After touring Europe, Cypriot singer, composer and orchestrator Alkinoos Ioannides will come home to perform four summer concerts around the island.
The artist, who is now based in Greece, comes from an artistic family. His father is a painter and his brother is a poet. He went to Athens to study theatre and while there recoreded his first album called Stin Agora tou Kosmou in 1993. This demo tape was picked up by well-known singer Demetra Galani, who helped him get a recording deal. He now has 11 albums under his belt, including his 2006 album with Cypriot folk songs.
His latest album, entitled Mikri Valitsa (Small Suitcase) is dedicated to “both those forced to leave their homeland and those who feel their homeland has deserted them”. Drawing on inspiration and wanting to write about the situation in Cyprus and the current situation in Syria, Ioannides sings about the hardships refugees face.
Ioannidis, who is considered to be part of the alternative music scene, has shared the stage with a number of musical legends in Greece, including Eleftheria Arvanitaki. His lyrics also speak about current events and with his music, he is never very far from home.
Live performance by the singer. June 12. Pattichion Municipal Amphitheatre, Larnaca. 9pm. €20/25. Tel: 24-816555