Takis Barberis was born in Athens,Greece on July 14,1963. His relationship with music began at the age of 11. He studied at the National Conservatory of Greece, classic guitar with Dimitris Fampas and music theory with Yiannis Avgerinos, and received the Harmony certificate. Simultaneously he plays electric guitar in many rock groups. In 1979 begins his interest in jazz that determines his later course. This period he cooperates with many significant musicians as G. Trantalidis, N. Touliatos,...
Takis Barberis was born in Athens,Greece on July 14,1963. His relationship with music began at the age of 11. He studied at the National Conservatory of Greece, classic guitar with Dimitris Fampas and music theory with Yiannis Avgerinos, and received the Harmony certificate. Simultaneously he plays electric guitar in many rock groups.
In 1979 begins his interest in jazz that determines his later course. This period he cooperates with many significant musicians as G. Trantalidis, N. Touliatos, Y.Kinninis, D. Apostolou, P. Gekas and An. Georgiou.
In 1982 he presents his first compositions with the band "Jazz Fusion Quintet". It is then that his cooperation with David Lynch and Takis Farazis begins, continuing later in the group "Iskra" (1985), with G. Fakanas, N. Touliatos and L. Pliatsikas. 'Iskra' was one of the most successful and progressive groups of that period in Greece.
In 1986 "Iskra" released their first album, ".. New Day" (Polygram), that includes two of his compositions. At the period 1987 - 1989 he forms the group "Model 63" with P. Hatzigiangos and K. Kalogirou in a more experimental approach of rock music with Greek lyrics, and they release the album "Model 63" (Lyra 1988).
In 1990 was released his first personal album, "Something From July" (Lyra 1990), with his compositions from the 80's, with lots of jazz, rock and latin influences, and with the participation of T. Farazis, G. Kontrafouris, T. Paterelis and K. Kalogirou. "Are You Happy" (Lyra, 1992) was his second album, with the classic sound of a Jazz Quintet (G. Kontrafouris, T. Paterelis, G. Vassalos, K. Kalogirou). In his second album Barberis combines jazz rhythm and harmony with Eastern and Greek elements.
"Episodes" (1995) is his next album with special guests the internationally known Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu and the traditional Greek legend musician Petroloukas Halkias on the clarinet, and with eight very famous Greek musicians (P. Benetatos, G. Kontrafouris, T. Paterelis, Y. Kiourtsoglou, G. Vassalos, K. Kalogirou, T. Farazis & P. Kourtis). The critics characterize the album as one of the most successful combinations of jazz with traditional elements (Greek and Indian music).
At his next album, "Naiva" (Lyra, 1998), Barberis continues and evolves the influences that we meet also in the album 'Episodes' (with the participations of Petroloukas Halkias, Reshma Srivastava and Shankar Lal from India, Yiorgos Georgiadis, George Polyhronakos and Manos Saridakis).
"Porto Kayio" (LIBRA MUSIC, 2004) is his last album, with Debashish and Subhasis Bhattacharya from India on Hindustani slide guitar and tabla respectively, Yiorgos Georgiadis on bass and Michalis Kapilidis on drums. In "Porto Kayio" Barberis creates a "soundtrack" with voices, samples, sounds and rhythms. Each piece is a musical homeland: from Greece to India, East, Africa, Balkans and once again back to his land. Takis Barberis has collaborated with Trilok Gurtu, Glenn Corneille, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Dionysis Savopoulos and almost all Greek musicians of Jazz scene, and has taken part in a lot of live performances in Greece and abroad. Since 1981 he teaches modern guitar and improvisation at many GreekConservatories (National Conservatory of Patras, Pindareio, Raimondi Conservatory, R.S.I.).
The last years he works at the Phillippos Nakas Conservatory teaching jazz guitar and improvisation. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.