About a musical odyssey
A Musical Odyssey showcases the voice of classically trained Australian-Greek mezzo-soprano Katerini Manolatos, classical guitarist Paul Chantrill and bouzouki player Costa Vasili. They are passionate about sharing music that contributes to the multicultural landscape of Australia. “We combine two beautiful pure elements of voice and guitar, then bring in traditional instruments such as the bouzouki to bring authenticity, nostalgia and colour.” Katerini says.
Founded in 2011 they have enjoyed performing in Cairns, Brisbane and Greece and are excited to tour Australia through June in their tour “Songs from Greece”.
Katerini and Paul recently returned from their tour of the Ionian Islands where they were received by the people of Ithaki and Kefalonia with much love and praise. Here they launched their first CD ‘A Musical Odyssey: Songs from Greece’.
Meet the Artists
Katerini Manolatos – Vocalist
Mezzo-soprano Katerini Manolatos was born and raised in Brisbane where she studied classical voice at the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music and later her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Queensland.
Katerini’s love of Greek music comes from her strong connections to her Greek roots from both her mother’s Kytherian side and her father’s Ithacan side. As a young girl she was fortunate to travel to Greece where she was immersed in the musical culture through listening to her father sing “Cantades” in the square with his childhood friends.
Her family’s unswerving encouragement and support meant that she was able to follow her passion to become a professional vocalist, teacher and Music therapist. Katerini continues to give back to the Greek Community in Brisbane and Cairns by singing at Charity functions and fundraisers. Her earliest and first singing performance was singing the Greek Anthem in King George Square to 25,000 people.
As well as A Musical Odyssey performances she has travelled to Greece on several occasions to perform and is an active member of the Cairns music scene. She also runs Hummingbird Music Therapy and Singing where she uses her skills and training to enrich people’s lives through voice and music.
Most recently Katerini and Adam welcomed a little boy and she has been enjoying bringing music into his life.
Paul Chantrill – Guitarist
Paul Chantrill grew up playing music and it has always been central to his life. In adulthood he has embraced the opportunities of working and living abroad and encountering different people and cultures.
Guitarist and Songwriter Paul Chantrill started playing guitar at 9 years old and by 15 was teaching the instrument. He studied with the principal lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and went on to to play in a classical guitar duo for 13 years. He also sang with choral groups in Australia and New Zealand but his first love is composition and exploring world music.
“Music has always been my way of experiencing and seeing the diverse world around us.” After meeting Katerini Paul says he began a new chapter in his own personal, musical journey that tapped into the rich vein of Greek music and culture.
Working with music that is mostly an aural tradition rather than in written form has allowed the group to interpret the music in their own way and Paul has been able to draw from his experience to arrange music in a fresh way”.
While not playing guitar Paul works for the Wet tropics Management Authority and has previously worked for UNICEF and Save the World UK. He also incorporates his love of nature into his compositions.
Costa Vasilli – Bouzouki
Costa was born in Cyprus and migrated to Australia with his parents as a young boy in 1964. At the age of 14 he wanted to learn guitar but his parents preferred that he concentrated on his studies instead.
At the age of 16 he bought his first guitar and taught himself and a year later joined his first band playing rock ‘n’ roll and blues.During his final year in high school Costa taught himself to play the piano by practicing on the school’s pianos at lunchtime every day whenever a piano was available.
He played electric lead guitar in blues and rock bands for the next four years. This provided him with a good foundation for technique development and stage experience. At the age of 21, Costa took interest in Greek music, particularly in the bouzouki. He then bought his first bouzouki and taught himself, formed a Greek band by the name of Freedom and led it for the following 16 years playing at a variety of Greek and non-Greek functions.
Costa has taught guitar and bouzouki for over 30 years and has published the bouzouki method tuition books of Complete Course in Bouzouki. He has played diverse musical styles including Blues, Rock and Roll, Latin, Jazz, and various Greek styles with guitar and bouzouki.