16 - October - 2017

Yiannis Kapoulas

Folk - Global Fusion - Instrumental - Mediterranean - World
From Toronto, Ontario

BIO

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Yiannis Kapoulas is an artist that is impossible to define.  He continues to break new ground with his infectious blend of ethno-fusion, World Instrumentals – an unique sound that runs the gamut of influences from Latin, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Classical and Funk. He tours extensively with a 6-piece ensemble comprised of top-talent from Toronto and Montreal; and plays a multitude of exotic stringed instruments with agility, speed, precision and a passion that has been awing music fans at countless festivals across  Canada.

 A Hamilton native of Greek descent, Yiannis Kapoulas’ earliest memory of music is of the many hours he spent deconstructing a traditional Zeimbekiko melody and mapping it out as a mathematical pattern – it seemed to be a puzzle that simply needed to be unraveled.  He was 4-years old at the time. Soon after, Yiannis came to discover the special connection he has with the music. Never having imagined doing anything other than making music, Yiannis has always approached music with a single-minded focus, an obsession to perfect his skill level to match the music he hears within and around him. 

 This musical drive was fostered in a thriving family of musicians. At age 5, Yiannis first took to the stage along side his father George, and elder bother Angelo. The Kapoulas’ band was a popular ensemble engaged for Greek weddings and festivals across North America.  Many years later, George parlayed his ear for music and knack for wood-working when, at Yiannis’ request, he went on to design and hand-craft two one-of-a-kind instruments that would optimize Yiannis’ unstoppable versatility and speed. Now identified as Yiannis’ signature instruments, the Ethno III Acoustic and the Ethno III Electric. The three distinct, exotic sounds afforded by the E-III Electric emulate the lush and melodious tones of the Bouzouki, Saz, and Cumbus. The E-III Acoustic emulates the erotic sounds of the Tzoura, Bouzouki and Guitar.

 After high school, Yiannis set out on his own, leaving his home and family in Canada and moving to Greece.  Night after night was spent honing his skills by performing for Greek audiences who refused to consider that this Canadian transplant could actually have a feel for their traditional music. Yiannis persevered and eventually came to the attention of Greece’s crème de la crème of music.  A move to the country’s bustling capitol saw Yiannis quickly establish a reputation as a sought after session player, a reputation that lead to multiple opportunities to write and produce for high-profile artists.  At the height of his career, Yiannis’ beloved mother Rosalia passed away.  It was a traumatic event that changed the trajectory of not only his musical success but which continues to inspire everything Yiannis has written and recorded to date. 

 His compositions have already garnered international recognition. Competing against entries from every corner of the world, Yiannis won a series of international songwriting competitions.  His list of accolades includes:

 AWARDS:

•           Yiannis released his debut North American CD in July 2010 where he sold thousands of CD's and toured festivals and concert theatres in Canada.  His debut CD garnered Yiannis multiple national and international awards International Songwriting Competition:

•           ISC 2006 - Samba Funk was a finalist in Instrumental Category.

•           ISC 2007 - Matador's Guitar won 1st place in the Instrumental Category.

•           ISC 2008 - Sun In Your Eyes was a finalist in the Instrumental Category.

•           JLC 2008 - (John Lennon Songwriting Contest) Sun In Your Eyes was a finalist in the      

                               Latin Category.

•           ISC 2009 - Olympia was a finalist in the World Category.

•           TIMA 2010 - (Toronto Independent Music Awards) - Won Best Live Acoustic.

•           LME 2011 - (Landmark Events- Battle of the Bands Montreal) 2nd Place Winner.

•           HMA 2011 - (Hamilton Music Awards) Wins 2 Awards

                                1.World Recording of the Year & 

                                2. Special Instrumentalist of the Year

•           ISC 2012 - Canalia (from his sophomore CD, Finalist in the Instrumental Category, results)

•          Yiannis Kapoulas will be releasing his sophomore CD in Spring of 2013

 With two North American CD’s under his belt and a Christmas CD on it’s way, Yiannis endeavours to continue collaborating with other artists and gaining inspiration from all cultures in the hopes of creating music that both transforms and inspires his listeners.

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Gigs

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts - Concert - Oakville, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Beaches International Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Aron Theatre - Campbellford, Ontario Canada - Sunday, June 2, 2013

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts - Showcase - Oakville, Ontario Canada - Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chapters/Indigo Tour - Toronto and Greater Area, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Rialto Theatre - Montreal, Quebec Canada - Saturday, November 24, 2012

Taste of the Danforth - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, August 11, 2012

Oakville Jazz Festival - Oakville, Ontario Canada - Friday, August 10, 2012

Beaches International Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Aron Theatre - Campbellford, Ontario Canada - Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chapters/Indigo Tour - Montreal, Quebec Canada - Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Polish Cultural Centre - Mississauga, Ontario Canada - Friday, October 28, 2011

Chapters/Indigo Tour - Toronto and Greater Area, Ontario Canada - Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stratford Summer Fest on the Barge - Stratford, Ontario Canada - Sunday, August 14, 2011

Festival of Friends - Hamilton, Ontario Canada - Saturday, August 13, 2011

Taste of the Danforth - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, August 13, 2011

Oakville Jazz Festival - Oakville, Ontario Canada - Friday, August 12, 2011

Beaches International Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, July 21, 2011

Westside Concert Theatre - Hamilton, Ontario Canada - Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lula Lounge - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chapters/Indigo Tour - Toronto and Greater Area, Ontario Canada - Saturday, September 4, 2010

Taste of the Danforth - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, August 14, 2010

Beaches International Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, July 22, 2010

Band Members

Yiannis Kapoulas (Yiannis performs with a 5 piece ensemble)

Manager

Rozy Records Management
Rozy Records Management
www.yktunes.com
Email: contact@yktunes.com
Toronto, Ontario
Canada,

Discography

Yiannis Kapoulas
Rozy Records, 2013

Mystic Journey
Rozy Records, 2013