Vangelis Karipis

Vangelis Karipis

Born in Athens in 1971, Vangelis Karipis is a multifaceted musician. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Byzantine music and music theory from the Greek Conservatory in 1992. Simultaneously, he embarked on his percussion journey under the guidance of respected instructors, including Tricy Shankaral, Joe Santos, Jammey Haddad, and Arto Tuncboyaciayan.

Throughout his illustrious career, Vangelis has collaborated with a host of esteemed Greek composers and vocalists, such as Dionisis Savvopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Nikos Kypourgos, and more. He has graced stages in Greece and around the world, participating in renowned events like the Womad festival and Meinz festival.

Internationally, Vangelis has shared the stage with soloists like Haig Yazdjan, Yiotis Kiourtzoglou, and Socratis Sinopoulos. His extensive discography boasts over 400 productions spanning nearly two decades, alongside recordings for theater performances.

In January 2004, Vangelis represented Greece at an international percussion event in Tunisia as part of the MediMuses program. His dedication to education led him to conduct percussion seminars in various countries, including Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Tunisia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, England, and the USA.

In April 2004, he collaborated with Greek composer Yannis Psathas for concerts with the “Nederland’s Blazers Ensemble” in the Netherlands and Germany, as well as with the “Stroma group” in New Zealand. Vangelis co-founded the “Krotala” percussion group in 1998, touring internationally and releasing albums like “KROUSTA” (1995 FM RECORDS), “KROTALA” (2002 ETERRA MUSIC), “CRUSTA FANS” (2005 METRO magazine), and “PERCUSSION PICTURES” (2011 ANTART PRODUCTIONS).

Vangelis Karipis also contributed to the musical recordings for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Since 2017, he has held the prestigious position of Head of the Percussion Department at Athens Musicology University, where he passionately imparts his musical knowledge and experience to the next generation of musicians.

"At Eleusis, one realises, if never before, that there is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy. At Eleusis, one becomes adapted to the cosmos. Outwardly Eleusis may seem broken, disintegrated with the crumbled past; actually, Eleusis is still intact and it is we who are broken, dispersed, crumbling to dust. Eleusis lives; lives eternally in the midst of a dying world."
Henry Miller

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