“Ballos” is a music group that debuted in the Greek music stage in early 2002. Each of its members carries separate past experience and has been influenced by different aspects of Greek and East Mediterranean music, participating in various musical formations and cooperating with Greek and international composers. Gradually, they proceeded to producing personal compositions, many of which have been published in records.
The musical instruments used by the group, which depict the group’s character, are the violin, the lute and the zither. These are used to perform both traditional and modern music, depending on the performance requirements.
The group “handpicks” the songs and music they play – mainly from the Greek islands and Asia Minor – using the strictest criteria. This fact, along with the members’ studies in Byzantine, European and Greek traditional music and their involvement in Greek discography – either as composers or as performers, have defined the path of the group.
The novelty introduced by “Vorriades” is the choice of musical instruments and the old fashioned style of performance – which is rare nowadays that the original character of tradition has been lost. This combination of parameters and the encounter of three different but equally powerful musical personalities constitute a true innovation.
He was born in Athens, having his origins in the village Apiranthos of Naxos Island, his origin constituting quite an important influence on his musical choices and path. He began violin lessons at the age of 13, dealing mainly with the music of the Cyclades, playing with and apprenticing near traditional musicians. Quickly, he evolved and distinguished himself for his musical expression and traditional style of performance. So later, he published three records with music and songs from Apiranthos, Naxos and the record “Anefala Thalassina” (sea clouds) with Eirini Konitopoulou Legaki and Dimitris Fyrogenis. He has cooperated with various musicians and composers in discography, theatrical plays and concerts in Greece and abroad. In 1992 he graduated the National Conservatory in Athens, receiving his Diplomain Classical Violin. Today he is a professor at the central National Conservatory in Athens.
Ourania Lampropoulou studied Byzantine music, piano, writing, analysis, orchestration and conducting. She also took courses with the virtuoso Santouri Tassos Diakogiorgis. She studied musicology and anthropology of music at the University of Athens. As santouriste, she works with groups of traditional music and world music as well as with symphony orchestras and contemporary music ensembles. She also taught music for ensemble and Santouri at the University of Macedonia (Department of Music Art and Science-Traditional Music), at TEI of Epirus (Department of popular and traditional music) and the National Conservatory of Athens. She often animes Masterclasses and Seminars of Greek music.
He was born in Athens and originates from the village of Koronos of Naxos Island. He studied Byzantine Music near his teacher, Lykourgos Angelopoulos and he also schooled at the “Society for the Prevalence of our National Music” near teacher Simonas Karras, for four years. He teaches the Tamboura, Lute and Constantinople Lute at the Musical Junior and High School of Pallini and deals with the research and recording of our traditional songs, dance, folkway and mores across Greece. He was a member of the Hellenic Byzantine Chorus, under the administration of Lykourgos Angelopoulos, for seven years. He has taken part in many concerts in Greece and abroad with various musicians and composers.