Born in Athens in 1974, Sokratis Sinopoulos studied Byzantine music and classical guitar as a child, and began playing lyra and lute in 1988, under the instruction of Ross Daly; within a year he was a member of his mentor’s group, Labyrinthos. He has since recorded and performed with composers, musicians and singers from Greece and abroad in various genres, from folk music to jazz, participating in countless concerts and recordings all around the world. In 1999 he was honored with the Melina Mercouri national award for young artists. He made his name in the jazz world thanks to the ECM recordings of Charles Lloyd, Maria Farantouri and Eleni Karaindrou. In 2011 he created Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet. The debut album of the quartet entitled “Eight Winds” (2015), was produced by Manfred Eicher for ECM records and received excellent reviews globally. Four years after the critically lauded debut, the Athens-based Sokratis Sinopolous Quartet returns with their new album “Metamodal” (2019, ECM). A unique band, the quartet subtly sifts a vast pool of influence, its music informed by the players’ experience of folk forms, Byzantine and classical music, and many modes of improvising, including jazz. With “Metamodal”, recorded at Sierra Studios in Athens and produced again by Manfred Eicher, the group as a whole has made giant steps since its debut.
18 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 20:00 MOB, 20:00