The group is based in Stockholm – Sweden.
Folk music in a preserved form gets no nourishment, does not renew itself, dies.
“TAXIMI” wants to offer resistance to this, and show “the original is universal, the simple is genuine, the popular is sophisticated”
Apart for some songs and compositions by Mikis Theodorakis which became popular all over the world, and the more commercial and “tourist friendly” versions of rebetika, there is little knowledge of Greek folk music in our country (Sweden) and the rest of the world. Taximi wants to change that; the musicians have a Greek background, but are now residing in Sweden.
The six (sometimes more) musicians appear in both small and larger circumstances, on radio and TV, at concerts and intimate parties.
In 1997, Taximi played at the “HERODION THEATRE” below the Acropolis in Athens, a venue where many great artists have appeared.
The word Taximi means improvisation, an important part of Greek folk music.
Just in time for their tenth anniversary, Taximi is releasing a CD with “rebetika”, (simple songs about love and longing that most Greek people know and love to sing) and “smyrneika” (music from the other side of the Aegean sea, in the Smyrna area).
“Dimotika” (songs of the countryside), “nisiotika” (the music of the islands) and “laika” (urban music) is also on the repertoire.
Christos Despiniadis: vocal, guitar, laouto
Ann-Catherine Hedin: violin, baglama
Giorgos Degermetzoglou: Bouzouki, sazi, outi och laouto.
Manolis Georgoudis: Kontrabas
Jonas Gartzios: Clarinet, laouto, vocal
“TAXIMI” representative: Christos Despiniadis
Phone: (SWEDEN) +4670-536 94 30,
S-162 71 VÄLLINGBY