|Born||25 December 1955|
|Genres|| Musical shows, Theatre, |
|Years active||1977 - present|
Stamatis Kraounakis (Greek : Σταμάτης Κραουνάκης) is a Greek music composer, music producer, lyricist, writer and director. He was born and lives in Athens and has studied Political Science in Panteion University. He has composed music for more than 40 albums and 50 theatre plays.
Kraounakis studied music with Klelia Terzakis and made his first appearance in 1978, writing the music for the album To Spiti Tou Agamemnona. One year earlier he had made his debut in theatre, with the music for the performance Varieme (1977). In 1981 he made his first big collaboration, with the music for the album Skouriasmena Hilia (Σκουριασμένα χείλια) performed by Vicky Mosholiou.
In Panteion University Kraounakis met the poet Lina Nikolakopoulou, with whom he produced more than 80% of his work. In October 1985 they created and released the album Kikloforo Ki Oploforo with Alkistis Protopsalti as leading singer.
Since 1982 Kraounakis has collaborated with a number of important Greek singers, including Manolis Mitsias, Dimitra Galani, Tania Tsanaklidou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki. He also introduced new singers through collaborations, including Kostas Makedonas, Dimitris Basis, Stelios Dionisiou, and Polina Misailidou.
In 1997 he accepted the position of artistic director at the Municipal Theater of the city of Kavala, where he directed three significant productions - Ktistes by Giorgos Chimonas, Gro Plan by Giorgos Maniotis, and Aristophanes' Plutus under the direction of Nikos Mastorakis.
In 1998, Kraounakis directed a group of young actors called Speira Speira, which successfully performed the All in Black and a Piano show from October 1999 to April 2001.
In 2000 his music for the movie of Nikos Panagiotopoulos Afti I Nihta Menei won the National Award in Thessaloniki Film Festival, while his music for the TV series Istera Irthan I Melisses won the Award for Best Music in the Television Awards. In 2002 his music for the movie Kourastika Na Skotono Tous Agapitikous Sou (Tired of Killing Your Lovers) won the Arion Award for Best Soundtrack.
During 2004 Stamatis Kraounakis composed the music for Delivery, as well as music for Aristophanes' Ploutos for the Athens Festival in Epidavros. In May 2004 he was invited by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to compose music for the project "Installation 496".
He has written the theme song for one of the most popular TV series in Greece, Maria, i Aschimi , the Greek version of Ugly Betty .
In 2010 he voiced Louis the alligator in the Greek language version of The Princess and the Frog.
Dimitrios Bibasis, better known by his stage name Dimitris Basis, is a Greek singer and musician. He is from the village of Cherso, near the city of Kilkis in Central Macedonia.
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Evangelia (Lina) Nikolakopoulou is widely recognised as one of the foremost lyricists in Greece. She was born in Methana on 30 June 1958 and studied social and political sciences at the Panteion University in Athens. This is where she met the composer Stamatis Kraounakis, with whom she has made several records. Kukloforo kai Oploforo by Alkistis Protopsalti, Mama Gernao by Tania Tsanaklidou, Meno Ektos by Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Kratai chronia afti i kolognia (1990) composed by Thanos Mikroutsikos and sung by Haris Alexiou, Di Efchon (1992) composed by Nikos Antypas and sung by Haris Alexiou and many others are only some of the records that she has participated in.
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Kostis Maraveyas or Kostis Maravegias, also known by his stage name Maraveyas ilegál or just Maraveyas, is a Greek singer-songwriter, composer, performer, director, TV presenter and writer. He plays the accordion, piano, guitar, hammond, farfisa and he sings in Greek, English, Spanish and Italian. Although he began his musical career in the underground and alternative music scene of Italy and Greece, as of 2015 Maraveyas has reached wider audiences and is considered as a well known songwriter-performer in Greece.
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Korina Legaki is a Greek singer born in Herakleion, Crete, of Greek-Swedish origin. She trained in classical and jazz singing, piano and orthophony, and participated in Spyros Sakkas’s Vocal Art Workshop. A multilingual and multicultural persona, she has recorded five solo records with original material as well as covers of Greek and foreign composers. She has recorded and performed with musicians, composers, singers and ensembles across several genres from free jazz to traditional and from academic to ethnic. She has sung in theaters, concert halls and various venues throughout Greece and abroad, including the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Athens Concert Hall, the Zappeion, the temple of Poseidon in Sounio, the Anglican Church of St. Paul’s and the European Parliament. At the same time, she has undertaken significant volunteering work, joining forces on stage and in studios with refugee children.