B i o g r a p h y
Kleopas is a self-taught greek cosmopolitan musician. He has traveled, lived and played his compositions out of Greece in countries such as Thailand , India, Japan, France, Germany, Holland, Cyprus...
He is a composer as well as a singer and he plays the Apollon's ancient Greek lyre ,the guitar and the bouzouki. Listening to Kleopas' melodies one can understand his Greek origins as well as his deep love for world music.
In 1996, during one of his trips to Thailand, Kleopas met with Alban Marc "Snoopy", ex drummer of the 60's American cult band "Love" and their friendship led to the realization in 2002 in Athens of an album called "Snoopy's Love".
In 2000, he created the band Namaste with whom he performed in renowned clubs of Greece and at festivals such as the Ethnic-Jazz Festival "Dimitria" in Thessaloniki and the International Festival of Ohrid.
Besides, from 2007 to 2018, Namaste was the most beloved band of Santorini island.
Kleopas is also deeply involved with the Seed Freedom Movement which is embodied in Greece by the organization "Peliti". For this reason, he has been volunteering his music for the last 10 years to the Seed Exchange Festivals organized by Peliti every year around easter time.
In 2014, Namaste took part in the International Caravan for Seed Freedom which traveled from Greece to France. They met there with members of the German Seed Movement and as a result, Namaste performed for 3 consequitive years at the Nuremberg Seed Exchange Festival.
In 2016, Kleopas played with his lyre at the International Trial against Monsanto which took place in the Hague in the presence of Dr. Vandana Shiva.
In 2018, he opened with his lyre the 2nd Olympic Seed Festival in Greece and he also took part in a festival in Drama with lyre players from all over Greece.
The same year, he was invited with his lyre at the Seed Exchange Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus.
In the summer of 2017, Kleopas took part in the International Festival of Heraklion, Crete, "5+1 Civilizations".
Since 2017, he has been regularly playing lyre and singing at the autistic center Elpida in Thessaloniki, with great results in the psychic health of the children.
On June 21st 2018, in Santorini island, he performed
with his lyra at a meditation during a yoga seminar organized by the world famous yoga teacher Shiva Rea.
In 2019, Kleopas started a collaboration, Synapsys, with violin and yayli tabour player, Apostolos Preponis. Together they successfully toured in Germany in the spring of 2019 .
On July 6th 2019, in Sciacca Sicily, he played some of his
compositions on the lyra, accompanied by 9 dancers at the 4 day event of Dolce&Gabbana Fashion Show, Alta Sartori.
2007 Namaste by Namaste
2008 Feeling by Namaste
2012 Shores of the soul by Namaste
2016 Ubuntu by Namaste
2017 Wandering Melodist by Kleopas