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Makis Ablianitis is an inspired composer and one of the most important guitar players in Greece. His relationship with music began at the age of 15 when he got his first guitar. He studied theory, harmony, counterpoint and higher theory and composition by graduating from the classes of Fugue and Orchestration with excellent. He concluded his studies at the Berklee Music College of Boston with a scholarship. The period of his studies at Berklee was decisive for his later course as a musician, because at the same time of his studies, he had the ability to play with renowned musicians of the Boston jazz scene. In 1993 he formed the quartet ‘Jazz Steps’ and in 1995 the group ‘Jazz Crew’. During the period of 1996 - 1998 he was a member of the ethnic group of Michalis Nikoloudis and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, performing at concerts they gave in Greece and abroad. His debut took place in 1997 with the album ‘FLAME KEEPER’ featuring some of the most prominent Greek jazz musicians. He collaborates with the ‘ARTS DANCE & MUSIC PRODUCTIONS’ in November 1999 and during the three month period he contribute with the very successful BROADWAY shows in Athens. At his second album 'BAHAR' (2001), met the world famous Indian flute player, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and one of the best Greek singers, Manolis Lidakis. 'BAHAR' soon became a multi platinum album and many songs from the album appeared in many collections all over the world. On January 2004 together with the famous Greek singer Maria Farantouri, released the album ‘MOSAIC’, featuring: Glen Velez, Fuat Saka, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ross Daly among others. During the same year he formed the group ‘HOT ORGANIC TRIO’. The trio plays original songs and jazz standards, with the distinctive sound, that only the trio: guitar- hammond organ- drums, can create. On December 2004 released the album ‘BAHAR LIVE-UNDER THE SKY’ with songs from the ‘BAHAR’ cd and new songs that recorded live. Four years later (2008), he released the golden selling cd ‘KISMET’, featuring among others, the Turkish singer Fuat Saka and the master Indian flute player Hariprasad Chaurasia. During 2012, he collaborated with the renowed clarinet player Manos Ahalinotopoulos and oud player Haig Yazdjian. Makis Ablianitis has numerous participations in festivals and concerts all over the world, while he is also involved with the tuition of jazz and improvisational music. At this period he performs live his music whilst working on his next project. DISCOGRAPHY •1997 – ‘FLAME KEEPER’ - ΘCD 0010 – THESIS •2000 – ‘BAHAR’ – LM020-2 – LIBRA MUSIC •2004 - ‘BAHAR LIVE under the sky’ (Live recording)-LM035-2 LIBRA MUSIC •2008 - ‘KISMET’ – LM046-2- LIBRA MUSIC COMPILATIONS •BUDDHA BAR presents: Amnesty international – 40th anniversary - 2CDs – Various Artists - George V records, FRANCE •SLOW MO 3 – SD082 – Various Artists - STEREO DELUXE, GERMANY •ELEMENTAL CHILL – VOL.3 – AIR – KRICD3003 – Various Artists – KRIZTAL ENTERTAINMENT, USA •THEMA 1 / BLEND MEETS LIBRA - LM023-2 – Various Artists – LIBRA MUSIC, GREECE •THE BEST OF BUDDHA – 4 FUN MUSIC- FRANFURT, GERMANY •IN PARNAS’ COURTYARD – HELICON RECORDS, ISRAEL •MARIA FARANTOURI ‘MOSAIC’. •MANOLIS LIDAKIS ‘OSA SOU’HO PEI- TA ADESPOTA’ •MANOLIS LIDAKIS ‘APO TI SIOPI TOU HRONOU’ •ORIENT ANATOLIA, TURKEY •BUDDHA BAR XVI- 2CD’s, GEORGE V records, FRANCE



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