Stamatis Spanoudakis

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Stamatis Spanoudakis
Birth name Stamatis Spanoudakis
Born (1948-12-11) 11 December 1948 (age 65)
Athens, Greece
Genres Instrumental, religious, soundtracks and songs
Occupations Composer, lyricist, arranger, producer and performer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, piano, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, bouzouki and drums
Years active 1971–present
Labels Philips, Seagull, ΕΜΙ, Lyra, MINOS EMI, CBS/Sony Music, Polydor, Warner Music, Stam Studio
Associated acts Demis Roussos, Eleni Vitali, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Alkisitis Protopsalti, Manolis Mitsias, Yiannis Parios, Vassilis Saleas, Giannis Koutras, Mihalis Dimitriadis, Electra, Petros Gaitanos
Website www.stamatisspanoudakis.com

Stamatis Spanoudakis - Σταμάτης Σπανουδάκης (born December 11, 1948 in Athens, Greece) is a modern Greek classical composer. Early on he studied classical guitar. He went through a rock music phase, but then continued classical studies at the Würzburg State Conservatory with Bertold Hummel and later in Athens with Konstantinos Kydoniatis. Later on he studied Byzantine music.

Biography[edit]

Stamatis Spanoudakis was born in Athens Greece. Very early on he began to occupy himself with music.

He first studied Classical music ( guitar and theory ). He later played bass guitar and keyboards in a number of bands, in the sixties and the seventies, in Athens, Paris and London where he lived and recorded his first albums.

He was later attracted again to Classical music and returned to his studies of composition, first in Wurzburg Germany with professor Bertold Hummel and then in Athens with professor Konstantinos Kydoniatis.

He was then attracted to his third love - Byzantine music, which led him to Greek songwriting and instrumental music.

Since then he is consciously trying to reconcile his three musical influences (Rock, classical and Byzantine), in his music.

He wrote numerous hit songs (words and music) for most major Greek singers.

He also wrote the music for many successful films in Greece, Germany and Italy, for the theater and television and has recorded so far more than fifty albums.

Since 1995, he concentrates on instrumental music, based on Greek historical or religious themes, a music that has an unprecedent appeal.

Stamatis lives in a quiet suburb with his wife Dori and their four dogs. He has his own studio where he records his music, being the composer, arranger, producer, performer and engineer of his work.


An introduction[edit]

Stamatis is a peculiarly lonesome case in today’s Greek musical reality. For years, he has been following a totally personal musical direction which, as surprising and different as it may initially sound, has been proved correct by both time and the public. He has worked with the most successful Greek singers, successfully bringing out their “other side” by both composing the music and writing the lyrics for a large number of hit songs which are still very present today. (I akti, Pame gi’alles polities, Lathos epohi, Simera, Efiges noris, Zoi klemmeni, Kalimera ti kanis, etc) With the Soundtrack to the film “Stone Years” he brilliantly demonstrated that the clarinet is not only “for the fiestas”, but it is capable of expressing not only deeper and more demanding musical directions, but also religious (spiritual) ones as well. With his religious works, he has provided a very different perspective of contemporary byzantine music, which has kept us company and has calmed many “Holy Weeks” of our lives. (Kyrie ton Dynameon, Efta Paraklisis, Imera Triti, Earini Ora, etc). With his music for the cinema, since his first film in 1974, he has proved that music for a film can remain with you even after the film’s release and can become a part of your life. (Colours of Iris, Angel, Sudden Love, Stone Years, All in a road, Brides etc). With his decision, in 1994, to compose instrumental music exclusively, he opened up an avenue which, up until that time in Greece, was hermetically shut. An avenue on which many other musicians travel today. He embraces our Nation’s History and battles (endeavours), lest we forget who we (really) are (Alexandros, John’s Tear, Marble King, For Smyrni, A Piece of My Soul, Moments Gone, Alexandros II, Rejoice my sea etc). Finally, with his stance within the cultural and social developments of our country, he is seen as taking a stroll, in the opposite direction of his artistic peers, thus ignoring the “sirens” of ease and of submission

For Stamatis[edit]

"Stamatis Spanoudakis is widely regarded as the most prolific Greek composer of his age. Versatile in his music for film, television, records and concerts, he uses a rich and original musical palette that conjures up different perceptions in the sphere of musical imagery. He explores both tragic and dramatic experiences with an eye and an ear for the musical representation of the perennial dilemmas and joys faced by mankind both in the past and present. To date, Stamatis has written concert works for rock groups, string orchestra, soloists and chorus. Future plans include compositions for wind, brass, tympani and percussion, adding to his fulsome output. Concerts, including those at the George Enescu Hall (Bucharest), the Royal Albert Hall (London), and Beijin in China have proven his international reputation and set the seal on this remarkable artist’s achievement in bringing his unique brand of Greek music to the widest possible audience. I have had the privilege of conducting some of Stamatis’ concerts and I am continually impressed by the way he considers his music as a living entity that is constantly evolving and developing and is never completely set in stone."

William Relton

Discography[edit]

Album/CD title Published by Year
Beautiful Lies

Songs with Stamatis Spanoudakis

Philips 1971
Looking Back

Songs with Stamatis Spanoudakis

Seagull 1974
Promitheus

Original soundtrack from the film by Kostas Feris

Seagull 1974
Colours of iris

Original soundtrack from the film by Nikos Panayiotopoulos

Seagull 1975
To the first musician

A religious record with Stamatis and a vocal group of friends

Seagull 1977
Let's listen together

Stories for children. Texts by Maria Goumenopoulou. Nαrrαted by Kostas Giannikos

Seagull 1977
Nestor's company

Children's songs, with Nestor, Dori, Eva and Stamatis

Seagull 1977
Nestor's dream

Children's songs, with Nestor, Dori and Stamatis

Seagull 1978
Maran atha

Stamatis's first instrumental record. His frst attempt on everything that followed.

Seagull 1978
Songs of love

Songs with Dimitris Tamposis and friends

Seagull 1979
The garden with the statues

Music from the TV series of Pantelis Voulgaris

ΕΜΙ 1980
The story teller

Music from the TV series of Nikos Pilavios

Seagull 1980
The story teller ΙΙ

Music from the TV series of Nikos Pilavios

Seagull 1981
Lord of the powers

A religious record with Giannis Koutras and Eleni Vitali

Lyra 1981
Angel

Original soundtrack from the film by Giorgos Katakouzinos

Lyra 1981
Dies Irae

A religious record with Michalis Dimitriades and Electra

Lyra 1982
Sudden love

Original soundtrack from the film by Giorgos Tsemperopoulos

MINOS EMI 1983
Something is happening here

The first collaboration of Stamatis with Vassilis Saleas. With Giannis Ekmektsoglou on electric guitar and Chiko on drums. A very unique record quite ahead of it's time.

MINOS EMI 1984
Seven prayers

A religious record with Eleni Vitali and children's choir

MINOS EMI 1985
Senza tempo

Songs with Demi Roussos

Warner Music 1985
Stone years

Original soundtrack from the film by Pantelis Voulgaris

Lyra 1985
Contrabando

Songs with Eleutheria Arvanitaki. This was his first whole album, for a singer

Lyra 1987
Absences

Original soundtrack from the film by Giorgos Katakouzinos

Lyra 1987
On the way

Songs with Stamatis Spanoudakis

Lyra 1987
And we came into the years

Songs with Eleni Vitali

Columbia/ Sony Music 1988
Two steps from the sand

Songs with Alkistis Protopsalti

Polygram 1989
Tanirama

Songs with Eleutheria Arvanitaki

Polygram 1989
Ping Pong

A record of Stamatis rock era,with electric and acoustic guitars, synths and drums. Quite unusual when you think of what followed

Polygram 1989
Striker Number 9

Original soundtrack from the film by Pantelis Voulgaris Striker no 9

CBS 1989
Third Day

A religious record with Manolis Mitsias and Vassilis Saleas

CBS 1990
The dilemma

Songs with Petros Gaitanos

Polygram 1990
Bye bye

Original soundtrack from the film by Giorgos Tsemperopoulos

Columbia/ Sony Music 1991
I'm fine, thank you

Songs with Manolis Mitsias

Sony Music 1991
Thalassa

A record influenced by the all surrounding and ever loving Greek sea.

Sony Music 1992
Touch

Songs with Giannis Parios

Minos EMI 1992
Where do you go when you sleep

Songs with Dori Spanoudaki

MINOS EMI 1992
Iris / Promitheus / Maran atha

3 of the earlier instrumental and soundtracks, together in one record

Stam Studio 1994
With words

A compilation of hit songs

Stam Studio 1994
Alexandros (The myth of the east, the dream of the west)

This album tells the tale of Alexander the Great. A mixture of both rhythmic and melodic entities, the arrangements introduce an incredible cello rhythmic section which characterizes the theme of the album.

Stam Studio 1994
Moments gone

Beautifully crafted melodies, blending Eastern sounds with classical musical arrangements.

Stam Studio 1995
Holy Hour

An album filled with the exquisite melodies of the Greek orthodox religious hymns as well as originals by the artist. With Vassilis Saleas and Lefteris Zervas

Stam Studio 1995
John's Tear

A magical music fairytale with vocals, effects and lovely melodies giving a modern glimpse on the revelation of St. John.

Stam Studio 1996
Moments gone II

A natural blend of world music, with contemporary musical arrangements.

Stam Studio 1996
The Marble King

A musical impression of Constantine Palaiologos, the last martyr Emperor of Constantinople. A tribute to Agia Sofia and the fall of his beloved city in 1453.

Stam Studio 1998
All In A Journey

Original soundtrack of the film by Pantelis Voulgaris. A very quite, mysterius, and full of lovely melodies CD. Saxophone and Greek Lyra, carry the tunes, accompanied by piano and contrabass.

Stam Studio 1998
Facing the audience

A live performance of the best of Stamatis Spanoudakis's works, performed by a string orchestra, a choir and an elite of soloists of traditional Greek instruments.

Stam Studio 1998
Nineteenhundredandninetynine

A musical journey honoring the year before the millennium and the reason hidden before our celebrations.

Stam Studio 1999
Before the exhibition

A compilation of Stamatis's music made for artist's Vasiliki exhibition in Paris.

Stam Studio 2000
Moments gone III

An album filled with beautiful melodies, which is heard from start to finish all in one go. No skipping songs for this one.

Stam Studio 2000
For Smyrni

The artist's musical perception of events that took place in Smyrni in the early twentieth century. "Music for a film that was never made"

Stam Studio 2001
The Essential Collection

The absolute "Best of" Stamatis Spanoudakis's works. Digitally remastered all on a double CD album.

Stam Studio 2002
Piece of my soul

An ethereal combination of chldrens voices and mixed teenage choir with many unexpected arrangements. Solid melodies provide the background for a unique album. With Spyros Lambrou choir.

Stam Studio 2003
Music for films

A compilation of film themes

Stam Studio 2004
Brides

Original soundtrack of the film "Brides". Directed by Pantelis Voulgaris and produced by Martin Scorsese. A fantastic combination of music and songs, traditional instruments and Byzantine voices.

Stam Studio 2004
Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Some of the best pieces of Stamatis Spanoudakis, performed live at the Royal Albert Hall by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the London Symphony Choir.

Stam Studio 2006
Alexandros II (Paths you never walked)

A musical interpretation of paths that were not travelled by Alexander the Great, from Macedonia to the Far East. Performed by ERT Symphony Orchestra and Choir and Stamatis's band.

Lyra 2009
Live in China

Live recording in Beijing. The best example of contemporary classical music. Performed live by ERT Symphony Orchestra and Choir and Stamatis's band.

Stam Studio 2009
Je veux touzours etr avec toi

A record of sentimental music, complemented with ethereal vocals. The artist re-visits his guitars for the musical arrangements of the tracks; a renewed breath of air!

Stam Studio 2011
Rejoice my sea

A beautiful blend of great melodies children's voices, classical and ambient orchestrations, guitars, pianos and violins, inspired from and dedicated to the Greek sea and Virgin Mary.

Stam Studio 2013

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