Borrowed Shoes

Living far from Nature and its flabbergasting wholeness and simplicity, in a city built out of all proportion and unavoidably lonely, succumbing to frenzied rhythms and “cheap” behaviors, which goes dumb by its own noise, a strong need was created for me to reach out. And go wherever this takes me.

A need to reconcile my inner world with everyday reality.

To travel through songs and sorrows along with people that are close to me but also with strangers. A need to re-live with no hesitation, my past years, those which have already grown old and dream of those to come, the ones which are new and thus youthful.

And as words have become too narrow and overused, I have no choice but to stay silent and sing. And share. My joys and my sorrows. My memories, the existence of friends, the losses. My wishes and my weaknesses. My journeys. And all this beauty and vanity that the passing of time brings. And as a “wise man” taught me, to celebrate.

It is thus that “Borrowed shoes” came to being. The songs are mostly Greek, from very old times to this day, songs we have all more or less murmured. Naked songs. Only the words and their melody.

There are also some small excerpts from texts by Hatzidakis, Elytis, Leivaditis, Peresiadis, Palamas et al., used as a means of introductions to the songs.

And although Solo is good, but nowhere near as good as Togetherness, when the mood and the occasion are auspicious, companionship thrives.

Thus, there have been fellow travelers of the “Borrowed Shoes” up to now such as Olga Laskaratou, Phoibos Delivorias, Nikos Ksidakis, Apostolos Rizos, Matoula Zamani, Maria Papageorgiou, Alexandros Emmanouilidis, Fotis Siotas, Sofia Efkleidou, Ilektra Miliadou, Panos Lambropoulos, Pavlos Spiropoulos, Pavlos Melas, Spiros Bolovinis and Yiannis Andrianakis.

Photo Credit: Tania Palaiologou

THANKS

A very warm thanks to:

Artspace KET (Television Control Center)
Radiofono.gr
Lilly Athanatou
Kiriaki Ailianou
Vasilis Alexakis
Giorgow Antzoulatos
Eliza Vellia
Eleni Vergeti
Mino Voutsino
Gaby Gavriilidi
Michalis Gelasakis
Aris Gertsos
Sozita Goudouna
Nikos Graikos
Lilly Eftaxopoulou
Sozon Iriotis
Nurmala Easty
Thodoris Thanos
Christos Theodorou
Dionisis Theotokatos
Zambia Kazana
Alexia Karthagiou
Giorgos Kartalos
Vasia Kafritsa
Eleni Kokkidou
Elita Kounadi
Efi Koufopoulou
Kiriakos Konstantopaidos
Mata Lambropoulou
Panos Lambropoulos
Sofia Lambropoulou
Thanasis Laskaratos
Eirini Limtsiouli
Reggina Mandilari
Pavlos Melas
Giota Militsi
Margarita Mitilinaiou
Polina Bana
Dimitris Baslam
Aris Balafoukas
Panagiotis Begiazis
Sotiris Bekas
Spiros Bolovinis
Nikos Bosinakos
Xanthoula Dakovanou
Dimitris Daskas
Eleni Ouzounidou
Antonis Papavomvolakis
Christos Papamichalis
Akis Papastavridis
Foteini Papachistopoulou
Petros Paraschis
Kostas Parissis
Giota Peklari
Haris Pechlivanidis
Tatiana Pitta
Sideri Printezi
Roza Prodromou
Manos Saviolakis
Stella Serefoglou
Anthi Spiliopoulou
Stefanos Spiliopoulos
Dina Stefanou
Stavros Simeonidis
Dimitris Sotiriou
Dimitris Tzanis
Lina Tziata
Yiannis Tourlidis
Angelos Triantafillou
Maria Tsavari
Pantelis Frantzis
Katerina Fotinaki
Stella Fotopoulou
Antigoni Chalabardaki
Ntinos Chatzopoulos
Yiannis Chrisogonou
Antonis Psarras
Soundslike Studio
My family:

Kostas
Koula
Iro
My acquired family:

Kika Georgiou
Yiannis Kalavrianos
Christos Chanios
Tania Palaiologou – Michalis Koilakos
Agoritsa Oikonomou – Nontas Bouboulis
Athina Tsiknia – Zaharias Paftinos
Petros Gkertsos
Stelios Iakovidis
Giorgos Glastras
Marietta Spiliopoulou
Ignatios Simeonidis
And of course those who have participated in the performance up to now:

Olga Laskaratou
Foivos Delivorias
Nikos Xidakis
Apostolos Rizos
Matoula Zamani
Maria Papageorgiou
Alexandros Emmanouilidis
Fotis Siotas
Sofia Efkleidou
Panos Lambropoulos
Ilektra Miliadou
Pavlos Spiropoulos
Pavlos Melas
Spiros Bolovinis
Yiannis Andrianakis

and especially,
Dimitris Alexakis
Fotini Banou
and Marili Zarkou