Smyrneiko/Rembetiko is the first refugee to arrive in Greece from Asia Minor(Turkey) when the population exchange in the early 1920s took place. Born out of hardship yet full of resilience and with a devil-may-care attitude, these are the ‘Blues of the Mediterranean’. Çiğdem Aslan brings this to life in song accompanied by Nikos Baimpas (kanun, santouri), Michalis Kouloumis (violin), Vasilis Sarikis and Colin Somervell.
Nikolaos Baimpas, (Musical Director) kanun (κανονάκι) and santouri (σαντούρι)
Nikos has recorded and performed live with some of Greece's most significant contemporary artists including George Dalaras, Chronis Aidonidis, Glykeria, Eleni Vitalli, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Giannis Kotsiras, Manolis Mitsias and Pantelis Thalassinos. As a member of Estoudiantina orchestra in Greece he has been featured on numerous recordings and performed internationally, at venues such as the Jazz Lincoln Theatre New York, Herodium Atticus Parthenon Athens, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul. He has also collaborated with the philharmonic orchestras of Volos and Thessaloniki in Greece, and Odessa in Ukraine. Discography:"Tears on the Glass" (2006); the double CD and DVD box set "Tragoudia me ousies" (2007) from a live performance at Herodium, together with Giorgos Dalaras, Christos Thivaios, Babis Tsertos; "Mare Nostrum" (2009), "Tragoudia kai skopoi tis kath'umas Anatolis" (2010) and "I Smyrni tou Erota" (2012); soundtrack for the movie "A hero in Rome" in collaboration with the Sofia Philharmonic.
Nikos is currently writing his PhD in engineering at Oxford University, where he is a scholar. He also has a Diploma in Byzantine music (2004) and a degree in classical music theory (2006) from Music School of Volos in Greece (1998-2004).