Alekos Vretos Quartet @ Cultural Center for Young Artits Creation
36 Troias str. Athens, Greece
Alekos Vretos Quartet: Dimitris Sevdalis, piano - Dinos Manos, bass - Dimitris Klonis, drums - Alekos Vretos, oud
Greek oudist, pianist and composer Alekos Vretos has been merging jazz, Arabic, Greek and Latin music in a masterful blend of sounds from traditional instruments, such as the oud or the nay, vs. the modern ones. As a bandleader, Alekos has developed a unique atmosphere for his music: keeping traditional sound in the front line, he expands it through jazz improvisation and exploding rhythmic development. "MerginÃ¢€â„¢Ã¢€Â, his first personal album released in 2009 Ã¢€â€ following Ã¢€ËœYunanÃ¢€â„¢ with The Meliti Ensemble in 2004 Ã¢€â€ was welcomed by audience and critics. A bold and tasteful blend of Jazz and Arabic improvisation, "MerginÃ¢€â„¢Ã¢€Â takes oud playing to uncharted territories. A heavy jazz taste and a fine traditional Arabic scent emerges from the stimulating matching with musicians such as Bassam Saba and Takis Paterelis on this live Ã¢€â€ like recorded album. "MerginÃ¢€â„¢Ã¢€Â was launched by Jadeo Music, an indie record and management company Alekos founded in Athens, featuring world, jazz and classical music and fellow artists. He was included in 2013 list of the 100+1 most influential people in the Greek music scene. His last album "K on TopÃ¢€Â is a statement of what musicians can do when they love playing music. The music is played with no blinders on and it explodes every time the improvisations and interactions are brought to a boiling point. Lyrical melodies and sharp harmonic paths deliver different feelings in every piece of the CD.