Ithaki is a concept album, and it consists of seven original compositions for classical guitar with a general thematical substance; the personal journey of self-exploration and realisation that we are called to carry out in our life's adventures, hopes and fears.
- Psyche; don't fear!
- Pleasure and joy
- Circe, Calypso
- Always beginning
Produced by Konstantine Margaritis
Engineered and Mastered by Konstantine Margaritis at the Soulstone Studio, Berlin during November 2018
Artwork Design by Theodora Dakoula
Pleasure and Joy is dedicated to Magdalini
Released on 05 April, 2019
Ithaki is all about the personal journey of self-exploration and
I guess we never really know what defines us at the time it is happening, things have a certain way to accumulate and grow in our systems, and when the time comes, effortlessly, feelings and thoughts find their way to express themselves. For me, that process manifests through melodies, harmonies and rhythms mostly, sometimes it all happens
While my first record was about putting some great songs together, in this record even if the music covers a plethora of emotions, all of it comes from the same place and in a sense was an effortless creation. Actually, it took me less than two weeks to compose all the songs for the album - except for Pleasure and Joy which was done a few months earlier - but over a year to understand them.
Like my first album, I recorded this one at my home studio. I like to produce my albums myself, there is less talking that way, more thinking and lots of trial and error but I don’t have to explain to someone else what I'm searching for. This is also why solo performances can be so satisfying and haunting - not to say that I don't enjoy playing with others, I do, but it is a different kind of evolvement sharing a stage with other people to be all alone with the guitar; naked and fragile.
This is my story, and I'm thrilled to be able to share it with you.
“Beautifully written and performed by composer/guitarist, Konstatine Margaritis, Ithaki is musical journey that takes the listener to another, more romantic and daring realm. With pieces ranging from soft lullaby-like ballads to darker and more passionate epics, the seven track album is as varied as could be for the solo classical guitar genre. Performed and produced expertly by Margaritis himself, the artist displays and wealth of knowledge (both technical and musical) of the guitar and recording in this incredible sounding work. Although not the first record of this type by Margaritis, one can hear an evolution in musicality, improvisational skill and compositional style in creating the uniquely modern yet ancient sounding, Ithaki.”
— D. Ondaro, guitarist