Kristi Stassinopoulou

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Chrisavgi (Kristi) Stassinopoulou (Athens, 20 January 1956) is a Greek singer, lyricist, and fiction writer. A native Athenian, she is an internationally known artist of the world music circuit. She is accompanied by composer, arranger, co-producer and multi-instrumentalist Stathis Kalyviotis. Their music combines traditional Greek rhythms and sounds, Byzantine vocal lines, rebetiko music, psychedelic rock,[1] ambience and electronica.[citation needed]

Her work has been compared to that of Hedningarna,[2] Grace Slick[3] and Björk.[4]

Studies and early years[edit]

Kristi Stassinopoulou has studied acting and drama at the school of Theatro Tehnis, Karolos Koun and at the theatre-school of Petros Katselis.[citation needed]

In 1978, while still a student, she participated in an audition for the Greek production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and was selected from 300 professionals and amateur singers for the role of Mary Magdalene; that was her debut as a professional singer.[5]

In 1983 Stassinopoulou represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest in Munich, where she interpreted the song of Antonis Plessas, Mou Les.

At that year she was picked for the role of Peron's young mistress in Tim Rice's and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Evita, produced in Athens by Aliki Vougiouklaki, who was playing the main role of Evita Peron. [1]

Collaboration with artists of the Greek music scene[edit]

Kristi Stassinopoulou has also collaborated with several composers, song writers and singers.

In the 80's and until the early 90's Stassinopoulou performed and toured together with songwriters/singers/composers: Lakis Papadopoulos (Lakis-me-ta-psila-Rever), Demos Moutsis, Nikos Portokaloglou-Fatme, George Pilali. She also collaborated with Pavlos Sidiropoulos, a most legendary figure of the Greek underground rock scene.[citation needed]

Her first record Kristi Stassinopoulou was released in 1986 by Adelfi Falirea. Composer/singer Stavros Papastavrou co-wrote the songs of this record together with Kleon Antoniou (of the ethno-jazz band Mode Plagal) and Takis Barberis.

For her second LP record, Sti Limni me tis Paparounes (By the lake with the Poppies), she collaborated with songwriters/composers Panagiotis Kalantzopoulos and Evanthia Reboutsika and lyricist Afroditi Rayla. The record was released by Lyra in 1993.

Collaboration with Stathis Kalyviotis[edit]

In 1989 Stassinopoulou met multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Stathis Kalyviotis, member -among others- of the Anipofori (The Unbearables), one of the first Greek punk bands in the early 80s, the first to do their songs in Greek lyrics and not in English, as was the habit in the Greek indie-underground-rock scene of the times.[6]

Together with Stathis Kalyviotis, drummer Vangelis Vekios and guitarist Kostis Anagnostopoulos they formed, Selana (sometimes cited as Selena), a band with an ethnopunk sound that never made an album, but became cult, often performing also as the support group of late Pavlos Sidiropoulos.[1]

In 1997, Stassinopoulou and Kalyviotis produced their first album Ifantokosmos which was released by the independent label Thesis.[5] Their next album, Echotropia, was released in 1999. It was distributed in Greece, N. America and Brasil and was the first Greek album to reach the Top 10 position in the World Music Charts Europe.[1]

In July 2000 Stassinopoulou, Kalyviotis and their band were the first Greeks to perform at the International Jazz Festival in Montreal [2], on its 21st edition. Their first North American appearance took place in July 2002 and it was organized by Dan Berhman. There they played a.o. at the Winnipeg Folk Festival[7] in Canada, the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Centre[8][9] in Washington DC, the Central Park Summer StageFestival in New York.[10]

In May 2001 she participated in the Greece in Britain series of concerts at the Barbican Theatre of London; the late Charlie Gillett, who was in the audience, hosted Stassinopoulou and Kalyviotis live in his Saturday BBC Radio 3 show, The Sound of the World.

In 2002 The Secrets of the Rocks was released in Greece by Hitch Hyke Records. In October 2002 Stassinopoulou, Kalyviotis and their band played at Womex in Essen, Germany.[5] In January 2003 The Secrets of the Rocks reached number 1 on the World Music Charts Europe, went number 2 in February and remained for 6 months in total in the top-10 list.[citation needed] The album was also released in N. America, Spain the U.K.

In March 2003 Stassinopoulou was the cover story of the world music UK magazine, fRoots,[11] interviewed by Ian Anderson. In October 2003 she played in Union Chappell,[12] London, in the Europe in Union series of concerts organized by fRoots. In August and September 2004, Stassinopoulou and Kalyviotis toured for one-month tour in 17 cities in Brazil, Mostra de Artes Mediterraneo, Roteiro Verde 2005.

In 2007, Taxidoscopio was released in Spain, Germany, Japan and Greece and was included in the top-15 of WOMEX World Music CDs of the year.[13] Together with their band, or as a duo, Stassinopoulou and Kalyviotis have appeared on several music festivals and clubs in Europe, N. America and Brazil.[14]

In 2012, Greekadelia was released worldwide by World Music Network/Riverboat.[15] The album was launched at the Green Note, Camden, London on 24 June. In the World Music Charts Europe of August 2012 the album was number one charts hit.[16]

Other activities[edit]

Kristi Stassinopoulou has published two books:

Her first book Epta Fores stin Amorgo (Seven Times in Amorgos) [17] containing seven mystery short stories set on the Cycladic island of Amorgos, was published in 1993 by Kastaniotis Editions.

Her second book Pyrini Romfaia (Fiery Sward) [18] is a novel of magic set in Athens in the early 90s and was published in 1995 by Livanis Editions.

She has also been writing and publishing short-stories and articles mainly on music, in magazines and fanzines. Stassinopoulou has also worked as a radio producer, presenting her own radio shows in the Athenian based radios: Sky 100,4 (1989–1992), Kanali 15 (1992-3), En Lefko (1998-9).[citation needed].

Kristi also supplied voices of Ariel in the Greek 1989 dub of The Little Mermaid, Belle in the Greek dub of Beauty and the Beast and Shanti in the Greek dub of The Jungle Book.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1986 Kristi Stasinopoulou -
1993 By the lake with the Poppies -
1997 Ifantokosmos -
2001 Echotropia Top10 in the World Music Charts Europe
2003 The Secrets of the Rocks #1 in the World Music Charts Europe
2006 Taxidoskopio -
2012 Greekadelia #1 in the World Music Charts Europe

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c AllMusic, biography of the artist
  2. ^ "Archived Reviews J-L - Global Village Idiot (UK)". web.archive.org. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Music Of The Balkans | World Music Central.org". worldmusiccentral.org. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis / Taxidoscopio - CD / cdRoots". cdroots.com. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Mondomix, WOMEX showcases 2002
  6. ^ Punk.gr, translation of 'Ήταν από τα πρώτα, αν όχι το πρώτο, καθαρόαιμο garage/punk συγκρότημα με Ελληνικό στίχο, την περίοδο που μόλις είχε έρθει το punk στην Ελλάδα.'
  7. ^ "Past Performers". Winnipeg Folk Festival. Updated August, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kristi Stassinopoulou". Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ 7/19/02 : Kristi Stassinopoulou. Kennedy Center Washington D.C. 
  10. ^ JON PARELES (May 16, 2002). "Summerstage Is Bringing the World to Central Park". New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ fRoots, cover story March 2003
  12. ^ "Kristi Stassinopoulou at Union Chapel, Oct. 19". Womex virtual. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Top-15 World Music CDs of the year 2007 (chapter near down end of website)". World music expo Womex. 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Festivals listing". Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ "New Release by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis - Greekadelia". World Music Network. Jun 15, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ Johannes Theurer (charts list compiler). "World Music Charts Europe". Worldmusic Workshop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ Biblionet, the record for Epta Fores stin Amorgo in the central database of all Greek publications
  18. ^ Biblionet, the record for Pyrini Romfaia in the central database of all Greek publications

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