Born: May 11, 1976
Greek oudist, pianist and composer Alekos Vretos has been merging jazz, Arabic, Greek and Latin music in a masterful blend of sounds from traditional instruments, such as the oud or the nay, vs. modern ones. As a band leader, Alekos has developed a unique atmoshere for his music: keeping traditional sound in the front line, he expands it through jazz improvisation and exploding rhythmic development.
“Mergin’”, his first personal album released in 2009 � following “Yunan” with The Meliti Ensemble in 2004 � was welcomed by audience and critics. A bold and tasteful blend of jazz and Arabic improvisation, “Mergin’” takes oud playing to unexpected territories. A heavy jazz taste and a fine traditional Arabic scent emerges from the stimulating matching with musicians such as Bassam Saba and Takis Paterelis on this live � like recorded album. “Mergin’” was launched by Jadeo Music, an indie record and management company Alekos founded in Athens, featuring world, jazz and classical music and fellow artists. In 2013 Alekos was voted one from 100 of the most influential persons in the Greek music scene by the Athens Voice newspaper....
AwardsAward for “Outstanding Musicianship” of the Berklee College Music and the Phillipos Nakas scholarship for the year 1995. Award for community service in the city of Boston (Piano teaching for unprivileged children) 1997. Argolis State Award for Music for his album “Yunan”. 2005
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