Throwback, when in New York “On their own words…” 5 miniatures for Vibraphone and Soprano Composer – ALEXIS LEONIDOU (2011) Alexis Lontos Leondiou had the chance to have two GREAT performers for this performance playing his music compositions!! Soprano – Sofia Dimitrova Percussionist – Yuliya Cherepanova Based on words, quotes, thoughts from 5 Greek Musicians from their interviews, diaries, score sketches etc. • Manos Hadjidakis (From his interviews archives) • Nikolas Economou (From his Diary Sketches on 1.3.1998) • Mikis Theodorakis (From his website public address, Athens 12.7.2008) • Mimis Plessas ( From a Quote he stated on his New York Concert on 2009) • Dimitris Mitropoulos (From an interview regarding his conducting skills) ———————————————————————————————————— Manos Hadjidakis: From one of his T.V interview appearances. “…..A real song includes a game… A game of art,technique and experiences… Without those three aspects you can’t have a song…” ———————————————————————————————————— Nicolas Economou: Based on his diary sketches. 3.1.1988 ”….You died….you are so stupid… Stupid because you got the idea that you could not live Because you could not fulfill your dream You sacrificed yourself for a folly….” ———————————————————————————————————— Mikis Theodorakis: Based on a public address of his, regarding the Riots. Athens 7.12.2008 ”….Stop now this dirty and dangerous game, with hooded men And the forces of law and order MAT… Which can only bring our people Blood, tears and destruction… All this gives the impression that we want to blind our own eyes The time has come for the people to speak out….” ———————————————————————————————————— Mimis Plessas: Based on a quote he stated on one of his concerts in Queens U.S.A, 2009 ”…I wish to die young…..but as late in life as possible…” ———————————————————————————————————— Dimitris Mitropoulos: Based on one of his quotes from an interview, regarding his conducting skills. “…I never use a score when conducting my orchestra… Does a lion tamer enter a cage with a book on how to tame a lion?” ———————————————————————————————————— These words by those great Greek musicians showcase, not only the wealth of the Greek language, but also Greek excellence and music creation. Alexis Lontos pieced together those works, giving breath to these words through music. Subscribe to Alexis Lontos Leonidou’s YouTube Channel, turn on the notifications and stay tuned for more amazing content and inspiring musical compositions. #alexislontos #alexislontosleonidou #alexisleonidou

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Alexis Lontos Leonidou

Alexis Lontos Leonidou

Alexis Lontos Leonidou is a producer, composer, songwriter and singer. Having grown up in a family where arts in general played a significant role, it was inevitable for Alexis not to show great interest in music and arts from a very young age. Upon completing his high school education, he enrolled in the National Conservatory of Athens in Greece. He graduated in 2007 receiving a Diploma with Excellence in Harmony and Counterpoint, while also acquiring a Diploma with Excellence in Voice from the Music Horizon Conservatory of Athens. In addition, Alexis holds a Diploma from the London College of Music at Thames Valley in Music Theory and Literacy (LMusLCM). Subsequently, he moved to New York City to study as an undergraduate student at the renowned Mannes College for Music pursuing a degree in Classical Composition. At the same time, Alexis Leonidou also studied Orchestral Conducting at the evening division of the Juilliard School, under one of the most prominent 20th Century Conductors, Vincent La Selva. During his studies in New York City, Alexis was blessed enough to work and attend classes under important composers such as John Corigliano, Christopher Theofanides, Rudolph Palmer, David Loeb, Agrippino Bellino, Frederick Hand and many more.

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