George Kypreos Band
Original and modern Greek music, strongly influenced by Greek traditional, Gypsy and island music. Led by the virtuoso bouzouki and distinctively soulful voice of George Kypreos, and driven by the strong rhythmic grooves of Gypsy guitar, Syrian darbouka and a rocking English back-line.
The band compose and arrange their own songs, all of which are strongly influenced and inspired by Greek traditional (Laiko), Gypsy (Yiftiko) and island music (NisYotiko), but also by the band's diverse cultural and musical backgrounds, including more modern aspects which are sensitively integrated into their electric-acoustic sound.
George Kypreos – whose family come from the Greek Island of Kalymnos –was born and grew up in England. After discovering the bouzouki aged eight, he studied at the Athens School of Music and then honed his playing technique under the tuition of Maestro Petros Kalodoukas on Kalymnos. George has played with Andipas, Hadzithakina, Demis Roussos and has more recently composed and toured with the Max Pashm Band. George’s solo release Erotevmeni is on the CD The Beginners Guide to Greece, and his Horepsame Poli Psila is on the Athens Bar compilation.
The George Kypreos Band formed in 2008, taking up a monthly residency at the Brighton (UK) Taxim night. They now host the south-east of England's only live monthly Hellenic Night. Their début album is due for release later this year, and their latest track Thello Thello has already received airplay on Greek FM.
Reviews and Quotes
“The George Kypreos Band turned the basement of the Latest Music Bar into a taverna, aided and abetted by the most enthusiastic of audiences.. all to the sounds of maniacal bouzouki.” - Jim Milnes, (Latest 7 magazine)
“Bouzouki was played brilliantly... by George Kypreos” - Fi Exon (sillothlocal)
“Take note of the outstanding Bouzouki of George Kypreos” - Keith Wolzinger (wierdomusic.com)
“Time passes and I watch with amazement the bouzouki virtuoso playing of George Kypreos” - Dallimann (FRK Magazine)
“Highly talented singer and bouzouki player George Kypreos leads an exciting and authentic Greek band comprising top musicians who play with passion and sincerity. George’s skill and charisma coupled with the sensitivity of the band and a broad ranging repertoire ensure a combination of atmosphere and entertainment you never want to end. Superb!” - Sue Popper (Joogleberry Acts)
“George Kypreos, who I’ve met working with some very untraditional collaborators, certainly gives me what I want... Slinky snaking melodies from a nimble bouzouki, great tone, suave vocal with an undertone of ache. And a band that knows what century it is." - Steve Henwood (Bath Fringe)
“Guaranteed to warm the feet and the soul” - Chris Macmeikan (Continental Drifts)