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Yiannis Kapoulas

by Yiannis Kapoulas

The cover of Yiannis Kapoulas’ CD best illustrates his remarkable versatility and cleverly portrays the performer in a kaleidoscope of poses with each of the many exotic stringed instruments, from all over the world that he has mastered. Critics have already described Yiannis Kapoulas as “an immense musical talent and virtuoso, with fiery-finger work.” His reputation as a multi-instrumentalist, who seamlessly blends the diverse voices of modern and exotic string instruments, has already earned the charismatic performer 5 international awards and accolades for pieces featured on this CD.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sun In Your Eyes
4:32 $0.99
2. Olympia
4:09 $0.99
3. Matador's Guitar
3:58 $0.99
4. Oceanview
4:43 $0.99
5. Ambiguity
4:59 $0.99
6. Dance of the Sirens
4:13 $0.99
7. Lonely Strings
4:06 $0.99
8. Samba Funk
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9. Ipnos
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Album Notes
Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Yiannis Kapoulas is an artist that is impossible to define. He continues to break new ground with his infectious blend of ethno-fusion – a unique sound that runs the gamut of influences from Latin, Jazz, World, Classical and Funk. He tours extensively with a 6-piece ensemble comprised of top-talent from Toronto and Montreal; and plays a multitude of stringed instruments with agility, speed, precision and a passion that has been awing music fans at countless festivals across the Province.

A Hamilton native of Greek decent, Yiannis Kapoulas’ earliest memory of music is of the many hours he spent deconstructing a traditional Zeimbekiko melody and mapping it out as a mathematical pattern – it seemed to be a puzzle that simply needed to be unraveled. He was 4-years old at the time. Soon after, Yiannis came to discover the special connection he has with the music. Never having imagined doing anything other than making music, Yiannis has always approached music with a single-minded focus, an obsession to perfect his skill level to match the music he hears within and around him.

This musical drive was fostered in a thriving family of musicians. Yiannis’ paternal grand-father played the Mandolino and wrote songs right until his death at age 104. At age 5, Yiannis first took to the stage along side his father George, and elder bother Angelo. The Kapoulas’ band was a popular ensemble engaged for Greek weddings and festivals across the country. Many years later, George parlayed his ear for music and knack for word-working when, at Yiannis’ request, he went on to design and hand-craft a one-of-a-kind instrument that would optimize Yiannis’ unstoppable versatility and speed. Now identified as Yiannis’ signature instrument, the Ethno III is carved from spruce wood and features ebony inlays in both the neck and fret boards. The three distinct, exotic sounds afforded by the E-III emulate the lush and melodies tones of the Bouzouki, Saz, and Cumbus.

After high school, Yiannis set out on his own, leaving his home and family in Canada and moving to Greece. Night after night was spent honing his skills by performing for Greek audiences who refused to consider that this Canadian transplant could actually have a feel for their traditional music. Yiannis persevered and eventually came to the attention of Greece’s crème de la crème of music. A move to the country’s bustling capitol saw Yiannis quickly establish a reputation as a sought after session player, a reputation that lead to multiple opportunities to write and produce for high-profile artists. At the height of his career, Yiannis’ beloved mother Rosalia passed away. It was a traumatic event that changed the trajectory of not only his musical success but which continues to inspire everything Yiannis has written and recorded to date.

His compositions have already garnered international recognition. Competing against over 15,000 entries from every corner of the world, Yiannis won a series of international songwriting competitions. His list of accolades include:
 Olympia – Finalist, International Songwriting Competition – World Category - 2009
 Sun In Your Eyes - 2nd Place Winner, John Lennon Song Contest –Latin Category - 2008
 Sun in Your Eyes - Finalist, International Songwriting Competition – Instrumental Category - 2008
 Matador’s Guitar - 1st Place Winner, International Songwriting Competition – Instrumental Category - 2007
 Samba Funk - Semi-finalist, International Songwriting Competition – Instrumental Category -2006

Earlier this year the Toronto Independent Music Awards bestowed him the honour of being named the City’s “Best Live Acoustic” act. Yiannis recently took a break from his songwriting and studio work to stage a series of highly successful live performances at the Canadian National Exhibition, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival, Taste of the Danforth Street Festival, St. Catherine’s Folk Arts Festival, Corso Italia, The Ottawa Greek Festival, and the Irie Music Festival in Toronto. Music lovers can also get a sneak-preview at a series of intimate and acoustic performances being held now through October 9th at Indigo-Chapters across Southern, Ontario.

For more information please visit www.yianniskapoulas.com.



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