Haris Alexiou


Haris Alexiou appeared in the Greek musical scene in the early '70s. Her charismatic voice, combined with a unique way of performing and a strong scenic presence, very soon led her to the top. Today she is still at the top, always working hard, always seeking new ways of expression and always giving prestige and value to the contemporary light and popular Greek music. She has worked with the most important Greek songwriters, has performed at the greatest musical theatres in all five continents and has received several important awards.
She has had over thirty her own albums recorded, has participated in albums of other artits, either renowned or young and promising, being always open to new ways in music.
In September 2003, the new Haris Alexiou album entitled "Too the End of your Heaven" was released. It includes thirteen songs written by various composers and lyricists. Four of these songs are written by Haris Alexiou. The rest are written by well known Greek songwriters as Antonis Vardis, George Theofanous, Manolis Famelos, "Ekinos + Ekinos" (Tassos Voyadjis and Solon Apostolakis), Makis Seviloglou, Panayotis Yatrakos and Sophia Argyropoulou. Two of the songs are performed by Haris Alexiou, one with Yannis Kotsiras and one with Filipos Pliatsikas of the PYX-LAX group. It is a work that compiles a variety of styles including the "laiko" (traditional popular music), ballads and modern songs, but all with a common concept regarding the sound. The whole work is characterized by a direct approach to the public as it includes thirteen short subjects in which every listener can discover something of themselves.
The first important step in her career was her participation whith George Dalaras in the album "Mikra Asia" (Asia Minor") written by Apostolos Caldaras and Pythagoras in 1972. A historic album, the biggest hit of the '70s and rightfully included in "MINOS-EMI's 100 Greatest Hit of the Century".
In 1973 Haris participates in the albums "Kalimera ilie" ("Good Morning, Sun") by Manos Loizos and Lefteris Papadopoulos,"Byzantinos Esperinos" ( "Byzantine Vesper") by Apostolos Kaldaras and Lefteris Papadopoulos and Odos Aristotelous"("Aristotelous Street") by Yannis Spanos and Lefteris Papadopoulos. Meeting Manos Loizos was the beginning of a lifelong friendship and a prolific cooperation.
In 1975, her first personal album "12 'Laika' Songs" is released. One of them, "Dimitroula" becomes an all time standard.
The same year, she appears in "boites" in Plaka, imposing a new way of presenting songs, completely different from the conventional big night clubs. It is the first year after the fall of the military junta, a time for the political songs and the revival of "rebetika" songs, and Haris Alexiou sings traditional songs, ballads, modern songs, folk songs and rebetika.
For long periods of time, she appears with George Dalaras, Dimitra Galani, Basilis Papakonstantinou and Yannis Parios. Her concerts in stadiums and theatres, with songs written by Loizos, Papadopoulos, Nikolopoulos, Spanos, Theodorakis, Kuyumdjis and others, are extremely successful. Her popularity reaches its peak. Since then, she is "Haroula of Greece".
In 1979, the album,"Ta tragoudia tis Haroulas"( "Haroula's Songs") is released. Manos Loizos had written the music and the lyrics were written by Manolis Rassoulis and Pythagoras. From this album,"o Fantaros" ( "The Soldier") immediately becomes a big hit, while " Ola se thymizoun"("All Things Remind Me of You") is considered one the most beautiful Greek ballads of all time.
The '80s start with two enormous hits: "Fevgo" ( "I'm Leaving") and "Ximeroni" ( "The Day Breaks").
"Songs of Yesterday", her album together with Dimitra Galani includes ballads which fascinate the public. At the same time she records traditional and folk songs, rebetika and laika, and gives concerts both in Greece and abroad.
1983 is the year of the album "Tsilika", a collector's item, with old rebetika songs written between 1900 and 1935.
1986 is the year of her first cooperation with composer Thanos Mikroutsikos. The album is entitled "I Agapi ine zali" ("Dizzy with Love") with lyrics by Alkis Alkeos, Nikos Kavadias, Andreas Mikroutsikos and Babis Tsikliropoulos. The title song becomes an enormous hit. "Eleni" and "Erotikon" from the same album, are also extremely successful. The same year Haroula conquers the French public appearing in "Theatre de la Ville", getting dithyrambic reviews from the French press. After that she gives concerts in Cyprus, Tunisia, Germany and many towns all over Greece.
In 1987, world famous Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis invites her to appear in his club "Sirius" with the "Unpredictable Songs". He directs her and later he goes to the recording studio with her. The summer of this year, she sings in Hadjidakis' concerts in many Greek towns.
In 1988 she works with "Fatme" a group of young and talented artists. She also works with Paolo Conte, well known Italian singer ang songwriter. They appear together at the Palace Theatre of Athens. She has two of his songs recorded with Greek lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou.
In 1989, "The Show in on". It is the musical show which she presents for two years, together with Dimitra Galani and Yannis Parios, in Athens and Thessaloniki. An album with the same title resulted from this work.
In 1989, "The Show in on". It is the musical show which she presents for two years, together with Dimitra Galani and Yannis Parios, in Athens and Thessaloniki. An album with the same title resulted from this work.
1990 begins with her second cooperation with Thanos Mikroutsikos. The album is entitled "This Cologne Lingers on for Years" with lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou. In October of the same year, she participates in the most Important concert of the decade in Peace and Friendship Stadium of Athens. In this festive concert, called "Our Own Night", all the big names of the Greek show business are present. Yannis Parios, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Dimitra Galani, Chris Nikolopoulos. Alkistis Protopsalti, George Sarris, George Zambetas, Lakis Lazopoulos and the legendary Melina Merkouri.
In 1991 she appears in Attikon Theatre of Athens with a special show Called "In Three Acts". In the first act she sings songs by Hadjidakis, Loizos, Mikroutsikos and Brecht-Weill. In the second act she hosts certain groups of modern Greek music and presents songs written by herself. The third act is a medley with her hits, old and new. She then presents this show in the State Theatre of Northern Greece, which for the first time accepted a Greek singer in its stage.