Tuesday 25 August 2020
Enjoy selected online concerts that took place as part of the #snfccAtHome series of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). On Tuesday 25/08 at 21.00, the concert of Vassilikos, which took place on July 02 at the SNFCC Dome, will be screened at the Stavros Niarchos Park's Great Lawn.
Along with Alexandros Livitsanos on orchestrations, and with the participation of the Ventus Ensemble, Vassilikos brought “Collage” to the SNFCC stage, a musical review of his career, with different versions of his best moments: from selected songs from his early days with Raining Pleasure and covers from his Vintage album, all the way to his latest personal record Amazing Grey, which was established as one of the best releases of 2019. Always open to new challenges, Vassilikos did not hesitate, during the course of his musical career, to cover songs by Vasilis Tsitsanis on Sunday Cloudy Sunday, and collaborate with big names such as Dimitra Galani.
In his latest gamble, live at the Dome, Vassilikos trusted the orchestrations of his songs to a third party for the very first time. The renowned composer, pianist and orchestrator Alexandros Livitsanos created new versions of Vassilikos’ songs, based on the wind instruments of the Ventus Ensemble, in an ever-flowing musical performance. Seeking “a place where we’re all beautiful and all we have is all we need,” as Vassilikos sings on “Amazing Grey”.
Vassilikos, along with Raining Pleasure, wrote a part of the history of indie rock on the domestic, English-speaking music scene, from 1996 and for almost a decade since, creating the band’s individual and distinctive sound. In 2004, their version of Manos Hadjidakis’ classic “Reflections” proved their unique ability to strike a balance between lyricism and rock energy. Never rushing his next steps, Vassilikos went on to create an eclectic personal discography, sometimes as a charismatic crooner on albums such as his covers’ anthology Vintage, and sometimes in personal narrations of songs, as in his recent, experiential Amazing Grey.
The members of Ventus Ensemble, sharing as a common point of reference the music for woodwind and brass instruments, have already made an impression with their distinct sound and their carefully chosen performances in big music stages in Greece and other countries. Their individual approach to music makes them one of the most important wind instrument groups in Greece and abroad.
The #snfccAtHome: music series, where beloved Greek artists performed concerts which were broadcasted live from emblematic locations within the SNFCC, without an audience, hosted major performers from across the range of musical genres, such as Dimitra Galani, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Natassa Bofiliou, Pavlos Pavlidis, Savina Yannatou, Dimitris Kamarotos, Katerine Duska & Leon of Athens, Stavros Lantsias, Theodore, Νalyssa Green, K.Bhta, and Dionysis Savvopoulos.
The #snfccAtHome: music series, and the SNFCC digital program in its entirety, was realized thanks to a program support grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).