Photos by @Kostas Stamoulis
Psarantonis, (Antonis Xylouris), composer, singer and performer of lyra, the emblematic bowed string instrument of Crete, is one of the greatest representatives of Cretan music.
With the unbeatable boldness in improvisation, he manages to create the atmosphere of awe and shivering, like the great jazz musicians. Deep connoisseur and devotee to tradition but also undisciplined by his nature and restless, always surprising, Psarantonis today is considered as the dashing innovator of tradition – a living essence of primitive and modern musical narratives.
By 1980 he had been discovered abroad and was invited to most important music festivals around the world. Among others, in 1982 he was awarded the 1st Prize from the WDR Folkfestival in Cologne, he performed in Berlin, at the festivities for the 750 years from the founding of the city and at New York’s Town Hall for the 20 years of the World Music Institute. He was also invited twice at the “All Tomorrow’s Parties” festival, curated by Nick Cave and in 2013 he participated for New Year’s eve event in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Psarantonis’ lyra is now showcased at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2015 Psarantonis meets again Nick Cave in the creation of the original film score for “Loin des Hommes” by David Oelhoffen. The music for the film is written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
07.02.2017 at SO36
12.02.2016 at SO36, Berlin
30.10.2015 at Passionskirche
19.05.2015 at b-flat
14.05.2015 at Privatclub
19.04.2015 at Heimathafen
01.02.2015 at Bassy Club
10.12.2014 at Bassy Club
04.11.2014 at SO36
29.11.2014 at Marie Antoinette
08.10.2014 at Badehaus Szimpla Musiksalon
16.09.2014 at Roter Salon / Volksbuehne
09.07.2014 at White Trash Fast Food
20.03.14 at SO36
21.02.2014 at Kesselhaus, Kulturbrauerei
19.12.2013 at Supamolly
25.10.2012 at SO36
28 & 29.10.2012 at b-flat
24.04.2013 at the Passionskirche
7.11.2013 at Bi Nuu
12.10.2013 at SO36