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Michalis Tzouganakis

Michalis Tzouganakis

Michalis Tzouganakis


Μιχάλης Τζουγανάκης is a lute (laouto) player from Crete. He has brought about important changes to the cretan traditional song, not only with his interpretation of songs but also with the contemporary sounds he added, without distorting the traditional element. Michalis Tzouganakis was born in Bergen, a town in Belgium, in an old immigrant district. Grew up amongst people and children of many different backgrounds (Turks, Greeks Read more on Last.fm
Μιχάλης Τζουγανάκης is a lute (laouto) player from Crete. He has brought about important changes to the cretan traditional song, not only with his interpretation of songs but also with the contemporary sounds he added, without distorting the traditional element. Michalis Tzouganakis was born in Bergen, a town in Belgium, in an old immigrant district. Grew up amongst people and children of many different backgrounds (Turks, Greeks, Moroccans, Poles, Egyptians, Italians), which has been of great influence on the forming of his person, and of his musicianship. It is said he first picked up a lute (his brother's) at the age of two, and started performing at four. The Tzouganakis family returned to Chania, Crete when Michalis was nine years old.

Before he is fourteen, he has become greatly involved in the music scene of the city, playing, performing and recording with important local musicians Giannis Sergakis and Vangelis Zacharioudakis. At fourteen Michalis meets the great cretan lyre (lyra) player Leonidas Klados, and is invited to work with him. For the duration of five years they work together: Klados composes the music and Michalis writes the lyrics to the music, which they record, and they perform throughout Crete and in Athens. Another great lyre player, Kostas Mountakis, dicovers Michalis Tzouganakis' talent and invites him to perform with him in Toronto and Montreal.

In 1990 they record together at the University of Crete, with became Mountakis' last recordings. In 1993 Michalis Tzouganakis released his first solo album, 'Achtides' (Beams), which includes his famous song 'Pali Pali' (Again and Again). From 1997 on he cooperated with Nikos Mamagkakis on a few recordings (including 'Ta Tragoudia Tis Palias Polis' (Songs of the Old Town), based on the works of late Rethymnian poet Giorgos Kalomenopoulos), and arrangements of Mamagkakis' compositions. Participations with other musicians include Mikis Theodorakis, Eugenios Spatharis and Panagiotis Lalezas. Read more on Last.fm.

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