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Spiros Soukis

New York, NY 10036 (map)


Lessons Offered

Bass, Guitar, Music Theory, Ukulele

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

A native of Athens, Greece, Spiros began his love affair with the blues filtered through the British Invasion and guitar masters Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Robin Trower and Jeff Beck. In time he learned about American slingers like Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman and Roy Buchanan. Reading liner notes and recording credits led him to discover the original men behind the music like B.B. King, Freddie King, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.
His studies in guitar, piano and harmonica earned him a Music Theory degree from Athens Conservatory. Spiros performed and toured with the late, great Greek rock legend, Pavlos Sidiropolos. He moved to Stockholm, in the mid '80s, where he continued performing live while teaching music and earning another degree, in Musicology, from Stockholm University. Returning to Athens in the early '90s, Spiros formed the band, That's Why, performed widely, recorded regularly and toured extensively. That's Why opened for a diverse group of musicians ranging from The Pixies to Peter Green­­an early influence.
Spiros self­produced Fota Tou Iliggou (Lights of Vertigo) in 1996. Released in Europe to overwhelmingly positive reviews, Fota was voted “CD of the Month.” Since then it’s been reissued with several songs included in different compilations as well as mashups, bootlegs and mixtapes.
Auspiciously, Spiros arrived in America in 2003, which Congress declared “Year of the Blues.” The following year Transblues (So Well Music), his first English­language CD, was released. Recorded in both Athens and New York, his newly adopted city, Spiros’s U.S. debut features his guitar playing and singing on eight songs that he wrote; plus, two covers, captured live.
The 2011 release, Loveborne Blues (So Well Music), an aural journey through six shades of blue, was well received by fans and critics. Blues Revue, in its review, “Hundreds of Influences = Tons of Potential” wrote this about Loveborne:
...[Spiros’s] music is original as he fuses the borders of past and modern blues....The styles vary from sixties’ blues revival to futuristic space jams.... Soukis’ high energy and versatility with the strings makes him a dangerous man. These songs show a depth of a
musician who has studied and honed his craft well....First and foremost Spiros Soukis is a very well­versed and learned musician. Loveborne Blues appears to be just a tip of the iceberg of what he is capable of creating. I feel like this album is one piece to a 500­piece puzzle that we need years to put together. Some musicians are worth that investment. ....Soukis has put the time into his craft, now it’s our time to make it payoff and listen to what he has to say.
On June 14, 2012, Spiros made his long­anticipated Lincoln Center debut­­a performance that received a mention in The New Yorker. For this special “Meet the Artist” concert Spiros played guitar, sang songs, in Greek and English, and spoke about his musical roots.
Regularly featured at B.B. King Blues Club, the premier place for blues in New York City, Spiros performs in Europe and the U.S in various venues that include festivals, concerts and private events. A versatile recording artist, he creates soundtracks, scores music, does audio design and voice overs for a variety of media­­including films, documentaries and video games. He speaks Greek, Swedish and English fluently.
A frequent guest on “Something Inside of Me,” WKCR­FM, Columbia University, Spiros performs on his acoustic, talks about the music and musicians who’ve influenced him and curates the accompanying playlist of songs. These shows allow him to share his vast knowledge of the history of electric blues and are the basis of a course he created, “How the Europeans Got the Blues.” A gifted teacher, Spiros has several dedicated private students, beginner to advanced­­some of whom are invited to participate in the master jam sessions he hosts in his studio. Many faithful followers of Rockin’ Blues, Spiros’s long­running, popular blog about life as a working musician, who lives in the heart of NYC’s Times Square, enjoy reading his entertaining and engaging music­related posts

My Musical Education Background

Major in Music Theory from the Athens Conservartory in Athens -Greece

Graduate in Musicology from Stockholm`s Univercity  in Stockhom Sweden

Jazz Guitar Studies in Athens Greece

Genres and Subjects Taught

Blues-Rock-Jazz

A guitar virtuoso specialized in Modern Blues-Rock and some Jazz.

Lesson Rates

$80 for an hour in my Conveniently located midtown Manhattan studio

$100 for an hour at the student`s home

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All ages and levels of playing are welcome.

From 12 -80.

 

My Certifications and Awards

Hundreds of Influences = Tons of Potential
While the most common blues names seem to start with “Blind” or “Sonny” or “Junior,” one name you will not find duplicated is Spiros Soukis. His music is original as he fuses the borders of past and modern blues. When I first gave this album a listen I thought of Rory Gallagher’s Blue Day for the Blues compilation. There may be only six songs on the disc, but the styles vary from sixties’ blues revival to futuristic space jams. Soukis’ high energy and versatility with the strings makes him a dangerous man. These songs show a depth of a musician who has studied and honed his craft well.
With six songs on the disc I figured that I’ll take the time to tell you a little about each song. “She Feels So Good” is the most typical modern electric blues song on the album. It’s catchy, has a strong rhythmic pulse, and clean tasty guitar work. Now the second song makes me think that Soukis has some harder roots. “Urban Embrace” reminds me of a Motorhead tune without the distortion or Lemmy. The simple riff and straightforward lyrics that open up the song for the scorching guitar solo let you see another side of this musician. It is not out of place on this album at all, but just shows the variety and amount of musicians that have influenced Soukis. And on that topic, don’t get scared away by the mention of Lemmy because then Spiros goes acoustic and gets as gentle as Dave Van Ronk on “Looking Out My Window.” It reminds me Gallagher’s version of “As the Crow Flies.”
The next two tracks follow a bit of the Joe Bonamassa stylings in the modern electric blues songs. “Come Into My Life” propels ahead with a steady beat that Soukis sings with his six strings. Then the band gets a little frisky as they bring a Latin-flavored beat to “Precious Love.” Again this shows how much complexity is in this music. The closing song is the instrumental track “Lovebourne,” which sounds like it could have been born on a night after hanging out with Jeff Beck. It is clean, quiet, and surreal. An atmospheric way to end an album with so many varied influences in one talented musician.
First and foremost Spiros Soukis is a very well-versed and learned musician. Loveborne Blues appears to be just a tip of the iceberg of what he is capable of creating. I feel like this album is one piece to a 500-piece puzzle that we need years to put together. Some musicians are worth that investment. With the right guidance and direction he could forge a great career for himself. Soukis has put the time into his craft, now it’s our time to make it payoff and listen to what he has to say.
Kyle M. Palarino is a contributing editor at BluesWax

My Musical Influences

The British Blues -Rock guitar masters:

Peter Green,Eric Clapton,Jimmi Page,Jeff Beck,Robin Trower,Alvin Lee,Rory Gallagher,Gary Moore.

American Players :

B.B.King,Johnny Winter,Harvey Mandel,Freddie KIng,Michale Bloomfield.


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