Alekos K. Vretos

Primary Instrument: Oud

Born: May 11, 1976    

Alekos K. Vretos

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....
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Award 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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“North-South and Eastern-Western winds that merges, in a drifting way, genres, modes, conditions, cultures, expressions and feelings…. A crossroads CD that was missing from the music, a link of a chain of new style that completed a void in music.” ....

Kornilios Diamantopoulos, JAZZ & JAZZ (February 2010)....

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“Unique in its kind”....

Kornilios Diamantopoulos, JAZZ & JAZZ (February 2010)....

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“Mergin’ is as beautiful as the freedom of the musicians that recorded their passion”....

Yiannis Panagopoulos, ETHNOS OUT (20th January 2010) ....

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“Jazz music as played by Vretos belongs only to him”....

ETHNOS OUT (18th February 2010)....

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“An overall interesting and pleasant debut from a very promising musician” ....

Yiannis Stefanakos, JAZZIN’ (March 2010)....


“Drifting musical winds carry you away on melodic journeys. You can feel the salt of the Mediterranean sea, the aroma of the Arabic seas and the wet air of the Caribbean”.....

NAUTEMPORIKI (18th March 2010) ....

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“Mergin’ is an excellent musical journey, a reason for one to smile”....

Sotiris Mpekas, DIFONO (17th February 2010)....


CD reviews fro “YUNAN”

‘E’ 01-05-2005 Meta....Mousikis......... by G. Christodoulopoulos

A caravan of western-trained greek musicians, explores in detail the artistic tradition of the middle-east, guided by the outstanding oud soloist, student of Master Simon Shaheen, Alekos K. Vretos. Great collaboration of Nikos and Yiasemi Saragouda.

Athinorama 2005

cd reviews by........A.Zilos

With similar artistic sensitivity musicians as G. Konstantinidis & D. Theologitis (violin), B. Karahoutis(bass), D. Emmanouil(perc), N. Saragoudas (oud), A. Skandalos(qanun) and others, Alekos K. Vretos(oud) & P. Papadopoulos(violin) let the greek soul to share its history with the arabic one.

Sunday Ethnos out 12-18 December 2004

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Greek.......Caravan in the middle-east

A musical bridge between east and west is formed by this interesting CD release. Exactly like Greece is the cross road between east and west, the same applies to the pieces of this album as they are distinguished by the harmonic co-existence of elements from the eastern and western “palette”.

Ta Nea weekend 4-5 December 2004

With an Eastern Sent.......... by H. Pontida

Independent production by six outstanding musicians- Meliti ensemble - that gives a flavor of the interaction of the Arabic and Greek musical tradition.

Apofasi 23-12- 2004 what to hear and not during the Christmas holidays by..........C. Siafkos

Young and effective with an inspiration in ways that combine east and west, are the members of the “Meliti ensemble”. they come with the album “Yunan” with a new music proposition.

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