noise, atmospheres and obscure operatic passages will be
mixed with favorite tracks, starting from the 80’s until
today, in a unique personal alchemy of trippy melodies,
gut-punching bass and crunchy beats. The co-existence of
old fashioned with the modern, the analog with the
digital and the ordered with the random will underline
the warmth and familiarity of tunes that some of us
loved and others wished that they had loved.
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Akis Boyatzis appears in
Akis Boyatzis of Sigmatropic appears with
Van Der Graaf Generator's legendary sax player
Lisa Isaksson on "Distress Signal Code" (Musea
Records), the first album from
LÜÜP, the personal music project of flute player
It was the last concert with
Sigmatropic's current lineup at Guru Bar, as lead singer
Anna Karakalou and guitar player Panos Skourtis decided
to fly together to Los Angeles. The band deeply wishes
them good luck in their new musical search in the land
Many thanks to our audience that
greatly supported this phase of the band, that
eventually came to its end.
This column will keep you posted on
the future moves of the band.
dance drama with music by Sigmatropic
The short film "Trapped Inside" by the
film director Dim. Alhatzidis and choreographer
Evi Markati was shown in the city of Ioannina
September 28. It is a dance drama fiction movie based on
the Sigmatropic songs:
Ours at Least,
Crack in the Back,
This Human Body
Twelve dancers and actors through
duets, solo and group scenes reconstruct a trap that
the heroine is setting up for her self drawing material
from her memory or imagination.
Press Release (in greek).
Sigmatropic will step up for the first time on Bar
Guru Bar’s stage (Jazz Upstairs) to showcase their
highly acclaimed CD “Dark Outside” and also their
previous albums “Random Walk” and “Sixteen
Haiku and Other Stories”. Electronic beats and
textures go face to face with electricity.
Sigmatropic: Upcoming Live Dates
Summer Live Dates for Sigmatropic:
European Day of Music
Athens; Klafthmonos Sq.
- Medecins du Monde -
Anti Drug Campaign
Nea Smyrni - Praxis Festival
Stratou - Antiracist
due to venue problem!
We have been
notified from the people in charge of Art
House that a major technical problem
prohibits any musical event in venue within
deeply apologize for this and will keep
everybody posted for the new live date(s) in
the next months.
Sigmatropic and Dr
Atomik live concert, Saturday April 16, Art House (Konstantinoupoleos
Sigmatropic and Dr Atomik
join forces in a double bill concert, Saturday April 16
in Art House (Konstantinoupoleos 46, Gazi, Metro Station
"Keramikos"), which will be the last big musical
event of the winter season.
The audience must be prepared for
surprises, as members of the two bands have previously
collaborated on stage and in their cd recordings.
Admission: 12 Euros; doors open 9:30 pm
Sigmatropic interview in
one of UK's better known musical webzines hosts a
massive interview with Sigmatropic's Akis Boyatzis, on
their previous and recent releases, their musical
influences, their attitude on politics and many more.
Read the whole interview
Excellent ROCK ' N ' REEL
magazine review for "Dark
"...they create an intriguing
mélange, a combination of Portishead, The Walkabouts and
Lee Hazlewood. Vistas of heat and light suggest a
European art movie ambience..."
Read the whole review
Uncut's Rob Hughes under the title "Elegant moodscaping from Greek composer",
finally gives 'Dark Outside"
Read the whole review
Fantastic review in
Penned by John Clarkson, top
UK netzine Pennyblackmusic delivers a
sharp-targeted review for Sigmatropic's 'Dark
to its name, but as befits an album with song titles
such as 'White', 'Red Across the Sand' and 'The Blue
Side of the Sun', 'Dark Outside' is a gorgeous,
kaleidoscopic riot of sound."
Read the whole review
for 'Dark Outside'
The Sun is UK's largest-selling
newspaper. In Friday's Sept. 21 music section, the review
of "Dark Outside" got 4.5 points out of five
(the highest this week along with Devendra Banhart and
"QUITE possibly the coolest sounds to come out of Greece
are these luminous studies in electronica, folk and
rock. Sigmatropic is essentially a vehicle for the
gifted Akis Boyatzis, who creates serene cinematic
soundscapes to frame fascinating vocal performances..."
Read the whole review
Clash Magazine reviews
One of UK's newest and most
respectful music mags reviews "Dark Outside" in their
web site version. Read the whole Clash Magazine review
Release dates for
Sigmatropic's new album
Dark Outside announced
Tongue Master Records
announced September 3
as the release date in the UK for Dark Outside,
Sigmatropic's new album.
The album's release date in Greece
has also been announced by Hitch- Hyke Records to be
BBC 6 music hosted a track out of Sigmatropic's
Gideon Coe from BBC 6 music played
A Song In My Wallet,
taken out from Sigmatropic's forthcoming album Dark
the voices of Robert Fisher and Carla Torgerson) in
Tuesday’s (21 August 07) show.
It will be posted for a few more days, so
listen to it. [Go to “listen again to this show”
and click on Tuesday].
For the track listing click
ELECTRA/ random tragedy
Triumph for the theatrical play
Tragedy" by Alexandra
Papageorgiou, presented Thursday July 12 at Delphi from
Adult Theater Company! Akis
Boyatzis of Sigmatropic signed
the original music.
The international audience that
packed the tree-filled open space close to the European
Cultural Centre of Delphi raved and cheered for ten
minutes after the ending of the show. This was also
clear the following day, during the discussion in a full
auditorium, where questions regarding technical and
cultural details of the play found their answers.
Ours At Least:
new cd-single by Sigmatropic
Ours At Least,
is Sigmatropic's title track in
their upcoming cd-single. In record stores from this
Sigmatropic live at The Small Music Theatre
After a long absence Sigmatropic performed live
at The Small Music Theatre
in Athens, Friday, April 20.
They presented most of their material
which will appear
in their forthcoming album, together with some of their
older numbers from the days of "Random Walk".
Absence Without Leave, Greece's leading post-rock
duo opened the night.
perform at the
European day of Music
three days, June 21, 22
music will be in its best in Athens.
Sigmatropic will perform at Kotzia Square, June 21, 9:30
Free to the public.
Sigmatropic will be showcasing their new material
together with older tunes in Athens' rock venue
Didotou 31, ôçë. 2103606460).
Show starts 11:30ì.ì.
festival is a meeting of dance groups, musical
ensembles, and modern visual artists, for a ten days'
festival (April 28 to May 7) at the Foundation of the
Hellenic World Institution (IME) area, building #5.
Sigmatropic will be showcasing their music
on April 30,
in front of a
mixed public sharing the experience of various art forms
coexisting in the same space.
with Adult Theater in a
Performance titled "Heroes".
Soundscapes and musical actions along with three
artist Christina Papageorgiou
and playwright/director Alexandra
Papageorgiou on heroic
standings in modern times.
Thu 2, Fri 3
and Sat 4 March,
bARTessera, Stoa Praxitellous,
Press Release (in Greek).
Sigmatropic interview on Yugoslav webzine
Akis Boyatzis of Sigmatropic has been
Mileta Okiljević for the cultural
webzine plastelin.com. Stories of the musical
past and present, the alternative scene, the avant
guarde, the sixteen haiku, the near future and many
Read (in Serbian).
SIGMATROPIC: new lineup
now a five-membered outfit
with the addition of
US-born Anna Karakalou.
She made her debut with the band
at the club
Underworld, on December
Sigmatropic delivered a
live tour-de-force in Greece's Rockwave Festival
(Sunday, June 26, doors opened at 15:30), opening for rock giants like Moby
and Sonic Youth.
Fri, June 10
the City Festival
biggest Festival of the Greek Rock Scene is here!
Sigmatropic will be headlining Friday, June 10.
live shows for spring 2005
Sigmatropic will be appearing live:
March 5, (opening act:
Zathiro) at the
House of Art
Saturday, April 16, (opening act:
Zathiro) at Aeras Live
year in reviews
It was a
great year for Sigmatropic reviews in the media all over
Aftermath of two great
Sigmatropic wish to thank all those who helped and
witnessed their opening show
and the Bad Seeds
in Athens and Thessaloniki. The
thousands of warm and enthusiastic Greek fans
shown a true way for the alternative music scene in this
live at the
Small Music Theatre, November 12
will start the new
concert season at the Small Music Theatre, Friday
November 12. Along with the Sixteen Haiku, new material
and some Carla Torgerson songs will be performed. Video
projections by Yiannis Nikolaou.
interviews in Australian media
"Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories"
cd seems to be making such an impression
Down Under, that a number of Australian media (radio
stations and printed media) feature interviews with
Sigmatropic's Akis Boyatzis.
first solo album
first Carla Torgerson solo album, titled
Saint Stranger has been released from
License for the Greek market to Hitch Hyke records.
This album has been the fruit of collaboration between
Carla Torgerson and Michael Willet with Akis Boyatzis
member for Sigmatropic
Theo Pistiolas, keyboard player since
the earliest Sigmatropic days and dear friend of
everybody in and around the band has to stay away from
the upcoming scheduled performances of the band because
of repositioning his job locus some 300 km west of
Athens. kappa MYSTA (far right in photo) has been assigned as the new
keyboard player in the live lineup.
in a massive article on Pop Music and Poetry
weeks ago, a massive article on Pop Music & Poetry
appeared all over the United States as a syndicated
article. In this expose, poetry & literature's
relationship with modern music is briefly outlined with
a mention of the Sigmatropic album “Sixteen Haiku and
Other Stories”. The links below are examples from the
equivalent articles that appeared in the Florida & New
Jersey Press. Click on either link for the article.
Floridian: Rock,pop and prose
feature in the European Day of Music
Carla Torgerson (The Walkabouts)
appeared in the
European Day of Music
in Athens (Monday,
Carla Torgerson collaborates with Akis Boyatzis
for her first solo album
Akis Boyatzis of
Sigmatropic is in the studio with Carla Torgerson
(singer of the Walkabouts)
first solo album titled "St. Stranger". Musicians from
Seattle and Athens will participate marking the first
collaboration between the two cities in an album.
Carla Torgerson live in
Athens and Larissa
Sigmatropic, together with Carla
Torgerson (The Walkabouts) appeared on the stages of B
Live in Larissa, Friday, May 7 and
of Mousiki Skini ston Aera in Petroupolis
(western suburbs of Athens),
Saturday, May 8. The songs from their
latest CD "Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories" and material
from Carla Torgerson's forthcoming CD titled "St.
Stranger" were performed.
Be The Voice?
12" vinyl Sigmatropic release by Tongue Master
The new Sigmatropic 12" titled Could
that be the Voice? has been released on
180 gsm vinyl in
the UK by
Haiku One & Haiku Four -extended remix (MARK MULCAHY). Haiku10
(CARLA TORGERSON version),
(JAMES WILLIAM HINDLE),
and Haiku 11 (EDITH FROST).
for the official press release.
Sixteen Haiku in the
of January is marked as the first day of the release in
the US of "Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories" by Thirsty
Ear Records. Already airplay and the response by the
music press has been very encouraging.
wishes for the year
The year 2003 has been the most
productive for Sigmatropic.
Haiku and Other Stories" has been released in Greece,
Europe, Oceania and North America. Concerts,
collaborations, exposure to the International Press,
record reviews greatly marked the musical year.
Our gratitude for all those who believed
in our effort! Next year will bring even more activity.
Spread the Sigmatropic word.
Pinkie Maclure /Lumen
Athens: Small Music Theatre,
December 19 & 20
Sigmatropic collaborated on stage with Scottish avant guarde singer
Lumen for two concerts, on
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 December at Small Music
Theatre, Athens and 21 December in the city of
Patras ("Droseriko"). Water Warm,
the track that Pinkie delivers in
Sixteen Haiku And Other Stories,
together with some more numbers were performed
live. Lumen also played tracks
from their latest CD This Day And Age.
A feature article on Sigmatropic
appeared on the December issue of
according to which the CD Sixteen Haiku and
Other Stories "is far more interesting than the garden
Haiku and Other Stories
[…] is nonetheless one of the most fascinating and lovely
creations of the year" according to a recent article
(November 19) in
Rolling Stone signed
by Andrew Dansby.
Press coverage please visit the
Haiku and Other Stories
(Hitch Hyke/Tongue Master Records)
and Other Stories
is on its way to the shelves.
Eighteen artists render their vocals
to music based on the poetry of the
great Nobel Laureate George Seferis.
The CD is already released in Greece
by Hitch Hyke
Records, in the UK (October13)
Master Records and Italy (same date) by
White and Black.
Out soon in Australia (Inertia
Music), Spain (Discmedi), the US (January
Ear) and Germany (distribution by
Germany). Initial limited quantities will curry a
special bonus disc.
it will be followed by a limited 12" EP/vinyl release
titled "Could That Be The Voice?" by Tongue
Master records with (unreleased)
alternate Sigmatropic takes.