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About: Thanos Stavridis photo session for his new cd "Spicy Margarita"
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About: Thanos and his accordions
Photo by: Thanos Stavridis
About: Tales from the Box - Ciel
Thanos Stavridis

Thanos Stavridis is one of the most recognized accordion players, with collaborations both in performances and discography, with some of the greatest and most famous singers, as well as composers and musicians, both in Greece and in the Balkans.

Indicatively mentioned are: Evanthia Reboutsika, Alkistis Protopsalti, Socratis Malamas, Thanasis Papakonstantinou, Elli Paspala, Panagiotis Kalantzopoulos, Matoula Zamani, Makis Seviloglou, Estudiantina, Gerasimos Andreatos, Theodosii Spassov (BG), Petar Ralchev (BG), Vlatko Stefanovski (NMK), Saso Popovski (NMK), Vasko Atanasovski (SLO), Angel Demirev (BG), Nebojsa Sejdic (SRB), Boban Mirkovski (NMK), Costas Theodorou, Floros Floridis, and many others.

He is also one of the pioneers of the Greek Balkan scene, having been a founding member of historical groups, such as "Northern Partners," "Cabaret Balkan," and now "Drom" and "Tales from the Box."

He has participated in over 100 recordings of albums both as a soloist and as an orchestrator. His two personal albums, "A Suitcase Full of Dreams" (2016) and "Spicy Margarita" (2021), have received distinctions and very good reviews both at home and abroad, having airplay on radio stations in Australia, Argentina, and throughout Europe. "A Suitcase Full of Dreams" has been voted one of the 10 best world music records on Barcelona's Rutes del So station and was nominated in the "world music" category by the German Critics Association. Respectively, "Spicy Margarita" has been voted in the 20 best albums by the World Music Charts Europe for March 2021, having come out at No. 129 for the whole year among about 900 records from all over the world, and also ranked at 3rd place in the category “Best World Music Album” on the UK’s 9th Annual OWMR Awards.

His research-musicological activity is on the folk music of the Balkans. Since 2000, he has made presentations at seminars and workshops both in Greece and abroad, while he has written relevant articles participating in various publications, most recently his participation in the volume "Issues of Instruction of Musical Instruments: Bridging Theory and Practice" (ed. DISIGMA). For the last 14 years, he has been teaching at the Department of Music Studies of the University of Ioannina (former Department of Folk and Traditional Music of the TEI of Arta).

New York-based Times Square Press “Accordion Stars Illustrated” lists him among the world's 100 best-known accordionists from 2019 until today.

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