Concert Modal Quartet – Modal 4
Concert Modal Quartet – Modal 4
Evgenios Voulgaris: yayli tanbur
Tilemachos Roudniklis: classical guitar
Pavlos Spyropoulos: contrabass
Dimitris Tasoudis: drums
Nikodemos Triaridis: sound engineer
Modal4 lies between yesterday and today, post modernism and tradition, the “old ways” and the “shape of things to come”. Modal4 lies between black and white, without being gray but more as messenger through time reflecting the echoes of a forgotten ritual, the never ending agony of expressing the deeper and darker moments of a human soul. Music has always been a way to share and express our feelings and especially love, pain and grief…and that’s exactly what Modal4 do…they share. They share through their music and performance adding us to their companion making each one part of their sonic ritual. Forgotten melodies and dusty soundscapes of another era coming forward through a variable prism of influences and references…from the vast musical tradition of the east mediterranean to the lush and reverberant dark wave sounds of the 80’s and from the nonconforming free jazz aesthetics to the post rock sonic spaces of the last decades.
Modal4 is a band of 4 individuals contributing their own perspective to an ancient and still never ending journey to the deepest human emotions.
His interest in traditional music started in 1992 and took the form of apprenticeship next to Christos Tsiamoulis. Since 2001 he has been attending lessons on the interpretation of Ottoman music next to Fahrettin Cimenli in Istanbul. Of particular importance to his musical training has been a series of seminars on the oud, saz, afghani rabab, as well as composition and orchestration in the context of the “Labyrinth” Musical Workshops in Houdetsi, Crete. A multi-instrumentalist himself, he has repeatedly teamed with master musicians and composers, such as Ross Daly, Christos Tsiamoulis, Nikos Kipurgos, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Notis Marvudis, Nima ben David, Paul Winter in concerts, recordings and television productions in Greece and abroad. He has collaborated with Τhe Orchestra of Colors, Camerata and The State Orchestra. Of particular interest to him is teaching, composing music, and writing music for theater. Cd productions: “Wanderings”, “The message of the prince”, “Apsilies”. Book: “Rebetika songs of the Inner War period”. He lives in Patras, Greece.
He was born in Ptolemaida ,where he began his studies on classic guitar when he was 7 years old. He now owns a diploma in classic guitar from professor’s Kostas Makrigiannakis class. He was an active member in many seminars with Odair Assad,Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghaglia, Marcin Dylla, Nora Bushmann. He is bachelor student of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in School and Music studies department. He is a member in couple of bands in Thessaloniki such as Caldera Trio , Aloha Moloha ,Inner Sail with which they create prototype and authentic music. This period you can find them in the studio recording their first cd’s.
He began music studies in early childhood with Markella Tsouva as pianist and since 2003 he studied the doublebass with Haralambos Himarios in Thessaloniki. As a doublebass player since 2007, he is member of various music groups, inspired by music traditions of Southern Europe and Asia, as well as classical music or jazz. The last years till now, he is member of “Modal4”and “Neda” (contemporary modal), “Caja Secreta” (nuevo flamenco), “Magnanimus Trio” (modal jazz), “Tir Fada” (irish tunes). He also plays with Ross Daly at “Labyrinth ensemble” since 2010. He has also participated in concerts or recordings with many musicians such as Erkan Ogur, Derya Turkan, Sokratis Sinopoulos, Zohar Fresco, Giorgis Manolakis, Harris Lambrakis, Kelly Thoma, Pedram Kzavar Zamini, Imamyar and Rufat Hasanov and many more. He studied musicology in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and music theory in “Tassia Kassiola” Conservatory of Trikala.
Dimitris Tasoudis was born in 1980 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He first studied piano with Sophia Zoumi and drums with his brother, Thanos. He holds a BA degree in Musicology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), an MA in Contemporary Studies (University of York) and diplomas on Percussion and Composition (State Conservatory of Thessaloniki). As a member of various music combos (post-rock, modal jazz and world music), he has recorded six CD’s. He has composed music for films as a member of the Prefabricated Quartet; during the last years he is working on his own in this area. He is currently teaching music in secondary education; he has also taught in the Departments of Music (‘improvisation on percussion’) and Film (‘film music’) at Aristotle University. He is doing his PhD on ‘metaphor and metonymy in film music’, under the supervision of Petros Vouvaris in the University of Macedonia, Department of Music Science and Art.