MICHALES LOUKOVIKAS – bio
Born into a musical family of Thrace, Michales Loukovikas has been a versatile musician since he was 15 (varied music, rock, songwriting, setting poetry to music, music for the theatre and cinema, rebetiko, modal music). He also collaborated in the writing and production of various plays, and worked as a radio producer.
He graduated in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessalonica and worked as a teacher and translator of English, editor, and journalist, specializing on the international arena and culture (news, analyses, historical chronicles, music, art, education, and editorials).
A series of articles on exchange in the Mediterranean, Mediterranean Paraplus (a synonym to Periplus), evolved into a successful radio program lasting for twelve years. It came after similar programs such as Flamenco: the Rebetiko of Andalusia, adapting Donn Pohren’s The Art of Flamenco, and indicating also the similarities between the two genres.
Realizing the differences in music between the Orient and the Occident, he focused on the modal tradition. Turning points in his research were his acquaintance with Ross Daly in 1987 and his participation in the International Musicological Symposium at Delphi on Mediterranean music in the next year.
A result of his research was The Gold in the Sky, a West-to-East musical voyage based on Ares Alexandrou’s poetry, featuring 35 distinguished musicians (such as Manos Achalinotopoulos, Giorgos Andreou, Ross Daly, Kyriakos Gouventas, Harris Lambrakis, Kostas Theodorou) and singers (Eleni Tsaligopoulou and Andreas Karakotas), released in Hellas in 2008.
His meeting with Amélia Muge in the Internet has led to a productive partnership, initially with the adaptation of her songs into English in Uma Autora, 202 Canções, and then with the Portuguese version of The Gold in the Sky in the bilingual book-disc O Ouro do Céu / Ares Alexandrou por Michales Loukovikas, issued in Portugal in 2011.
Amélia and Michales had in the meantime carried out their own Luso-Hellenic Periplus, adapting ancient and traditional songs, as well as composing new ones on line: Periplus / deambulações luso-gregas (Periplus / Luso-Hellenic Wanderings as an international edition) was released in 2012 with special guests such as the poetess Hélia Correia, E. Tsaligopoulou, M. Achalinotopoulos, K. Gouventas, H. Lambrakis, and the vocal ensemble Outra Voz from Guimarães.
Michales also took part in Amélia’s latest work on Amália Rodrigues’ verses, Amélia com Versos de Amália (artistic direction, composition, arrangement and an English version of the verses). The disc was rated as the best album of 2014 in Portugal (Expresso and Público).
The voyage goes on…
Some concerts and festivals
• February 2012: Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães, Portugal).
• February 2012: Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal).
• July 2012: Festival Músicas do Mundo (Sines, Portugal).
• May 2013: Festival Tão Longe, Tão Perto (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
• October 2013: Demetria Festival (Thessalonica, Hellas).
• The Society of Portuguese Authors (SPA) selected the disc among the three best albums of 2012.
• The jury of the Sopa da Pedra blogspot elected it as the best album of the year.
• The Expresso newspaper as the 2nd best disc.
• Crónicas da Terra of Terra Pura radio as the 2nd best folk album in Europe.
• Mundofonias of RTVE selected it among the best discs of 2012 in the world.
• Periplus was also nominated for the British fRoots charter with the ten best albums of the year.
• 2002: Radio… +positions, 9.58 fm music producers
• 2003: Alexandria – Athens, Paris Paraschopoulos, Actis Aeliou theatrical company
• 2008: The Gold in the Sky, Michales Loukovikas, Ares Alexandrou
• 2009: Uma Autora, 202 Canções, Amélia Muge
• 2011: O Ouro do Céu / Ares Alexandrou por Michales Loukovikas
• 2012: Periplus / deambulações luso-gregas, Amélia Muge, Michales Loukovikas
• 2012: Periplus / Luso-Hellenic Wanderings (international edition)
• 2014: Amélia com Versos de Amália, Amélia Muge, Amália Rodrigues