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
Parafono Records

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

Ishikawa - Sidirokastritis - Varoutas - Lambrakis - Linardou
Underflow Records

Ko Ishikawa, Nikos Sidirokastritis, Giorgos Varoutas, Harris Lambrakis and Anna Linardou interpret the ecstasy of nature, wandering between ancient memory and imagination. Ancient instruments, such as the Japanese shō and the Middle Eastern ney, a piece of acacia wood and a voice, combined with electroacoustic guitar, electronic sound and live sampling, reflect a poetic contemplation of the human condition between the sea and the depths of the sky.

The album was recorded in Athens on January 17, 2019, at the Underflow Record Store and Art Gallery, which was arranged accordingly for the project's audio and video recording needs.

Live at Underflow Records (Athens, January 2019).
electronic music      improvisational music

The Solo Project

More than 20 years now, I keep working on a solo project that focuses on the sound of the ney and on every musical element exists around us.

Live at Fones Music Club (Athens, 1999).
ney      improvisational 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 Group
MLK Records

I 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.

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

Tatsakis - Lambrakis Duet

With the great musician Kostas Tatsakis we just recorded our first album, a total impro dialogue between drums and ney.

Live at Zp87 (Athens, January 2015).
drums      ney      improvisational 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 (2014-2020)

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)
LABYRINTH - ROSS DALY (2018, 2019)

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 The Depths Above by Ishikawa - Sidirokastritis - Varoutas - Lambrakis - Linardou The lost album by Lambrakis - Tzavaras 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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