A few words about us…
Thessaloniki – January 2014
The music band pliri ntaxei was formed in Thessaloniki on March 2012 after an initiative by Lefteris Tsikouridis.
The band members are:
Katerina Douka – vocals, spoons and zilia (clappers)
Manolis Porfirakis – guitar and vocals
Lefteris Tsikouridis – bouzouki and vocals
Christos Pappas – bouzouki, baglama and vocals
The band’s repertoire has been defined by three major factors.
First, the band members’ shared interested in interpreting and performing songs and instrumental tunes from the rich Greek folk music tradition and from rebetiko music recorded between 1910 and 1930 mainly in Greece but also in the USA and Turkey.
Second, the band is composed of four voices, bouzouki, guitar and baglama, which is a standard model of a folk music band. This type of bands appeared in the 1930’s and composed original music based on traditional compositional forms.
Third, the study and use of specific techniques as far as musical expression, interpretation and performing is concerned that relate mainly to the traditional style [vocal tone colours, holding the drone, specific tuning (douzeni), etc].
After a month, the band began performing at various haunts of Thessalonica (Ίγγλις, 4Εποχές) and the TV program Ανοιχτά μικρόφωνα, by Kostas Krikelis, included the band in a tribute episode called Ρεμπέτικα των 78 στροφών. In the meantime, the band composed new songs. Three songs by Manolis on Irini Karanikola’s lyrics and some by Christos. They started thinking of recording the material and releasing a music record.
Throughout September the band continued performing live in Thessalonica. On the 23rd October the band took part in the opening ceremony of the exhibition Samkura – Περιπλάνηση held at the State Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition was part of the Φεστιβάλ Αοράτων Πόλεων (Invisible Cities Festival) that was organised by the State Museum of Modern Art and the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art. On the 2nd of November, pliri ntaxei opened the concert for Χειμερινοί Κολυμβητές at Mylos club. Shortly after that, they were interviewed by Spiros Gkaltsas, journalist for the on-line magazine Noizy.gr.
The band and sound engineer, Spiros Spirou, recorded the album between the 25th and the 27th of November, in Royal Alzheimer Hall Studio, Thessalonica.
Many people were interested in the project, including people working in video recordings, advertising and music production. Thus, part of the recording was filmed by Giannis Peiralis, Virginia Rigaki, Mari Kakaratzi, Dimitris Papadopoulos with the help of Anestis Patkas. Efstathios Michailidis and the advertising company Paretria.gr were in charge of the artwork for the album. They also designed the band’s website www.plirintaxei.gr .
On January 2013, the band performed live in Igoumenitsa and continued appearing live in Thessalonica while they made plans for their record to be released. In the spring of 2013, they took part in two TV documentaries. The first one (Το μπαγλαμαδάκι) was a documentary by the TV channel ET3 and the program Ύλη πραγμάτων μαγική and the second (La Grèce) was a documentary by the French TV channel France 3 National and the program Le Grand Tour. On the 19th of April they opened the concert for Giannis Aggelakas at Block 33, playing four of their songs. On the 17th of June, they took part in the concert held outside the EPT TV studios in Thessalonica for the support of those that had been fired from EPT. On the 11th of August, they appeared live at Ο Παράδεισος beer restaurant in Leptokarya, Pieria during the φεστιβάλ Θάλασσας (Sea festival) that was organised by the Municipality of Dion-Olympus. On September, they made three live appearances. One in Drama, when they accepted the invitation by the group/citizens’ initiative Συμμετέχω, during the International Short Film Festival of Drama. The second was at Eleftherias square in Ilioupoli during the summer events of the Municipality of Pavlos Melas under the title Ζωή στη γειτονιά, ομορφιά στην πόλη. The third one was during the Greenwave Festival in Thessaloniki where they performed live with Agathon Iakovidis. Since then, they have performed live in Drama (October and December) and at the Βιοτεχνία independent haunt, Thessalonica, on the 28th of November. They gave a TV interview to the on-line TV channel Cityzentv.gr and the program Κάθε τραγούδι και μία ιστορία and were also interviewed by Rouamat.com, Noizy.gr and Parallaxi-Magazine.
The band’s first album was released on November 2013 and included ten new tracks, nine songs and an instrumental tune. Manolis composed three songs on Irini Karanikola’s lyrics. Christos composed seven songs with Lefteris’ contributing in one of them. The album is being distributed by MLK.
The band is currently working on a video clip, on a new album and will perform live in various cities around Greece.
Winter and spring 2014 saw the band performing live in western Greece (Corfu, Igoumenitsa, Grevena, Kastoria). In April the band recorded 13 new songs at Igoumenitsa together Spiros Spirou. At the end of the same month the band released its first official video clip “é anáftra” which was planned, directed and edited by Giannis Papadopoulos, Mihalis Gkatzogias, Virginia Rikaki and Giannis Peiralis. In August “pliri ntaxei” travelled to Cyprus to participate in “FEGGAROS” festival and also performed live in Limassol. The following months they toured western and northern Greece (Ioannina, Igoumenitsa, Grevena, Kastoria, Kilkis, Kavala and other cities) while performing on a regular basis in Thessalonica. In November they released their second ALBUM “APOSTOLÍ STO DIÁSTIMA”. The album consists of 12 original songs and a new instrumental tune. The artwork was done by paretria.gr and the album is distributed by MLK.
Between January and April 2015 the band started working on the recording of their third album and gave a series of concerts in Thessalonica, Athens and Crete. Throughout this time period the band’s collaboration with the photographer Anastasia Deligianni resulted in the publication of a photo album entitled “To Sergiani” and in the creation of the live video clip “Apostoli sto Diastima” which was edited by Michalis Gatzogias and Virginia Rigaki. To celebrate the release of their second album the band gave television and radio interviews and appeared live in Thessalonica (CityzenTV – Spyros Gkaltsas) and Athens (Metadeftero radio – George Hristodoulopoulos, Alpha Radio – Elli Spyropoulou, Sto Kokkino radio – George Xylouris). Also many articles, interviews, reviews and critiques appeared in printing and electronic press.
In May, pliri ntaxei and Spyros Spyrou recorded eleven new songs. The live recording took place at the house of Christos Megas in Ano Poli of Thessalonica, with the technical support of the latter. It is worth noting that the old microphones of Nikos Papazoglou were used, which offered a rather unique timbre and high sound quality. In summer, the band combined its standard live appearances in Thessalonica with three tours, two in western Greece and one in Crete where it participated in the 1st Square Festival (Φεστιβάλ Πλατείας) in Neapolis, Lasithi.
Autumn was a rater busy period for the band with scheduled and extraordinary live appearances, television and radio presentations and extensive electronic (mainly) press coverage and many articles written on the band.
The year ended with the band’s third album entitled “pliri ntaxei – Tritos Diskos”. The company paretria.gr provided the album’s artwork and it was printed by the company cdway.gr and distribution has been assigned to MLK. This release was combined with live appearances that took place in various joints of Thessalonica, Crete (Rethymno, Ierapetra, Ag. Nikolaos, Archanes) and western Greece (Kastoria, Grevena, Ioannina etc.)