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Flamenco Live at Ioannina

by Ioannis Anastassakis

Solo Flamenco guitar, masterfully played with passion and fire, ranging from traditional to contemporary. A live recording that is evocative, melodic and passionate.
Genre: World: Flamenco
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Soleares
4:03 $0.99
2. Farucca (in the Style of Sabicas)
4:15 $0.99
3. Seguiryias
4:18 $0.99
4. Tarantos
5:21 $0.99
5. Alegrias in E Minor
6:11 $0.99
6. Sevillanas (in the Style of Juan Serrano)
3:15 $0.99
7. Veridiana (rumba)
4:02 $0.99
8. Maestro Serrano (tangos)
4:04 $0.99
9. Angelika (granadina)
5:28 $0.99
10. Dos Hermanos (bulerias)
5:43 $0.99
11. Malaguena De Lecuona
5:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Virtuoso Flamenco guitar player from Greece. Student of master Juan Serrano, Manolo Sanlucar, Manolo Franco & PAco Serrano.

Ioannis started his musical studies on both the Flamenco & contemporary Electric guitar at the age of 12. He studied both styles privately, with numerous teachers and at the Contemporary Music program of the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece. He continued his studies at the American College of Greece, from where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1993. Subsequently, he relocated to Hollywood, CA and pursued extensive studies at the distinguished Musicians Institute, where he started working as an instructor after graduating at the top 1% of his class in 1996.

He was subsequently accepted for Graduate studies in Flamenco guitar under the tutelage of the great flamenco guitar master Juan Serrano at the California State University, where he completed an MA in Guitar Performance, with emphasis in Concert Flamenco Guitar, graduating Magna cum Laude. Currently, he is working towards a Doctorate in Education, with emphasis on Music.

In 1999, he acquired 1st place at the "California Guitar Panorama", an international contest of Classical and Flamenco guitar.

In 1999, he founded in collaboration with Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens the 1st Flamenco guitar department in Greece.

In 2000, he became the 1st guitarist ever to present a solo guitar recital at the Greek National Opera House.

On August 2000, his first solo CD, "Ioannis - Live at loannina", was released by and immediately entered the company's Top 10 chart in flamenco guitar music, eventually reaching the #1 place worldwide on October 2002.

In 2002, his 1st instructional book, titled "The Art of Rasgueado" was published by Mel Bay Publications.

His 2nd & 3rd Flamenco instructional books, titled "The Art of Tremolo" and "Flamenco Fuitar Studies, Vol.1" are currently in the process of being published by Mel Bay Publications.

Ioannis has presented over 300 Flamenco guitar recitals in Greece and the United States and has given lectures and seminars at several leading American colleges and Universities (University of Southern California, California State University Northridge, California State University Fresno, California State University Fullerton, Musicians Institute: Fresno City College, American College of Greece).

Ioannis has been featured more than a dozen times on American TV.

In Greece, he has lectured at the most prominent International Guitar Festivals (International guitar festival of Ermoupolis, International guitar festival of Volos, International guitar festival of Patras) and he has presented solo recitals in most of the major cities (Athens, Volos, Patra, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Samos, Ermoupoli, Halkida, Tripoli and more).

Ioannis is currently sponsored by La Bella Flamenco Guitar Strings.

At present, Ioannis is Professor of Music at the American College of Greece and presents numerous Flamenco seminars, masterclasses and recitals around Greece. He also instructs privately a large number of students, through his professional teaching studio. In addition, he is currently recording his second solo flamenco guitar CD, due out Summer 2005 and is preparing an extensive series of additional instructional materials for Mel Bay Publications.

For more information about Ioannis, email .

For an extended selection of audio clips, video files, book samples, latest news and much more,
visit the Ioannis Official Web site at



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Yannis Thomopoulos

What a gem!
I really enjoyed this CD. The playing is top-notch and there is a fair selection of different flamenco forms and styles included. Interestingly, the recording starts very traditionally and, as time goes by, both the compositions and the playing become more modern! The CD is packaged in a beautiful digipack, full of colour pics of the artist in different performance settings, and the included program notes are very informative. All in all, the packaging is by far better than virtually every other flamenco guitar CD I own (I have around 200 of them). I checked his WWW site at and he seems to be very serious & organized about his work.

PROS: Professional playing technique, great phrasing & excellent touch; Musically, I could not ask for anything more! Good selection of different flamenco styles. Very well designed packaging!

CONS: Well, the recording is not of “audiophile” quality, since it was recorded live. I would have also liked to see a video clip of the artist included in the CD…

Cole Larsen Bailey

Quite a surprise!
This is for sure one very serious piece of work…

Live Flamenco recordings of such artistic value are rare! When they come from a country that has no real precedent of the style they are to be highly regarded!

Ioannis Anastassakis is the only Greek guitar player I’ve heard and he is to be called a virtuoso. Great touch, excellent collection of flamenco variations and quite interesting flamenco Compositions…

Quite a pleasant surprise this one...
Not to be missed!

Vahe Agopian

Highly recommend it.
Beautiful music. Very nice and relaxing arrangement.

Alain Boudreau

Absolutely a pleasure to listen to. One guitar, one stage, one perfect performance.