Kotsiras, 1999
“Filakas Aggelos” (Guardian Angel), 1999
“Eine diki mas i zoi mas" (Our life is ours), 2000
“Yiannis Kotsiras LIVE” (double album), 2002
“Ksilino alogaki” (Wooden horse), 2003
“Trianta ke kati” (30something), 2004
“Taksidia filia” (Travels Kisses), 2006
"Ke pali paidi" (Child again), 2008
“Yiannis Kotsiras LIVE”, 2010
“Smyrne of love”, 2012

“Efapaks” (In one go) in 2001
“Pass the flame”, Athens 2004 Olympic games

- Highlights:
in Mikis Theodorakis “Aksion Esti - Pnevmatiko Emvatirio”, 2002
in Mimis Plessa & Lefteris Papadopoulos “o dromos” (The street), 2002
in Thanos Mikroutsikos and Nikos Kavvadias “Stavros tou Notou” (Southern Star) and “Grammes ton orizonton” (Lines in the horizon), 2005



Our name draws its origins from the most famous orchestras that were created in Asia Minor and made the “tour of the world” between 1898 and 1922; the ESTOUDIANTINAS:an innovative model of orchestra, as well as a musical movement, that created new forms of Greek music via the assimilation of elements of the East and West.
The use of many different musical instruments (oud, canun, zurna, caval, santour, mandolin, clarinet, accordion, violin, and many more) allowed Estoudiantinas to continuously expand their repertoire so as to include from byzantine hymns, and folk songs of Smyrna to balkan horas, ottoman classical music and doinas, as well as west European polkas, waltzes and arias from popular operas.
Following the brilliant history of the famous musicians & orchestras, a new “Estoudiantina” was founded in 1999 by a group of 20 young musicians. The “moving spirit” and artistic director of this band is Andreas Katsigiannis. The orchestra, located in a suburb of the city of Volos called Nea Ionia, is an unusual orchestra in terms of the current social trend and recent music reality.
More than 250 concerts have been given from 1999 up until now both in Greece and abroad (United States, Romania, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Ukraine, Cyprus), at the most known concert halls, together with some of the greatest Greek singers and musicians, gaining awesome reviews from the press. In difficult times for music quality, Estoudiantina has managed to gain ardent admirers and lots of friends, mainly from the younger generations, who’s love of traditional music has brought them together.
The interest so many people have shown in our musical style compels us to continue researching and performing the music of Asia Minor and its counterparts.
Estoudiantina’s latest project, "Smyrne of love" (2012) involves one of Greece's most well-loved and acclaimed performers, Yiannis Kotsiras, in an attempt to draw light to the love songs of Smyrne.

Yiannis Kotsiras is an Athens-born vocalist who begun his career in the early 90's, singing mainly "rebetika" and "laika" (Greek popular/traditional music). Since then he has released over twenty personal albums, several of which have turned platinum, and has collaborated in at least as many albums, movie and tv-show soundtracks, new releases of classic Greek music albums, singles and guest appearances. He has been invited by some of the most prominent Greek composers and song writers (Mikis Theodorakis, Mimis Plessas, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Yiannis Markopoulos, Lefteris Papadopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos) to perform their work to contemporary audiences.
In March 2004, just a few days after the Flame-Lighting Ceremony in Ancient Olympia, his CD single “Pass the flame”, containing the song of the Athens 2004 Torch Relay, was released globaly. “Pass the flame” was written by Trevor Horn, a composer who has connected his name with great artists internationally (Paul Mc Cartney, Bryan Ferry, Pet Shop Boys, Art of Noise etc), in collaboration with Lol Creme. The Greek lyrics were written by Lina Nikolakopoulou. The CD was recorded in Sarmwest Studios, the studios Trevor Horn uses in London. The vocals are supported by famous singers from all over the world reflecting the global spirit of the torch relay.
He has been touring all over Greece and Cyprus for numerous years, with his 2009 tour reaching over 70.000 spectators, and has participated in concerts held abroad aside significant Greek composers and other major Greek vocalists.
In his most recent album release, “Smyrne of love”, Yiannis Kotsiras is joined by Estudiantina, a distinguished orchestra that is tied to the musical tradition of Asia Minor, in a contemporary reading of classic love songs of Smyrne with a Mediterranean twist, exceptional interpretations and the distinctive arrangements of Estudiantina orchestra, that have all come together to highlight the passion that these songs encapture, while respecting their genuine music form.