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Yannis Kotsiras, one of the most celebrated and world renowned Greek artists comes to New York for AKTINA's annual benefit concert from the acclaimed series, GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY, produced by Elena Maroulleti. The performance entitled, “Yannis Kotsiras Unplugged” will feature the most loved and popular songs from his rich discography that also includes works by the much acclaimed Greek composers, Mikis Theodorakis (watch video below), Mimis Plessas and Thanos Mikroutsikos among others. The music will be performed in the most representative manner featuring also the distinguished soloists, Akis Katsoupakis, keyboards, Vangelis Machairas, bouzouki/tzoura/mandolin and Kostas Michalos, guitar/vocals.  This long awaited first personal performance to the U.S by Yannis Kotsiras is not to be missed!!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Tickets are already on sale and the demand is unprecedented.  Prices: $85, $70 Orchestra | $65, $50 Balcony | $35 Second Balcony | $40 Wheelchair.  Charge your tickets today by calling AKTINA at 718-545-1151.  A $5 cc surcharge/processing fee applies for every ticket purchase.  For cash purchases please visit, Euro Market at 30-42 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11102 and TITAN Foods at 25-56 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11102. All sales are final. No exchanges/refunds. Tickets will not be sold at the theater.  For the Kaye Playhouse Seating Chart click here.

Don't miss Yannis Kotsiras, Greece's leading star on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:30pm at New York's landmark theater The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on E. 68th Street between Park & Lexington Avenues in Manhattan.

About the Kaye Playhouse:  This landmark venue is one of the most cozy and beautiful theaters in Manhattan with exceptional acoustics and amazing theatrical and comfortable seating without any obstructions.  Apart from the main orchestra on the main level, the Kaye also features two balconies with a great view of the stage. Another unique factor for the Kaye is that it is easily accessible by all means of mass transportation.
   
















          A view of the orchestra on the main level and two balconies
          above

A view of the orchestra on the main level

Directions to the Kaye:   By Car: The Kaye is located on the north side of East 68th Street, just west of Lexington Avenue. Parking garages are located nearby, while free street parking is also available on Lexington Avenue after 7pm.  By Train: Take the "6" to the 68th Street/Hunter College station or the "F" to the 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue stationBy Bus: Take the M98, M101, M102, M103 or the Crosstown M66 to East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

About the artist: 
Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter - Yannis Kotsiras, one of the most celebrated and worldwide recognized Greek artists stands out for his distinct voice and his ability of bringing together the different representative styles of Greek music, including the popular Rembetika (Greek blues) and Laika (popular folk) with which he launched his career in 1990.   He also excels for his high energy performances both as singer and a guitarist. His amazing career is crowned with several platinum and gold records, exceptional collaborations with leading Greek composers including Mikis Theodorakis, Mimis Plessas, Lavrentis Machairitsas, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Nikos Antypas, Demetris Papademetriou; with lyricists and singers such as Haris Alexiou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki and the late legends Grigoris Bithikotsis and Dimitris Mitropanos among others; with sold out concerts and thousands of fans around the globe. He has released some 20 personal albums and appeared as a guest star in 16 others which feature disparate styles of Greek music such as Laika, Rembetika, Folk, Traditional and Contemporary.  He was also selected by the 2004 Athens Olympic Committee to record the theme song for the Athens Torch Relay (watch video below) as well as other songs for the 2004 Athens Olympics that year. 

YANNIS KOTSIRAS MUCH ACCLAIMED WORKS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Of much acclaim were his two different concerts dedicated to the world renowned masterpiece works of Mikis Theodorakis "Pnevmatiko Emvatirio" (Spiritual March) based on poetry by Angelos Sikelianos given in May 2001 at the historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Herodion) below the Acropolis in Athens and "Axion Esti" based on poetry by Odysseas Elytis given in September 2001 at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, another historic theater in Salonica.  The May 2001 concert at the Herodion was recorded and released on a double CD in December 2001 and to this day stands out as one of the most important works in Greek discography. It should be noted that, Yannis Kotsiras is the fifth youngest singer of his generation to ever perform as a soloist "Axion Esti" one of the most difficult and and the same time more celebrated works of Mikis Theodorakis.

Video "Ena To Helidoni" From Axion Esti



In 2002 he performed four more world renowned works of Mikis Theodorakis.  First, the "Epitaphios" (Epitaph) and "Romiosisi" accompanied by Greek leading singer Tania Tsanaklidou and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Russia with performances in Cyprus (April 2002) and in Moscow (June 2002).  The second performance included the works "O Ilios Ke O Chronos" (The Sun and The Time) and "Arcadia VIII" presented In July 2002 at the Herodion below the Acropolis in Athens.

Of further acclaim was his collaboration with another legendary Greek composer Mimis Plessas.  In November 2002 Yannis Kotsiras presented in a concert at the Megaron Mousikis in Athens the distinguished work of Plessas "O Dromos" based on lyrics by Lefteris Papadopoulos.  The concert was recorded and released on CD in March 2006 and it is also regarded among the most important works of Greek discography to date. 

Top Recording Artist: Honored with the "Best Selling Greek Artist" award in October 2003 within the framework of the World Music Awards held annually in Monaco, a prize that covered two years of top sales for 2002 and 2003.

Selected by the 2004 Athens Olympic Committee to record in Greek and in English "Pass the Flame", the theme song for the Athens Torch Relay which was released on CD single worldwide.  The back up choir in the song is made up by famous singer around the world reflecting the global spirit of the torch relay.  He also participated in two other albums released on the occasion of the 2004 Athens Olympics, "Fos" based on songs by Mikis Theodorakis and "Unity" based on songs by various leading composers. 

Video "Pass The Flame"



In March 2005 Yannis Kotsiras is entrusted by yet another legendary Greek composer, Thanos Mikroutsikos to perform his much acclaimed works "Stavros Tou Notou" and "Grammes Ton Orizonton" based on poetry by Nikos Kavadias.  The works were presented in a series of six concerts at the Megaron Mousikis in Athens.  The concert was released on CD in October 2005 with overwhelming sales becoming gold soon after its release.

In 2012 Yannis Kotsiras records and releases the exceptional work "Smyrne of Love" a compilation of traditional songs from Asia Minor in collaboration with Estoutiandina Neas Ionias music group.  The album still stands out as an exceptional and representative work.  Apart from the unique performance of the songs by Kotsiras, the production of this CD excels for the fact that it adheres fully to the folk element of the music without any modern alterations or additions and for only using the representative traditional music instruments.

Video "Mikropantremeni" From "Smyrne of Love" With Estoudiantina Neas Ioanias



In September 2014 he released the CD Single "S'Agapao Mono" in announcement of his new CD "Oti Thymase Den Petheni" (Whatever You Remember Does Not Die) which was officially released in October 2014.  In this new work Yannis Kotsiras collaborates once again with Thanos Mikroutsikos who composed the music based on lyrics by Odysseas Ioannou, while one song is also based on lyrics by the late Alkis Alkeos.  The album which received raving reviews from music critics, features 11 new amazing songs which further verify the dedication of Kotsiras in producing exceptional works.  Among the songs which stand out and which became instant hits are, "S' Agapao Mono" (I Only Love You), "Dosmou Mia Mera Alithini" (Give Me A True Day).

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More Videos - Yannis Kotsiras


"Den Tha Xanagapiso"



"Efta Potiria"


DON'T MISS YANNIS KOTSIRAS ON APRIL 17, 2015 AT KAYE PLAYHOUSE IN NY
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