Friday, 27 February 2009

Greece: Thanos Mikroutsikos

Thanos Mikroutsikos
in one of his songs
inspired by the poesy of Nikos Kavvadias
Lyrics by Alkis Alkaios

Thanos Mikroutsikos is a mathematician and one of the leading composers of popular and classical music in Greece. He blends a lot of musical traditions in his work, from popular to electronic. He has composed a lot of songs based on poems by Greek and foreign poets, such as Euripides, Aristophanes, Constantine P. Cavafy, Giorgos Seferis, Yannis Ritsos, Odysseas Elytis and Nikos Kavvadias as well as Bertolt Brecht, Nazim Hikmet, Wolf Biermann and Maurice Maeterlinck. He has also written operas, symphonic music, chamber music and music for the theatre and cinema.

He has been involved in Greece's political life and has been Alternate-Minister of Culture and after Melina's Mercouri death, he took her post as was Minister of Culture.

His brother is the popular TV host and musician Andreas Mikroutsikos.

Thanos Mikroutsikos with Manos Hatzidakis

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