Indo-Greek song, kirtan style: Nama Namaste
Music: Stathis Kaliviotis. Lyrics: Kristi Stasinopoulou
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Singer and lyricist Kristi Stassinopoulou, a native Athenian, active on Greece’s alternative music scene for many years, and her longtime collaborator, composer, arranger,
The unique and interesting blend of traditional Greek rhythms, ambience and electronica, combined with Kristi’s vivid scenic appearance and haunting vocals have sparked great response and have led to appearances in important music festivals, venues and radio concerts around the world.
The melodies of the songs draw inspiration from Greek demotika and rebetika songs and from modal Byzantine chanting.
The lyrics of the songs are mostly experiential and speak about a range of themes: Stories-on-the-road, refugees passing through Greece, life in faraway Greek islands, ancient sun-worshiping rituals and shamanic practices still alive in certain areas of the Greek peninsula, the “nowness” of the Greek situation.
Kristi and Stathis continue their musical voyage, writing new songs, experimenting on sounds and giving live performances in Greece and abroad.
Some of the places they have performed:
Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments in Athens GREECE, Montreal International Jazz Festival CANADA, New York Summer Stage Festival USA, Kennedy Centre Washington USA, Barbican Launch London UK, Union Chappell London UK, Roundhouse London UK, Ritch Mix London UK, Mostra de Artes Mediterraneo Sao Paulo BRAZIL, Berlin Poesie Festival, Βerlin Art Academy 2017 GERMANY, Womex 2002 Essen GERMANY, Bardentreffen Festival Nurnberg GERMANY, Berlin Poetry Festival GERMANY, Sete Sóis Sete Luas Festival Lisbon PORTUGAL, Forum Barcelona SPAIN, MUVIM Modern Art Museum Festival Valencia SPAIN, Ghana Fest Valetta MALTA, 2000 Islands Festival Prague TSECHIA, Ethnoabient Festival Split CROATIA, Spring Festival Erevan ARMENIA, Women Sing the World Festival Tel Aviv ISRAEL, Satelitt Café Paris FRANCE, GLOBAL Copenhagen DENMARK, JAZZIT Club Saltsburg AUSTRIA, Szene Wienna AUSTRIA, Art Base Gallery Brussels BELGIUM, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center INDIA.
NYN (no 1 Transglobal World Music Charts, Oct 2016/no 2 World Music Charts Europe, Nov 2016)
Greekadelia (no 1 in the WMCE, Aug & Sept2012),
Taxidoscopio (no 3 in the WMCE, March & April 2007),
The Secrets of the Rocks (no 1 in the WMCE, Jan 2003),
Echotropia (no 6 in the WMCE, May 2000)
Kristi is also a published writer. Her short stories, traveling documentaries, articles about music, etc are often published in the Greek media. She has also published two books of fantasy fiction:
Seven Times in Amorgos (1993, Kastaniotis Editions), a book with seven mystery short stories set on the faraway Greek, Cycladic island
The Fiery Sword (1995, Livanis Editions), a novel of magic set in Athens in the early 90s.
More info, concerts, albums, videos, reviews, interviews at:
Articles by Kristi Stassinopoulou in INDIKA
Singing Planet, INDIKA 2019
Kristi Stassinopoulou – Nama Namaste, INDIKA 2019
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