The guitarist Kostas Makrygiannakis collaborates with Louvana Records for the Greek musician's debut album. 'Fragments' includes, as its title suggests, short or longer works, all performed on a classical guitar and divided into three sections. These are compositions by Kostas Makrygiannakis, as well as reworks of pieces by composer François Couperin, all of which constitute a soundtrack - mosaic of narrative character, with clear references to pop music, as well as others from musical choreographies for which the musician composed music for. In 'Fragments', the listener can experience sounds that seem familiar to him or her. Τhe composer performs works that wink to Couperin, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, that sink into the intense pulse of the African-American tradition and have conversations with dancers as part of a performance show.
Makrygiannakis studied music at the Synchronon Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, with Stavros Sourgounis and at Trinity College of Music in London, with Nicola Hall and Colin Downs. He holds a guitar diploma and a master’s degree in music. Since 1997, he has performed in venues and festivals in Greece, UK, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Cyprus, Switzerland, Finland and the Czech Republic. His interests include chamber music, new music for guitar, historically based performance as well as pop music, conceptual music and composition. His collaborations include many distinguished musicians, dancers and actors. He has premiered many new works for solo guitar as well as for chamber ensembles, promoting contemporary music in Greece and abroad. He has broadcasted for EBU, BBC and ERT among other networks and has been involved in several album recordings. Fragments is his first album featuring his solo guitar music.
In 2005 - 2011 Kostas inspired and organised the Guitar Plus Festival, the only Greek festival entirely focused on chamber guitar music from the Renaissance to the present day. Since 2012 he is the artistic director of the Municipal Conservatoire of Thessaloniki. He is a founding member / artistic director of Music Village International Arts Community, (www.music-village.gr) one of the most important cultural societies in Greece, which brings together artists from all over the world in the context of performing, education and cultural cross-breeding.
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