Giannis Arapis (1994) is a guitarist based in Athens, Greece who performs, composes and improvises experimental rock and jazz music. His main purpose is to help establish the electric guitar as a melodic voice in avant-garde music, thus showing how you can create chaos with melodic phrases. Some of his main influences are the first free jazz saxophonists, as well as classical composers such as Bella Bartok and Shostakovich. He has played and recorded with Noël Akchoté, Mats Gustafsson, Eva Lindal, Johan Berthling among others. Some of his notable groups in noise rock and free jazz are Mammock and Ramdat
Kawol Samarqandi is a composer and improviser of guitar from seaside Japan. His compositions are delicate fragments of incredible beauty and introspection.
Ramble Records is an Independent record label based in Melbourne, Australia specialising in an unapologetically disproportionate amount of guitar-based music (but not limited too) acid folk, avant-folk, psych, free jazz, Indian classical and avant-garde sounds from around the globe.
Thieves’ Lair by Giannis Arapis and Kawol Samarqandi, Ramble Records, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog #RambleRecords #GiannisArapis #KawolSamarqandi
released August 17, 2022
Acoustic guitar with flatwound strings: Giannis Arapis
Acoustic flattop guitar, electric archtop guitar: Kawol Samarqandi
Giannis parts recorded by Kimon Vlachakis at Aux studios, Athens – 7th of December 202.
Kawol parts recorded by Kawol at 432den, seaside – 18th, 20th and 21th October 202.
Editing by Kawol
Photograph: Nick Paleologos
Design: Atharwar Deshingkar
Special thanks to Michael Sill