B i o g r a p h y
Kleopas is a self-taught cosmopolitan musician.He has traveled,lived and played his compositions out of Greece in countries such as Thailand ,India, Japan, France, Germany
He is a composer as well as a singer and plays the Apollon's ancient Greek lyre, guitar and 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 this friendship led to the realization in 2002 in Athens of a CD called "Snoopy's love".
In 2000, he creates the band Namaste with whom he performed in renowned clubs of Greece and festivals such as the Ethnic-Jazz Festival "Dimitria" in Thessaloniki and the International Festival of Ohrid.
Besides Namaste has been for the last 10 summers 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 for the last 10 years Namaste has been volunteering their music 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 has performed for the last 3 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 the summer of 2017, Kleopas took part in the International Festival of Heraklion, Crete, "5+1 Civilizations". Since 2017 with his lyre he has been weekly playing and singing at the autistic center Elpida in Thessaloniki with great results in the psychic health of the children.
In 2018 Kleopas opened with his lyre the 2nd Olympic Seed Festival in Greece and he took part in a festival in Drama with lyre players from all over Greece.He also took part with his lyre in the Seed Exchange Festival in Nicosia Cyprus.
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 with a 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 days event of Dolce&Gabbana Alta Sartoria,where they
were presenting their new clothes collection.
2007 Namaste by Namaste
2008 Feeling by Namaste
2012 Shores of the soul by Namaste
2016 Ubuntu by Namaste
2017 Wandering Melodist by Kleopas