Giorgos Xylouris

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Giorgos Xylouris (Psarogiorgis)
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Background information
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Origin Anogeia, Crete, Greece
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Lute
Associated acts Xylouris White

Giorgos Xylouris (Greek: Γιώργoς Ξυλούρης, born 1965), also known as Psarogiorgis, is a Cretan lute player and singer.

Xylouris was born into a musical family (his father is Psarantonis (Antonis Xylouris) and his uncle is Nikos Xylouris) and grew up in Anogeia, a mountain village in Crete with a rich musical culture. Xylouris started playing the Cretan lute at an early age,[1] guided by his uncle Psarogiannis. From eleven years old, he would accompany his father at village functions, and participate in recordings. Giorgos lived for eight years in Melbourne, Australia, where he formed the Xylouris Ensemble.[2] Two of the Xylouris Ensemble's albums, Antipodes (1998) and Drakos (1999), were nominated for the ARIA Fine Arts Awards in Australia. The Xylouris Ensemble recently[when?] expanded to include a younger generation of players, including Psarogiorgis' sons Nikos and Adonis Xylouris, who are based in Melbourne.

Xylouris plays the lute as a solo instrument, in contrast to the traditional accompaniment role the lute has in Cretan music. Normally in an ensemble, the laouto provides the rhythmic backing to the lyra, which is par excellence a singer’s instrument. In this role, Giorgos is peerless. In the less usual role of lead instrument he has made the laouto a melodic instrument to frame and adorn song.[3][4][5]

Xylouris has performed extensively both in his native Crete, in his second home Australia, and internationally at world music festivals, collaborating with musicians from both folk and rock traditions, including Australian drummer Jim White in the duo Xylouris White.

Discography[edit]

With the Xylouris Ensemble

  • Xylouris Ensemble (1995)
  • Daphne (1996)
  • Antipodes (1998)
  • Drakos (2002)
  • Antipodes 2 (2003)
  • Live in Melbourne (2010)
  • In a Strange Land / Επί Γης Αλλοτρίας (2011)[6]

With Xylouris White

  • Goats (2014)
  • Black Peak (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Περιοδικό "Τα Κρητικά", Τεύχος 5ο, Ιούνιος 2008 (in Greek) ("Ta kritika" Magazine - Issue 5, June 2008)
  2. ^ http://www.rossdaly.gr/en/projects/77-giorgos-xylouris
  3. ^ Περιοδικό: "Δίφωνο", Τεύχος 130, Ιούλιος 2006 (in Greek) ("Difono" Magazine - Issue 130, July 2006)
  4. ^ Musical Workshop Labyrinth (in English)
  5. ^ "Lute master returns, Neos Kosmos 11 March 2010 (in English)
  6. ^ An anthology of Greek-Australian songs and music. It features the musicians of the Xylouris Ensemble on two tracks: “Pink Lakes” and “There Are Moments”. The latter is a Giorgos Xylouris composition.

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