The Cypriot Alkinoos Ioannidis is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in Greece. A modern troubadour with strong and rocky pieces, balanced by hauntingly beautiful ballads, he never compromised for commercial success. Nevertheless (or perhaps: because of that), all of his 6 solo albums he has released with Universal since 1993 went gold or platinum and each year his over 60 live concerts throughout Greece and Cyprus fill stadiums with thousands of fans.
Coming from the island that lies at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, Alkinoos Ioannidis, just as all Cypriots, has been formed by a culture that combines traces of Asia Minor, the Ottoman and British Empires, Venetians and Francs, Richard Lionheart, to call some of those who once shed their influence on the island. Imagine the picture of a Turk riding on a camel, while a white-powdered, wigged Franc passes in a horse carriage at a time this was a normal sight in Cyprus.
His music henceforth resembles this background: at first sight it represents the modern day experience of his own generation that has grown up listening to western rock, jazz and classical music, but at the same time it is penetrated by the modal scales of Cypriot traditional music and it's predecessors, as well as Greek Rembetika and the so-called "entechno" (artful) music by contemporary Greek composers. Thus to a non-Greek audience his music seems both familiar and accessible, while at the same time it has a fresh and exotic appeal.
Recently he has performed at Stimmen Festival (2006), Germany, Rudolstadt Tanz und Folk Festival (2007), Germany and at the Musicas do Mar Festival in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal (2007).