Album "Simio"

Ilias Zoutsos’ first album entitled “Simio” (Point) was released by Antart Productions in December 2012.
Having Crete as a starting point -with Cretan lyra and lute in the central roles- and the music itself as a destination, this album combines musically the dark and the light. Ilias Zoutsos has composed the music in most songs and he has also written the lyrics in some of them. In the album, apart from arrangements in traditional songs, there is a song of Thanasis Papakonstantinou and a less known song of late Nikos Xylouris (Psaronikos), from the age of his early discography.
The orchestration and the production are made by Ilias Zoutsos and apart from himself who interprets on the Cretan lyra, the lute and the voice, in the album participate important musicians, along with: Giannis Xylouris, Ross Daly, George Xylouris (Psarogiorgis) and Maria Anamaterou. The production is a collaboration with Antart Productions and the drawings are made by the painter-sculptor George Hatzakis.
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Track list info:
1. Zoumbouli
Music: Ilias Zoutsos
Lyrics: Ilias Zoutsos
Interpretation: Ilias Zoutsos
2. Kontilies
Music: Ilias Zoutsos
Lyrics: a) Giorgis Stavrakakis (Mihalompas), b) Giorgis Aerakis (Aerogiorgis), c,e) Traditional, d) Aristeidis Chairetis (Gialaftis), f) Nikos Katsoprinis
Interpretation: Ilias Zoutsos
3. O horismos ki o thanatos
Music: Ilias Zoutsos
Lyrics: a) Unknown and Traditional, b) Giannis Aerakis (Pologiannis) and Traditional
Arrangement: Ilias Zoutsos
Interpretation: Giorgis Xylouris (Psarogiorgis)
4. Nostalgia
Music: Ilias Zoutsos
5. Avdelianos Sirtos
Music: Ilias Zoutsos
Lyrics: Ilias Zoutsos
Interpretation: Ilias Zoutsos
6. Fora ta mavra fora ta
Music: Kostas Karipis
Lyrics: Giorgos Petropouleas
Arrangement: Ilias Zoutsos
Interpretation: Ilias Zoutsos
7. Thalassa
Music: Traditional
Lyrics: a, b) Traditional, c) Stefanis Samaritakis
Arrangement: Ilias Zoutsos
Interpretation (in the order they are heard): Alexis Alevizakis, Ilias Zoutsos, Stefanis Samaritakis
8. Aeriko
Music: Thanasis Papakonstantinou
Lyrics: Thanasis Papakonstantinou
Arrangement: Ilias Zoutsos
Interpretation: Ilias Zoutsos
9. H Foresia
Music: Ilias Zoutsos
Lyrics: Katerina Fragiadaki
Interpretation: Maria Anamaterou
10. Ane mporeso sti zoi
Music: Nikos Xylouris (Psaronikos)
Lyrics: Nikos Xylouris (Psaronikos)
Interpretation: Ilias Zoutsos
11. To Skotadi
Music: Ilias Zoutsos
Lyrics: a) Alexandros Loukakis, b) Ilias Zoutsos
Interpretation: Ilias Zoutsos
Ilias Zoutsos: Cretan lyra on 1, 2, 5, 7, 9 and 10, Lyra with sympathetic strings on 8, Cretan lute on 3, 4, 6, 9 and 11, Vocals on 11
Giannis Xylouris (Psarogiannis): Cretan lute on 10
Ross Daly: Saz on 6
Mihalis Kalkanis: Double bass on 4, 8 και 11
Labis Kountourogiannis: Electric guitar on 4
Nikos Mermigkas: Lavta on 4 and 10
Nikos Paraoulakis: Ney on 3 and 9
Giannis Papatzanis: Percussion on 2, 3, 7, 9 and 11
Panos Katsikiotis (Tsiko): Percussion on 4
Alexis Alevizakis: Cretan lute on 1, 5, 7 and 8
Stefanis Samaritakis: Mandolin on 1, 5 and 8, Mandola on 7
Orchestration: Ilias Zoutsos
Recording: Yiannis Paxevanis (Subway Studio) [The voice of Giorgis Xylouris (Psarogiorgis) was recorded from Michalis Mpoutsakis at Studio Echotropio]
Mix: Yiannis Paxevanis - Ilias Zoutsos (Subway Studio)
Mastering: Yiannis Paxevanis - Vangelis Sapounas (Subway Studio)
Production: Ilias Zoutsos - Antart Productions
Production curation: Ilias Zoutsos