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Live performance Freedom Candlemaker & friends at Archontiko Axiotheas

I am so happy to be playing at my favourite outdoor venue in Cyprus this Thursday 8th of October! I am performing a solo show at Archontiko Axiotheas, but I took this opportunity as well to invite a few friends to join me on stage for different songs. So I will have Ermis Michail on guitar for a few, Marios Takoushis on piano, Nama Dama on voice and recorder and Ezgi on vocals plus a special secret guest. I will do songs from Now Happiness, Girls, Ghosts and Gods, Beaming Light, The Age of Now and a few new unreleased ones, plus a couple of covers. It should be lots of fun.

Reserve at 22 894531. 

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Here is a video from the last time I played there in 2016 with Foken on guitar.

 


 

Waters of Ganges - New live video and song out!

I had the pleasure of being invited by my good friend Marios Takoushis to kick off this new video series 'Warehouse Diaries', recorded live in his personal studio. It's a wonderful thing he is starting and I hope it catches on. He will be presenting some great artists, local and not. 

The song we spontanteously recorded is a new song of mine named 'Waters of Ganges' written about a recent break up. I will be recording it in the studio soon and it will probably be on the new album I'm preparing to release in 2021. 

Make sure you follow the links:

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In the studio with Eleni Era recording second album

Once again we are in the studio with Eleni Era and what a pleasure it is. We have been working on pre-production on and off since Feb but due to circumstances we have only been able to get in the studio this last week and it's sounding incredible! We are recording at studio eleven63 with Andreas Trachonitis who is engineering and co-producing.

I am also contributing two songs on this album, one words and music and the other one the lyrics. Working titles are 'Bells' and 'No ending to the wander'.

The album is due for release next spring on Louvana Records. Singles will come out in the beginning of 2021.
Stay tuned!

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Working with new artist Polina Rachell

I have recently doing producing working with young artist Polina Rachell. She is just coming out, writing her own songs (she is 15) and she is brilliant and a with a very mature for her age. It's great to be working with young talent and see them grow and evolve so quickly. She will be releasing a new EP so look out for her. The music is pop at its finest.

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The time is ripe

'The time is ripe' is released today!

I was commissioned by Home for Cooperation to write a song about unity between the two sides of Cyprus. I wrote the english part of the song and Vassilis Philippou wrote the Greek Cypriot part. Gurgenc Korkmazel wrote the Turkish Cypriot lyrics. I produced the song and Andreas Trachonitis mixed it at studio eleven63. The song was performed by 37 musicians from both sides! We made a video showing all of the performers edited by Antonis Pouliasis. 

See video below:

New video single 'Gold'

My new song and video are out in the world and I am very happy to share them with everyone. They are out in all digital platforms. 
Check out all the details here.
 
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Fengaros Music Village 2020

I am very happy to be the resident artist at this year's Fengaros Music Village. I will be choosing musicians and actors from the various workshops to put together a performing ensemble that is going to open Fengaros Festival 2020, the 10th edition. It's exciting stuff.

You won't need to sign up for this. Just sign up to any of the other wonderful workshops that are in offer. The rehearsals for my ensemble will be happening in the times between. You can find out about the workshops and read all the details HERE.

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New music with Eleni Era

Ι was just in Berlin working on new music for Eleni Era's new album, aiming to be released early next year.
New material is on the way though, and a couple of singles will hit before summer for sure. I'm happy and excited about it. Look out for it.
You can catch her news and progress on her Instagram account amongst other platforms.


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TEDx talk and performance are up!

My TEDx talk is up now. I actually haven't watched it yet but you can go ahead and let me know what you think. It was a pretty trippy experience for me, both preparing it and doing it. Let me know what you think. You can WATCH IT HERE!

We also did a short live set with the band which you can watch here. I am not happy with the lights and the editing but what can you do?


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FREEDOM CANDLEMAKER - full band shows (2)

We are coming back to Cyprus for a couple of shows with the full band:

29 November - Savino Live, Larnaca - support by Nama - Doors: 21:30

30 November - ARTos Foundaction, Nicosia - support by Eleni Era

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TEDxUniversityOfNicosia

I was invited to do a live set with the Freedom Candlemaker band, and also do a talk at TEDxUniversityOfNicosia. 

It took a lot of effort and digging inside myself to put this story together. My life story basically in 18 minutes, with all the ups and downs, all the important experiences and realisations. I have to admit it has been a very stressful time for me. 

But, it is happening on Saturday, the 30th of November. It's done now. I'm doing it. And it will probably on YouTube in 3 months I think.

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Sophie Fetokaki has a very special voice and approach to music. She brought in around 8-9 traditional songs from all over the world to work on, plus three of her originals and we managed to get all of it down in five days, with the help of the amazingly skillfull and talented Fred Thomas from London, and of course the sound engineering wizardry of Andreas Trachonitis at - where else - eleven63 studio. Results will come out probably early Fall. I am very happy with it.

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Taltsie debut EP recordings


I think Taltsie is one of the most talented songwriters and singers that Cyprus has ever had. And I was very happy to work on producing her debut EP. She is only 19 years old.

You can check her out HERE although the EP will be coming out sometime in the Fall / Winter. 

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Full band shows in Cyprus

I'm very happy to announce two full band shows in my home country, Cyprus this month! 
More info on the LIVE page. 

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Now Happiness - Full YouTube stream

At long last Now Happiness if available for streaming on Louvana Records' YouTube channel. LISTEN HERE! 


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LIVE album presentation in Athens announced

Thrilled to annouce our full band album presentation in Athens on the 13th of April! Also on the bill our friends Dervisis and Krista Muir from Canada! Organised by our beloved Kormoranos:


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New live videos are out!

I'm very happy to share with you two new live videos from our show at six d.o.g.s last December. 
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Two tracks off the new album performed live. Massive thanks to Nefele Papaioannou for the editing and production. 

Go check them out:

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Eleni Era album Rise Love released!

The album that I'm really proud to have recently produced is out in the world and you can purchase it on CD and LP from Louvana Records!

It's also out on all digital platforms! 

Go listen, go buy, enjoy!


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ALBUM PREMIERE

I am so happy to finally share this with the world! 
Beaming Light, my new album, is premiering on the 405 with a great review as well! Read all about it and stream the album.

If you like it then you can ORDER it on vinyl, CD or digital from HERE.

More to come so stay tuned! 

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Third single 'Journey' out!

New - third - single from the album Beaming Light is out! You can listen to it below. Also, check out this small interview I gave to the French webzine Soul Kitchen plus a playlist of my current favourite music.

 

Read Soul Kitchen feature HERE.

You can PRE-ORDER Beaming Light on limited edition black and turquoise vinyl LP, CD and digital album!! It's coming out on the 22nd of February on Inner Ear RecordsFollow this link to PRE-ORDER on all platformshttp://smarturl.it/ywnwgg







Pre-order album Beaming Light

I'm very happy to announce that you can now PRE-ORDER Beaming Light on limited edition black and turquoise vinyl LP, CD and digital album!! It's coming out on the 22nd of February on Inner Ear Records.

Follow this link to PRE-ORDER on all platformshttp://smarturl.it/ywnwgg

Cover photo by Filep Motwary

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Solo shows in Berlin

I am heading to Berlin tomorrow to do some solo shows and I'm very excited. Catch me at the following. New single 'Journey' is out soon. Stay tuned for more info.

Jan. 17th - Monarch (supporting Micah P. Hinson)
Jan. 18th - Mark Twain bibliothek
Jan. 24th - It's a Bar (w/ Eleni Era & Drones of Praise)

More info on shows HERE

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Here is the video and single Astral Body!

With great pride and joy I present to you the new video clip Astral Body! This could not have happened if it wasn't for my two amazingly talented friends Filep Motwary and Andreas Dimitriou (white leaf pictures) who have worked so hard to make this dream a reality, and I thank them endlessly!! You guys are the best!!
I also thank all the wonderful people that were involved and brought such good vibes to the set.
The single is out on all digital platforms HERE!

Enjoy and share, far and wide! 


 








Le Guess Who? and shows with Joan As Police Woman

I had such an amazing time watching Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht. It restored my faith in music and made me feel that we are living in the best yet time for music! From any angle you see it! Material, audience, performance, everything!

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I was also thrilled to share the stage with the amazing Joan as police woman and band in Utrecht and Winterthur! Dutch audience is amazing and so is the Swiss. Such great reception and great experience for me overall. JAPW is one of the tightest bands I have ever seen and really fun people to be around! Here is a photo of me with the band and some shots from the shows.

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Next week we are filming the video for the next single Astral Body from the new album! Stay tuned and make sure you follow me on instagram! :-)
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First single from Freedom Candlemaker album is out today!!!

'Abyssal sky' the first single from the forthcoming album 'Beaming Light' is out today! Beaming Light is the first album I am releasing as Freedom Candlemaker, which is the name I'm going to be using from now on for my solo work. I'm very happy and proud for this album. I really enjoyed the slow process of making it and carving the sound along with producer and friend Alex Bolpasis and I love the final outcome. Abyssal sky is the first song on the album, the first song we worked on and it feels like it has to be the first song to see the light of day. It is also the song that lends the title to the album, due out in February on Inner Ear Records, who I'm really happy to be working with. The track also features Mike Kapilidis on drums and Dimitris Chatzizisis on guitars.

I am very looking forward for everyone out there to hear it and enjoy it! Below the artwork for the single, with the magnificent photography of my dear friend Filep Motwary and the layout by Zara der Arakelian. Much more to come soon so stay tuned!

Follow this link to listen to the song: http://m.popaganda.gr/freedom-candlemaker-abyssal-sky/


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First taster song from 'Beaming Light' coming out 6 / 11 / 18

I'm happy to announce that the first single from 'Beaming Light' is coming this coming Thursday the 6th of November. The name of the track is 'Abyssal sky' and it's the first track on the album due out in early February. Another single will follow in early December! It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited to share this with the world. The new album as well as the first single will be coming out under the name FREEDOM CANDLEMAKER which is the name I will be using from now on. In case you are wondering what it means, it is a translation of my name in English.

I'm also hitting the road next week for a short run of shows including two solo shows supporting the amazing Joan as police woman, which I'm so much looking forward to! Check out the live dates diary for more info!

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Keep an eye out for more news very soon! You can also follow me on Instagram!

Producing Eleni Era's album

Finally reunited with the gorgeous Eleni Era to record her debut album, to be released by Louvana Records early next year. I had an amazing time producing this album! It felt like living in a dream for week! I believe it is the best thing I have produced so far - including my records - and I think it will blow people's minds when it comes out! What an astonishing artist she is! 

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Musician's Mentality workshop / Thessaloniki

I so very much enjoyed doing the Musician's Mentality workshop in Thessaloniki (19-21/10/18). Once again it was such a fulfilling experience for me, sharing so many thoughts, experiences, fears, dreams and insecurities with musicians I respect and admire. This is something I definitely intend to be doing more in the future, because I think it really helps people unlock their creativity and make them more productive and courageous with their art. Thank you all for being there and sharing this with me! 


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I will be uploading some music samples from the workshop soon...

Here are also a couple of shots from our show at Avgo on the same weekend. Dreamy vibes.

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New album 'Beaming Light' mastering DONE!

Mastering for the new album I'm releasing as Freedom Candlemaker in the beginning of 2019 is done! Thanks to my wonderful producer / wizard Alex Bolpasis and mastering engineer Yiannis Christodoulatos at Sweetspot in Athens for their oustanding work! First single coming out in November!  Stay tuned...


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New workshop and show in Thessaloniki next week

Ι am happy to announce another workshop about the musician's mentality next week in Thessaloniki. We are also doing a duet show with Dimitris playing some new material as well from the new upcoming album 'Beaming Light'!
Facebook event HERE

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In other news, another show supporting the great Joan As Police Woman in Winterthur, Switzerland!!

Supporting Joan As Police Woman in Holland!!!!

I'm super super excited to be supporting one of my favourite artists in the world, Joan As Police Woman!
The show is taking place in Utrecht, Holland and HERE is the FB event! I hope to meet some of you there! More info soon on possibly more shows...

And here is a photo of us in Cyprus last August :-) 

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Workshop at Music Village was a blast!

I had one of the best weeks of my life conducting my workshop about the musician's mindset at Music Village in Pelion! It is immensely inspiring to see people abandon their insecurities about themselves, performing, writing and just going for it! I had such a good time that I stayed for an extra week for the rest of the workshops! I will be repeating the workshop in Thessaloniki in October. More info on that soon!

Ηere are a couple of lovely shots of our afternoon sessions by Nicholas Chryssos:
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Returning to Music Village - Pelion, Greece 19-26, August 2018

I'm very excited to be returning to Music Village, in Greece, after a year's halt. This time I'm introducing a new workshop, which partially will be conducted by my beloved friend Fotis Siotas. I'm mainly going to focus on the search of the identity of the musician, which is part of the general theme for this year, which is 'The Other Self'. Over the years I have been a part of many bands and music projects and it's always an issue to try and find your voice within each context, and manage to express myself. Things like this, performance and writing are some of the topics that we are going to go over. Check out the description and details of how you can sign up below. All this of course at the loveliest of settings. Whoever's been there would know. For the rest, just browse the photo galleries. They are endless! :-)

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Fengaros Festival 2018 line up!

I'm very happy with this year's Fengaros Festival line up. I feel it's the best one yet. Definitely the one that I focused more on than any other year. Deerhoof, Joan As Police Woman, A Hawk and A Hacksaw and many more. Not bad eh?
Check out all the info at www.fengaros.com

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Eleni Era / new live videos

It gave me great joy to help produce these beautiful live tracks of my dear friend Eleni Era. We are also very happy to have her on board the Louvana roster. Debut album is coming towards the end of the year. We are also doing some split shows in Berlin soon. Stay tuned!





Live video

We played a really lovely show in Athens along Pelion Rivers and Avalo (Vassilis Vlahakos from Cave Children). We did a cover for the encore and I thank Maxime Gaudet (https://www.facebook.com/maximegaudet...) for making this great video of that. Check it out!




Fengaros Music Village 2018

For the first time I'm conducting a workshop at Fengaros Music Village! It's a subject I'm very into over the last year and I feel that is it will be very useful to everyone attending. Including myself! You can check it out HERE along with all the other wonderful workshops effort.
My workshop is called 'The Musician's Mentality'. Direct link HERE.

Music Village is a totally unique musical experience that anyone involved with music should experience at least once! Hope to see you there.

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Low Spark tour continues!

We have played a handful of shows and are going to play a few more! For the first time The Low Spark will be traveling to Greece for a show and with great joy share the stage with our fellow band The Cave Children!

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You can listen and buy the album HERE!

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Here it is. An interview about pretty much everything I do with Stavros Dioskouridis of Popaganda.gr
In Greek. Enjoy...

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AT LAST! The Low Spark release album !!

The new album by The Low Spark will be out on bandcamp on the 18th of this month. You can also pre-order it now and get 3 tracks instantly
order here: https://thelowspark.bandcamp.com/releases 
Album live presentation is set for the 19th of May at Savino Live in Larnaca. Facebook event here

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Trio Tekke album out on pre-order!

The new album by Trio Tekke is out on pre-order! Official release date is set for the 5th of June. If you pre-order now you can get 3 tracks instantly and also help us make the costs of the production. You can order here: https://triotekke.bandcamp.com/

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Started recordings for a new record ...in Athens ...

Last December, I started recording a new record that will potentially be called 'Playground', with good friend producer Alex Bolpasis, with whom we have worked together for the J.Kriste album Girls, Ghosts and Gods. I am not sure yet under what alias is going to be released and how but it is happening. Michalis Kapilidis, superb drummer from Athens, has layed down drums for 10 new tracks, and a couple of weeks ago I was in Athens again putting down the bass and acoustic guitar parts. It sounds great and I think it's going to be one of the best things I have done. Stay tuned...

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Trio Tekke album recordings completed... off to mixing!

It was a very hard working week in London, recording the new Trio Tekke album! It's all down now and we are getting ready for mixing this baby, which Andreas Trachonitis will be responsible for, at studio eleven63.

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concert at Rialto was a dream! Thanks to all who came. Small but warm crowd! Expect photos and videos soon....hopefully!

First 'Now Happiness' show for 2017 and live video

I'm very happy to announce the first show for 2017 and what a show. At one of the nicest theatres in Cyprus, Rialto Theatre in Limassol, where we played with J.Kriste, Master of Disguise some years ago, and from which show you probably know from the videos. It's on the 11th of February and you can check out info at the live page and also on Facebook.

Also enjoy this video from our show last October at the beautiful space of Axiothea. More to come soon...


Trio Tekke new album recordings

We are heading over to London in early February to record a brand new album with Trio Tekke. This time around the band and the overall sound is enhanced by monster drummer Dave De Rose who is collaborating with us on this album and is helping create a fresh rhythmic blend to go with our new, more electric sound! Stay tuned. Expected release May - June!
We are also doing one live show. Check live section or FB event for details!

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Sotires live video released

I am very happy to share with you the new live videos by Sotires, recorded and filmed at the Cyprus Library and produced by Andreas Trachonitis!



        


New shows for Sotires announced!

Thre are a few shows lined up to present the album by Sotires in Greece and Cyprus. We will be playing Thessaloniki, Athens, Limassol and Nicosia, plus recording a live video in a library that will come out in January! Head to the live section to check it out!  

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Sotires album out!

The brand new album by Sotires is released on Louvana Records and we are very happy about that. order it here! Or look for it in all the good record shops if you live in Greece. More news and show soon!
Oh and like us on Facebook if you may!


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New live video

This is a new video of us playing an acoustic version of 'Sun melts the ice' off the album Now Happiness. Enjoy!
Tour dates coming up in
Greece and
Germany!




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