Konstantine Margaritis ́ guitar playing is subtle and lyrical, surrounded by a melancholic tone. His unique ability to become one with the instrument and his natural balance between intimacy and immediacy make the listener forget virtuosity and get lost in the sound. Konstantine's melancholic mood is sweet and nostalgic, imbued with a Mediterranean essence.
With an unusual compositional capacity, Konstantine creates a rare amalgam of different elements, ranging from the passionate portrayal of early Romanticism to impressionistic statements, imbued with a strong temperament of various Mediterranean rhythms and ornaments.
The Greek guitarist and composer moved to Berlin in 2013, and his debut album "Kimata," a collection of original works and arrangements for solo guitar, was released in 2016, setting the tone for Konstantine's ambitions to fuse the contemporary and the traditional. Two years later, his music for trio "Siren Songs" appears under the name Elusive Aura as an amalgamation of his inherent interest in ancient Greek philosophy and manifests his fascination with complex harmonies, strange rhythms and sounds from the Mediterranean. 2019 will see the creation of "Ithaki", a concept album of original compositions for classical guitar with a general thematic substance: the personal journey of self-exploration and self-realisation that we are called to undertake in the adventures, hopes and fears of our lives.
A two-part classical guitar suite, "A Quiet Place" comes in 2020, the composer presents diverse musical vocabulary and diverse musical states as the nine movement suite fluctuates within uncertainty and optimism.
His first connection with music was at the age of 5. He studied music at the National School of Music in Preveza, Greece. Later in his life, he felt he wanted to expand his knowledge and command of the instrument and attended the online section of Berklee College of Music where he was awarded the Paul Simon Scholarship and earned a Master Guitar for his studies in jazz improvisation and composition in 2012. “It was a life-changing experience for me” he recalls, “to be able to learn and communicate with world class musicians and teachers such as Bruce Saunders, Joe Mulholland, Rick Peckham, Jim Odgren and Bruce Bartlett”.
“I very seldom hear somebody play with such a nice classical touch.”
— Frans Elferink – Luthier
“Konstantine Margaritis takes me away with its complex melodies and soulful composition…”
— Adrian Bambace