Giant Entertainment Group have secured the biggest Greek entertainers with confirmed contracts for Australian shows, kicking off with Yiannis Kotsiras next month, followed by Stelios Dionisiou, Natasa Theodoridou, Pyx Lax, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Thanasis Polykandriotis while negotiations are underway with the legendary George Dalaras.
After captivating the world at the opening of the 2004 Athens Olympics with the worldwide hit "Pass The Flame" then following it up with three of the bestselling CDs over the past 20 years, with hit after hit and world tours in major venues, Australian audiences will have this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Kotsiras and his entire band from Greece at two of the most iconic theatres in Australia; The State Theatre in Sydney and The Palais Theatre in Melbourne.
Kotsiras will be performing all of the hits from his vast repertoire as well as tributes to some of the greatest composers whose works have stood the test of time and left a mark in our hearts and souls. The popular and highly regarded Greek singer and composer, will also perform newer songs from his recent worldwide hit album “Look Around You”.
With over 30 years in entertainment promotions and productions in Australia and abroad, predominantly touring international and national acts, Giant Entertainment has been seduced by the artistry and music of Greek artists, so much so that it has now committed to promoting Greek music in Australia and beyond.
“We produce over 100 shows a year from all over the world but Greek music is the one that gets into my soul. Greek artists bring with them 5,000 years of history and pathos in their musical journey and presentation," said Wayne Kalil for Giant Entertainment.
You are all invited to share an unforgettable night, which promises to be a performance filled with energy, new musical experiences and nostalgic songs with the mesmerising voice and awesome stage presence of Yannis Kotsiras.
Sydney State Theatre 5th March
Adelaide Thebarton Theatre 9th March
Melbourne Palais Theatre 12th March
Darwin Entertainment Centre 16th March
For more information and tickets visit: www.giantentertainment.com.au
About Yiannis Kotsiras
Kotsiras was born in Athens and started his career in 1990 singing “rebetika” and “laika” at the historical “Perivoli t’ouranou”. His first personal album “Athoos Enochos” (Innocent Guilty) was released in 1996 with music by Panayiotis Kalantzopoulos and Evanthia Reboutsika and Aris Davarakis’ lyrics. He has worked with Haris Alexiou, Dimitris Mitropanos, Giorgos Dalaras, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Lavrentis Machairitsas, Nikos Portokaloglou, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Nikos Antypas, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Dimitris Basis, Kostas Makedonas and others. He wrote songs for Dimitris Mitropanos, Yiannis Koutras, Dimitris Mpasis, Rallia Christidou, Salina and Sofia Strati. He took part in concerts and Cds of Mikis Theodorakis, Yiannis Markopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos and Mimis Plessas. Since 2010 Kotsiras started his collaboration with the world famous Yasmin Levi. In October 2003 he was honoured with the “Best Selling Greek Artist” award within the framework of the World Music Awards held every year in Monaco, a prize covering two years of top sales (2002 and 2003).
In March 2004, just a few days after the Flame-Lighting Ceremony in Ancient Olympia, his CD single “Pass the Flame”, containing the song of the Athens 2004 Torch Relay, was released globally. The “Pass the Flame” CD single contained three versions of the song (English lyrics, Greek lyrics, and instrumental). Kotsiras performed the song in both languages.
“Pass the Flame” was written by Trevor Horn, a Grammy awarded composer and producer whose name is connected with great artists internationally (Paul Mc Cartney, Bryan Ferry, Pet Shop Boys, Art of Noise and more), in collaboration with Lol Creme. The Greek lyrics were written by Lina Nikolakopoulou. The “Pass the Flame” CD was recorded in Sarmwest Studios, the studios Trevor Horn uses in London. The vocals were recorded by famous singers from all over the world reflecting the global spirit of the torch relay.
In June 2007, Kotsiras gave a great concert at Lycabettus Theatre, celebrating his 10 years of live performing, with the participation of many friends. The result was a total success in a sold out night, with more than 7.500 people in the theater.
In 2015, Kotsiras wrote for the very first time, theatrical music for the show “Penelope Delta” that took place for the period of 2014–2015 at the Daily Theatre and was directed by Andromachi Motzoli.
Kotsiras' latest CD was released in November 2016, entitled “Pseftis Kairos” (Lying Times).