Nikos Grapsas Filocalia Quartet

Nikos Grapsas Filocalia Quartet

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

Daulute brings a unique and dynamic sound to the interpretation of Greek traditional music. It presents an extensive Cretan repertoire as a basis, while it also explores other Greek music idioms and improvisations.

Biography

Filokalia Romana Quartetwas founded byNikos Grapsas.Nikos interest inthefolk musicof theEast and the Balkans with its many rhythms,findsjoyinimprovisationwhile he is in a constant search for the roots of this music. He started traveling toMinorAsia, Smyrna, Cappadocia, Middle East andtheBalkans, discovering traditional musical instruments andexploring new ways of performingthem.Nikos has studied Byzantine and European music, as well as the Arab andTurkish musical systems, before he started composing his own music. He also holds a master in Human studies. Hehas created a rich archive ofsongs fromthe Greek islands,after having completed research with the old music records of the Academy of Athensandlistened carefully to the various idioms of theGreekprovincial music. Together with Christos Tsiamoulis,they havecreated the ensemble "Aegean Forces",performing withinstrumentsthat have been used bydifferentmusicculturesand putting forward the strong local idioms of its people. Nikos Grapsas has produced 18 albums.

Discography

AEGEAN FORCES (LYRA, 1985)
MELODISTS OF PASSION (ORATA, 1986)
AEGEAN FORCES SOUND B (SIRIUS, 1987)
THERE ARE CHILDREN IN SIRIUS (MINOS, 1987)
EASTERN WINDOW (SIRIUS, 1989)
THAT'S WIND/ IT'S WIND (SIRIUS, 1990)
PANDORA VOL 2 (ORATA, 1991)
AVATON (SIRIUS, 1991)
PANDORA VOL 3 (ORATA, 1993)
WOMEN OF BITERNESS (LYRA, 1993)
POYLOLOGOS: THE WEDLOCKS OF A ROOSTER (ORATA, 1993)
ARKADIA MOUNTAINS (MBA, 1993)
EMPTYNESS (MIRROR, 1995)
IONIAN SEAS (LYRA, 1995)
GIRL FROM AMORGOS (LYRA, 1996)
SONGS BROUGHT BY SOUTH WIND (LYRA, 1996)
LITTLE LOVES IN THE SAD CITY (LYRA, 1997)
ROSE OF A ROCK (MBA, 1998)
SUNKEN SHIP ANCHORS (MINOS EMI, 2001)
TRICHORD, THE SOUND OF OUR SOUL (BMG, 2001)
AEGEAN FORCES, ALL THE DAYS I WAS MISSING (AEGEAN FORCES, 2001)
EON (AEGEAN FORCES, 2002)
MUSICAL HERRITAGE THRAKI - AEGEAN - CYPRUS (KOTSONIS, 2003)
LIE DISGUISED IN TRUTH (UNIVERSAL, 2005)