Thanasis Papakonstantinou Biography

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Thanasis Papakonstantinou
Thanasis Papakonstantinou, Oct 2012.jpg

Thanasis Papakonstantinou, performing live in Berlin, 12 February 2012
Background information
Native name Θανάσης Παπακωνσταντίνου
Birth name Athanasios Papakonstantinou
Born April 26, 1959 (age 55)
Tyrnavos, Greece
Genres Experimental, folk, rembetiko
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bouzouki
Years active 1982–present

Athanasios “Thanasis” Papakonstantinou (Greek: Αθανάσιος “Θανάσης” Παπακωνσταντίνου; born April 26, 1959) is a Greek singer-songwriter.

Short biography[edit]

He is married, with two children. Papakonstantinou studied mechanical engineering in Thessaloniki, which he practices as well as being a musician. After military service (all males are conscripted in Greece), he had a spell of handcrafting traditional Greek musical instruments.

Now a Larissa resident, Papakonstantinou has established himself as one of the most original and prolific people in the Greek music scene. He writes music in the Greek folk idiom, stemming from his own recollections of traditional songs his parents sang while working in the field. He usually writes his own lyrics or uses poems. He has collaborated with numerous notable artists from the Greek music scene, such as Giannis Aggelakas,Melina Kana, Sokratis Malamas, Lizeta Kalimeri, Nikos Papazoglou.

In 2002, his song Nanourisma was featured in the film by Nikos Grammatikos O Vasilias (The King).[1] The 2007 documentary The Horns of the Bull is dedicated to Papakonstantinou’s work.[2]


  • Αγία Νοσταλγία (Holy Nostalgia, Agia Nostalgia) (1993)
  • Στην Ανδρομέδα και στη Γη (In Andromeda and on Earth, Stin Andromeda kai sti Gi) (1995)
  • Της Αγάπης Γερακάρης (Falconer of Love, Tis Agapis Gerakaris) (1996)
  • Λάφυρα (Loot, Lafyra) (1998)
  • Βραχνός Προφήτης (Hoarse Prophet, Vrachnos Profitis) (2000)
  • Αγρύπνια (Vigil, Agrypnia) (2002)
  • Τα ζωντανά (The Live Ones, Ta Zontana) (2004)
  • Οι πρώτες ηχογραφήσεις (The First Recordings, Oi protes ichografiseis) (2005)
  • Η βροχή από κάτω (The Rain from Below, I vrochi apo kato) (2006)
  • Διάφανος (Diaphanous, Diaphanos) (2006)
  • Ο Σαμάνος (The Shaman, O Samanos) (2008)
  • Ο ελάχιστος εαυτός (The Minimal Self, O elachistos eaftos) (2011)
  • Πρόσκληση σε δείπνο κυανίου (Invitation to Cyanide Dinner, Prosklisi se Deipno Kianiou) (2014)

Sample of lyrics[edit]

Rhyme from Agripnia, 2002: “Sleeplessness, ungroped animal!”; “Without a spit of affection / In those who thirst for chimeras, you tilt / Your mug that’s always empty.”

Band members[edit]

  • George Bandoek Apostolakis
  • Sotiris Douvas
  • Dimitris Mpaslam
  • Mitsos Mistakidis
  • Pantelis Stoikos
  • Fotis Siotas
  • Martha Frintzila
  • Matoula Zamani


  1. Jump up^ “The King (2002)”. IMDb. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. Jump up^ “On the Horns of the Bull (2007)”. IMDb. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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