Kontrabando is a group of musicians experimenting with the colours of music and expressing themselves through the use of various instruments both from eastern and western music fields. Formed in 1999, and based in Kavala, Greece, “K” is the musical vehicle of master kanun player and composer Alkis Zopoglou. A wide range of musical instruments have been introduced to the band (oud, lyre, double bass, keyboards, clarinet a.o.), serving the musical needs of the personal compositions.
The year 2003 saw the release of “K”’s first record: “Cargo” that came out through Greece’s most prestigious independent label, Libra Music (www.libramusic.gr), and consisted of 13 tracks - an amalgam of eclectic easterness and experimenting westerness. The album also featured some of Greece’s most renowned soloists: Nikos Sidirokastritis (drums), Vangelis Karipis (percussion), Kostas Theodorou (double bass) and Giorgos Zachariou (clarinet). Raved by the critics as one of the year’s best, “Cargo” established “K” as one of the hottest names in the Greek music scene.
The band toured throughout Greece, and also performed in music festivals in Istanbul (Turkey), Ohrid (F.Y.R.O.M.), Nurnberg (Germany), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Bari (Italy), always getting the best of reviews.
2007 and the new Alkis Zopoglou & Kontrabando CD hit the stores late December. The CD is entitled “Elephant” and is consisted of 8 new instrumental compositions by Zopoglou and a dynamic cover version of the renowned greek popular song “Garsona” (penned by Panayiotis Tountas and made famous by the leading greek singer Haris Alexiou). Recordings took place in various studios throughout Greece from March to July 2007. The album was produced by Elephant Music Ltd. (being the newly found label’s first production) and is distributed throughout Greece by Music Post.
“Elephant” features the appearance of 18 musicians overall. Amongst them some of Greece’s most accomplished instrumentalists like Vangelis Karipis (percussion), Haig Yazdjian (oud), Dimitris Yiannopoulos (sax), Alexandros Ktistakis (drums), Pantelis Stoikos (trumpet), Vassilis Tzortzinis (lute) and many others.
For further details, as well as band news, tour info etc., visit www.alkiszopoglou.gr