'Greek musician and composer Alekos Vretos seamlessly divines the perfumed essence of Middle Eastern music, infusing that essence into jazz and creating a rich world music hybrid that is as enjoyable to listen to as it is bold to consider.' All About Jazz
The oud is a fine vehicle for improvisation, something Alekos Vretos is extraordinary good with - something that he amply demonstrates on his albums and on stage.
Over his career, Alekos Vretos has collaborated with many interesting people. To name a few: legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, Simon Shaheen, Gilad Atzmon, Martha D. Lewis, Theodore Antoniou, The Greek Contemporary Ensemble, The Kamerata, the Jazz Upstairs Big Band, Yorgos Fakanas, Dimitris Maragopoulos, The Athens State Orchestra, Lakis Chalkias, Kostas Thomaidis and Takis Paterelis.
With his album 'Mergin' (2009), Vretos merged Arabic and Latin Music with taste and intelligence. 'K on Top of the Piano' (2014) has not only a flavor of organically produced music but is strickingly graphic and vivid. What shall be Alekos next album is still unknown. But get ready to be surprised!
For his work and help towards the music scene (especially World Jazz), he was included in 2013 list of the 100+1 most influential people in the Greek music scene published by the Athens Voice newspaper.
Ref.: Brosella Jazz | The Magaron |Praxis Jazz Festival | Peraza Jazz Festival | 1rst Medieval Bysantine Music Festival | Athens World Jazz Music Festival | Richmix | Vortex Jazz Club | Herodion | Athens Concert Hall | Berklee Performance Center | Mount Holyoke College | Argos Ancient Theatre | Thessaloniki Concert Hall |
Eric E. van Monckhoven