Mixing Roots

ALKINOOS IOANNIDIS & YIORGOS KALOUDIS

Photos by @Kostas Stamoulis

Alkinoos Ioannidis is one of the most well loved Greek-Cypriot songwriters and performers. Since signing to Universal Music in 1993, his prolific output (12 solo albums and 40 collaborative releases) has only been matched by his touring schedule, which has included shows in major cities in Europe, the US and beyond. Standout performances include Madison Square Garden and The Lincoln Centre (NYC), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Berlin Philharmonie, The Acropolis Theatre (Athens) the ancient theatre at Epidaurus and the Glazunov Hall (St Petersburg).

Five years after his last album “Neroponti”, Alkinoos returns to discography with a new album called “Mikri Valitsa”, (“Little Suitcase”), extremely real and personal, with thirteen songs. In this “Little suitcase”, as he himself said, someone can only take the essentials. The title of the album is a reference both to the situation that his country is into, but also to his own personal and family situation, founding himself on the verge of leaving abroad, three times the last years. So the album is dedicated “to those who are forced to abandon their countries and those who are abandoned by them.”

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