Harris Lambrakis

Ney player, Greece | harris.lambrakis@gmail.com


Born and raised in Athens, I started playing music at a very young age under many good teachers. I graduated from the Music High School of Pallini and the Music Department of the University of Athens with direction in ethnomusicology. I was fortunate to collaborate with internationally renowned musicians such as Haig Yazdjian, Savina Yannatou, Michalis Siganidis, Ross Daly, Kostas Tatsakis, Periklis Papapetropoulos, Christos Tsiamoulis, Antonis Apergis, Bijan Chemirani, Michel Doneda and others. For the last 20 years I have been participating in recordings and concerts worldwide. I also teach ney, giving seminars and masterclasses in Greece and abroad.


Harris Lambrakis Quartet
Artway Technotropon/Polytropon Technis

Harris Lambrakis Quartet was formed in 2006 and is inspired from different genres of music; modal jazz, greek music, music of the eastern Mediterranean and improvisational music. We already have published two albums, Théa (2010, independent production) and Metéora (2012, Artway Technotropon/Polytropon Technis). Currently, Harris Lambrakis Quartet is mixing it's 3rd album, called "Lafina".

A song from our new album called "Xirovouni", filmed by "Home Sessions" team. Dimitris Theocharis (piano), Dimitris Tsekouras (double bass), Nikos Sidirokastritis (drums) and Harris Lambrakis (ney).
modal jazz      greek music

Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico
ECM Records

As a member of the group Primavera en Salonico, I participate since 1996 in numerous concerts in Greece and around the world, while I took part in 6 album recordings ("Songs of the Mediterranean", "Virgin Maries of the world", "Terra Nostra", "Tutti baci", "Sumiglia" and "Songs of an other"). Recently our new album "Songs of Thessaloniki" released by ECM Records.

Performed and recorded in Bimhuis in Amsterdam for VPRO, Vrije Geluiden telecast. Savina Yannatou (voice), Kostas Vomvolos (qanun), Kyriakos Gouventas (violin), Yannis Alexandris (oud), Michalis Siganidis (double bass), Kostas Theodorou (percussion) and Harris Lambrakis (ney).
world music      armenian music

Michalis Siganidis & Siganidae 5
MLK Records

Ι have been contributing mostly as a hammond organ player for the past 10 years alongside Michalis Siganidis, one of the most influential Greek musicians and poets of his time. Siganidis, has just released a new record (97%) and is currently rehearsing with his new group Siganidae 5  for a tour around Greece and abroad.

Live at Six D.O.G.S. (Athens, October 2014).
tape music      greek music

OnEira 6tet
Molpé Music

Ι started playing with OnEira 6tet in 2006, and since then we have released two albums (Si la mar, Tâle Yâd) and participated in several festivals and events across Europe and North Africa. Comprised of musicians and friends (Bijan Chemirani, Maria Simoglou, Maryam Chemirani, Pierlo Bertolino, Kevin Seddiki), the group OnEira is currently undergoing redefinition of his repertoire.

Concert at "Le Zèbre" in Belleville, Paris. Maryam Chemirani (vocal), Maria Simoglou (vocal), Kevin Seddiki (guitar), Bijan Chemirani (percussion), Pierre-Laurent Bertolino (hurdy-gurdy), Stratis Psaradellis (lyra), Pierrick Hardy (guitar) and Harris Lambrakis (ney).
world music      french/greek/persian music

Workshops & Masterclasses


The seminars and masterclasses I've given so far are divided into four main categories:
     a. The makam of Istanbul
     b. Greek repertoire for ney and other instruments
     c. Rhythmic improvisation in modal music
     d. Free improvisation

a. The makam of Istanbul

This masterclass developed as training course on the makam of Istanbul or the Ottoman makam in general. The central idea is the makam to be approached in practice with as much as possible repertoire and less talk. Important role in this process have the old sound recordings and practice on the instrument. Where appropriate and feasible, the repertoire extends beyond the Ottoman music. At the base, however, of the process remains the analysis of the old recordings (taksim, gazel and compositions). The masterclass covers all relative instruments may approach the particular music genre.

ATHENS (2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017)

b. Greek repertoire for ney and other instruments

In this workshop we focus on repertoire and the local idioms from various regions of Greece (Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Roumeli, Peloponnese, Aegean Islands) and other countries, associated with the traditions of the Balkan peninsula and especially of Greece. The workshop explores ways of adapting "local" techniques on the ney and other similar instruments (oud, kanun, saz, lyre etc.)

MUSIC VILLAGE (2010 & 2011)
ATHENS (2017-2018)

c. Rhythmic improvisation in modal music

Improvisation, or taksim, is an extremely widespread term in modal music. In many instances, rhythm is added to the equation and then we can say that we have modal rhythmic improvisation (or more simply the rhythmic solo). The musician is called to build solos into a given rhythm, usually derived from the repertoire of a particular region. In this workshop we work on various methods to approach rhythmic improvisation, taking as a starting point repertoires familiar to the musicians involved. Then, we examine the structures and forms of improvisation that have been developed through various music traditions.

LABYRINTH - ROSS DALY (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
NICOSIA (2012)

d. Free improvisation

Free improvisation (or whatever it is called periodically, free jazz or improvised music), is specific in terms of the objectives but extremely broad in regards to the material which it treats. Focusing mainly on group dynamics and mutual trust, the key objective of this seminar has been the mutual communication of the participants, without being concerned with which music materials were to be used by each. The act was often revealing, and the fact that many musicians with non-Western instruments participated in the seminar, added new features and sounds to the whole free improvisation scope and spectrum.

LABYRINTH - ROSS DALY (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017)


This is a selected discography from 1995 till today.


Théa by Harris Lambrakis Quartet Metéora by Harris Lambrakis Quartet Occasional Dream by Occasional Dream Virgin Maries by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico Basse Class by Michalis Siganidis Imerologio by Nikos Xidakis


Mika by Periklis Papapetropoulos Minore manes by Maria Simoglou Ensemble Songs of Thessaloniki by Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico Talar by Haig Yazdjian Tale Yad by Oneira To mov provato by Saz Grubu Songs of an other by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico Kismet by Stelios Petrakis & Bijan Chemirani Amalur by Haig Yazdjian Microcosmos by Ross Daly 97% by Michalis Siganidis Periplous by Amelia Muge & Michales Loukovikas Ikaros by Antonis Apergis Mikres Aggelies by Michalis Siganidis Sumiglia by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico Oi dikoi mou filoi by Stelios Petrakis Orion by Stelios Petrakis Collection of Mediterranean flutes by FM Records Garin by Haig Yazdjian Ap' tin Tilo os tin Thraki by Pantelis Thalassinos Si la mar by Oneira White Dragon by Ross Daly Asate by Andreas Georgiou Songs of the mediterranean by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico Sabbath Lift by Michalis Siganidis Terra Nostra by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico Ammon by Vassilis Rakopoulos Tutti Baci by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico & Elena Ledda Fones Krouston by Vangelis Karipis Choros ton pyrson by Vassilis Rakopoulos Wonderfall Quartet by Wonderfall Quartet Ta mystika tou kipou by Nikos Kypourgos



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