“I want people to forget that they are listening to a guitar”
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 of intimate and immediate allows the listener forget the virtuosity and get lost within the sound. Konstantine ́ melancholic mood is sweet and nostalgic, impregnated with a Mediterranean essence.
With a rare capacity composition, he fuses contemporary and tradition into an amalgam of modern classical lyricism.
The Greek guitarist and composer moved to Berlin in 2013, his debut album “Kimata”, a collection of original works and arrangements for solo guitar; was released in 2016 and sets the tone of Konstantine's ambition for a fusing contemporary and tradition. Two years later, his music for trio “Siren Songs” is released under the name Elusive Aura as an amalgam of his inherent interest in Ancient Greek philosophy and manifests his fascination for complex harmonies, odd rhythms and sounds from the mediterranean.
His connection with music was first established at the age of 5 and studied music at the National School of Music in Greece. Later in his life he felt he wanted to expand his knowledge and attended the online section of Berklee College of Music where he was awarded the Paul Simon Scholarship and earned a Master Guitar certificate 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”.
Solo/As a leader Discography:
Elusive Aura - Siren Songs (2018)
Konstantine Margaritis - Kimata (2018)
“Konstantine Margaritis takes me away with its complex melodies and soulful composition..." Adrian Bambace
“I very seldom hear somebody play with such a nice classical touch.” Frans Elferink – Luthier
“Kimata is an explorative journey of superb classical guitar and jazz music.” Daniel Ondaro