mihalis kalkanis

FEW WORDS

For a year, the musician recorded the sounds of immigrants praying in overt and concealed places around Athens.
The religious groups include Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians of various denominations and multiple ethnic origins (Ethiopian, Afghan, Pakistani, Senegalese, etc.). The project does not stop at the level of the field recording; instead the musician, as a local observer, embraces all these sounds with his personal musical comment, always with modesty and respect. It is a project that highlights the positive elements of the coexistence with all these ‘other’ people and at the same time reminds us of the value of the experiential use of music.

 

ARTIST NOTE

«This project was a revealing experience for me in so many ways.
I am excited to have met so many people from different countries and religious beliefs and I am thankful for having visited so many different places, each one with its own special feeling, character, sounds, colors and smells—and all of them right next to our homes. Tassos Vrettos truly encouraged my idea to take that extra step and add to these field recordings my personal musical comment, always with a sense of modesty and respect for the original sounds. My hope is that this interaction between my sound and theirs comprises a representation of the positive elements of our coexistence with all these ‘other’ people.
It is a journey around the world, a journey within Athens!»
Mihalis Kalkanis

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BIO

Mihalis Kalkanis was born into a multicultural musical family tracing its roots back to Asia Minor and Northern Greece. He is the son of composer and pianist Giorgos Kalkanis and grandson of clarinet and saxophone player Mihalis Kalkanis who played in the band of prominent bouzouki soloist Manolis Chiotis.

Mihalis’s personal musical journey began with piano lessons by his father at the age of five while, four years later, he continued his classical music studies at the Athens Conservatory. At sixteen, he was captivated by the sound of the double bass and went on to study this instrument for seven years until he qualified for his diploma in classical performance. That same year he graduated from the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece) Department of Music Science and Art.

As a double bass performer he is a member of the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra and has engaged in many collaborations, in Greece and abroad, with artists such as: Tom Baxter, Liset Alea (Nouvelle Vague), Giannis Haroulis, Nikos Portokaloglou, Stavros Lantsias, Keep Shelly in Athens, etc.

As a musician and composer he takes special interest in projects demonstrating a social dimension and respect for tradition. His sonic world blends his classical music background with modern technology. His first album, Scarborough Tales, featuring a film score atmosphere, essentially constitutes his final project for his MRes in Creative Music Technology at the University of Hull (UK). In 2012 he recorded his live double bass improvisation, A Parking Lot Performance, staged in an underground parking garage of a deprived neighbourhood in Athens. The video was directed, shot and edited by Irish Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson.

Kalkanis’s 2015 album, World Echoes in Athens, is the musical outcome of a very particular project. The musician spent one year recording the sounds of groups of immigrants praying in overt or concealed places around Athens. The faithful included Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians of various denominations and multiple ethnic origins (Ethiopian, Afghan, Pakistani, Senegalese, etc.). The project did not stop at the level of the field recording; instead the musician, as a local observer, embraced all these sounds with his personal musical comment-annotation, always with modesty and respect. The album World Echoes in Athens formed the soundtrack of the photography exhibition Wor(th)ship. Tassos Vrettos staged at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece (20/11/2015 – 31/01/2016).

Discography

mihalis kalkanis
  • Mihalis New Project

    New video from our concert (six d.o.g.s 28.04.17)

Scarborough Tales

This is Mihalis’s first album and constitutes his final project for his MRes in Creative Music Technology at the University of Hull (UK). It has an atmospheric film score feel enriched with some elements of Greek traditional music.

This is Mihalis’s first album and constitutes his final project for his MRes in Creative Music Technology at the University of Hull (UK). It has an atmospheric film score feel enriched with some elements of Greek traditional music.

format: CD, Digital

release date: 2009

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Mia Riza

Beginning of May. 10 days in the southernmost place of Europe – a magical place surrounded by dunes, cedars, thyme and sea. There where by night you can have more dreams than in any other place in the world and yet wake up in the morning feeling lighter. There, under the shadows of the dunes, the roots themselves travel you so many years back, at a time when up to 8000 people lived in this land. A journey through the past … motivation towards the future, multiple roots … but really ‘one root’ (‘Mia Riza’ in Greek). All these thoughts echo through the sounds of a large lyre, the largest lyre in the world…

Beginning of May. 10 days in the southernmost place of Europe – a magical place surrounded by dunes, cedars, thyme and sea. There where by night you can have more dreams than in any other place in the world and yet wake up in the morning feeling lighter. There, under the shadows of the dunes, the roots themselves travel you so many years back, at a time when up to 8000 people lived in this land. A journey through the past … motivation towards the future, multiple roots … but really ‘one root’ (‘Mia Riza’ in Greek). All these thoughts echo through the sounds of a large lyre, the largest lyre in the world…

format: Digital

release date: 25 Jun. 2013

label: Erased Tapes

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A Parking Lot Performance

A Parking Lot Performance is a double bass improvisation recorded live in an underground parking garage of a deprived neighbourhood in Athens The video was directed, shot and edited by Irish Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson.

A Parking Lot Performance is a double bass improvisation recorded live in an underground parking garage of a deprived neighbourhood in Athens The video was directed, shot and edited by Irish Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson.

format: Digital

release date: 14 Nov. 2013

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Parking Lot (studio version)

This is the studio version of the “a parking lot performance” along with the generous contribution of some of the greatest Greek musicians.
Mike Kapilidis: drums
Stavros Lantsias: piano
Andreas Polyzogopoulos: trumpet
There is also a beautiful video of the recording session filmed and edited by Perikles Mathiellis.

This is the studio version of the “a parking lot performance” along with the generous contribution of some of the greatest Greek musicians.
Mike Kapilidis: drums
Stavros Lantsias: piano
Andreas Polyzogopoulos: trumpet
There is also a beautiful video of the recording session filmed and edited by Perikles Mathiellis.

format: Digital

release date: 17 Jan. 2014

iTunes

World Echoes In Athens

For a year, the musician recorded the sounds of immigrants praying in overt and concealed places around Athens. The religious groups include Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians of various denominations and multiple ethnic origins (Ethiopian, Afghan, Pakistani, Senegalese, etc.). The project does not stop at the level of the field recording; instead the musician, as a local observer, embraces all these sounds with his personal musical comment, always with modesty and respect. 

It is a project that highlights the positive elements of the coexistence with all these ‘other’ people and at the same time reminds us of the value of the experiential use of music.

For a year, the musician recorded the sounds of immigrants praying in overt and concealed places around Athens. The religious groups include Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians of various denominations and multiple ethnic origins (Ethiopian, Afghan, Pakistani, Senegalese, etc.). The project does not stop at the level of the field recording; instead the musician, as a local observer, embraces all these sounds with his personal musical comment, always with modesty and respect. 

It is a project that highlights the positive elements of the coexistence with all these ‘other’ people and at the same time reminds us of the value of the experiential use of music.

format: CD, Digital

release date: 19 Nov. 2015

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