The great Epirus clarinet player Dimitris Rizos (who happens to be my father in law) had been suggesting for a while to me to record some instrumentals with him. This summer, after the lockdown in spring, we got together and recorded a first track with me on the Laouto. The music from Epirus is somewhat different from the rest of Greece and I really came to love this style. First of all for the unique polyphonic voices, but also for the special musical color and melodies. We will do more songs like this, with the aim of recording an album. Here is a video of the first track, ‘Up high on the Kostilata (mountain). For the sonic sherlocks among you, no we did indeed not record and film this at the same time, there is too much wind and no electricity out there – we recorded inside a house close to this location and then went outside and played along with the recording blaring on the car radio while someone was filming.
PINDOS MUSIC**** specialises in creating / producing atmospheric music, featuring unique acoustical instruments and a signature sound.
–Performing and recording instrumental parts on existing songs with a wide variety of unique instruments*
–Arranging, producing and spicing up existing songs
–Composing and producing soundtracks for film or documentary
–Location** recording of bands in World / Jazz / alt pop styles with hi-end microphones and preamps
–Mixing and mastering*** of existing recordings, using a setup of hi-end analogue equipment
*Styles include Tango, Musette, Balkan, Country, Swing, Blues, Brazilian, Greek, Jazz, alt pop and my own unorthodox mixture of these various influences
Instruments include the Claude Viol, Banjo Bass, Bike Tyre Bass, Velofoon, a National Resophonics ‘El Trovador’, Kim Lissarague baritone guitar, Luca Waldner Torres style Spanish guitar, a Vintage ‘Bruno’ parlour steelstring, a small handmade Syrian Ud, a fine Greek Laouto, and whatever sounds I find in and around the house to turn into samples or loops
**looking for a location? we know several great locations throughout Europe. More soon on one of our favourite locations in the Greek Mountains!
***mastering is done by an associate specialised mastering engineer
****Pindos Music is the brand name of recording artist Michiel Hollanders (NL/FR/GR)
*****Since it gets tricky to count the asterisks, it is fortunate that we have run out of footnotes on this page
Like most people in the music world, we were hit hard by the Covid 19 situation. Several plans got put on hold. But we have not been idle – some great things have been brewing during the last few months. I have mixed the live show we did with Zulya Kamalova in the Kamal Theatre in Kazan december 2019. The good people at Yummy Music in Kazan are now working on the video editing, and most of the show will be released online later this year. Next, an international project with Snowapple, which was supposed to be recorded in Northern California, is now in the works completely via the internet. This project features fantastic arrangements by the great horn player Gregg Moore. Moore on this soon (sorry couldn’t keep myself)
Also, for those in the know, since we made an album as Kranides with lyricist and novelist Yiannis Kalpouzos (released early 2017 on Snail Records), Marifenia and me have been a bit quiet as far as music goes. This is about to change, as we have started a new project during the lockdown, with working title MUFU. This is not going to be as much ethnic / worldmusic but rather an attempt at blending regional music from Epirus with a number of modern influences which we both have a great passion for. Since it is going to be very different from Kranides, we will probably not release it under the name Kranides. Stay tuned!
In the middle of the pandemic, I got a call from Laurien from Snowapple. She wanted to make a creative track, in French, with a bunch of musicians who were each of them locked in their houses, via the internet – and asked me to put it all together. She was going to get creative with a camera and final cut pro in her own house, and make her first ever videoclip. Well, with these kind of challenges, of course I was up for it 🙂
Musicians who played on this are:
Laurien Schreuder, song, vocals and video – Amsterdam
Nora Tinholt – vocals and video – Amsterdam
Allan ‘Gunga’ Purves, percussian and sounds – Scotland (but he lives in Amsterdam)
Osito ‘Morro’ Von Ropi, flute – Mexico (but resides in Utrecht, Holland these days)
Matteo Cerboncini, electric guitar – Italy (but.. found his love in Finland and lives over there)
Kasper Stern, bass – Amsterdam
Cynthia Martinez, mental support – Mexico City
And myself on some acoustic guitars, claude viol and synth sounds. Mixed @ Pindos Music and mastered by Zlaya @ Loud in Barcelona, Spain. Vocals, bass and percussion were recorded by Joeri Saal at the amazing *amazing* studio 150 in Amsterdam
Listen here to a selection of tracks which I have worked on either as a musician, engineer, arranger, composer, co-producer or a combination. Clicking on the words ‘view track’ next to each track, will take you to SoundCloud where you can read more info about the track, and follow links to the websites of the artists.