Eleni and Souzana Vougioukli, two world music performers from Greece, started exploring global music very early and went on to experiment with the potential of human voice as an innate musical instrument. With specific emphasis on the original language and appropriate respect for pronunciation and articulation of each individual form, they sing in more than 20 languages and dialects a cappella or accompanied by piano, guitar and percussions, instruments they play themselves.
Their repertoire consists of traditional songs of various ethnic groups: rebetika and traditional Greek songs in all dialects including that of the Greek speaking community of Southern Italy, Portuguese fado, Spanish, Sephardic, French, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Gypsy, Serb, American blues and jazz, Romanian and Bulgarian as well as their own compositions.
All their songs stand out for their power of expression and their diachronic qualities both in terms of history and geography, whilst the basic focus of their research is on the deeper roots of each song. The long lasting quality of each song, that is, Tradition, the language and the music it carries with it on its journey through space and time, meets up with its modern exposition, its living present, as understood by the artists who make their own transformations and adaptations to the sounds of the times, in their own particular interpretation.
The two performers are characterized by an indigenous authentic and explosive theatricality and passion.
They have worked with many well known artists including Maria Farantouri at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Goran Bregovic, Loudovikos Ton Anoyion, Vasilis Lekkas, Thanassis Papakonstantinou, Ghetonia, Nightfall, Ilias Andriopoulos, Psarantonis and Rotting Christ. They have given concerts of ethnic, classical and traditional music, in the frames of very important events and international festivals. Τhey have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Biennale of Young Artists in Milan, at TedX Athens 2013, at International Mugham Centre in Baku, in both ancient and national theaters, in castles, in museums, in the world unique train-theater “Treno sto Rouf”, in famous concert halls and jazz clubs all aver Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, Bulgaria, the USA, Italy, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Belgium, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Romania, Nepal and elsewhere.
|“Poiish sto elliniko tragoudi”, Maria Farantouri live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus 2003, Legend||“Euripides Iphigenia in Tauris”, Yorgos Kazantzis 2003, Polytropon / fm records||“Samanos”, Thanassis Papakonstantinou & Dionissis Savvopoulos 2008, Lyra-Legend|
|“Poia pathi apo ton eronta”, Loudovikos ton Anoyion 2008, Lyra||“Ayta pou rotas-Live at Kyttaro”, Thanasis Gaifyllias 2010, Lyra||“Thnitario”, Dimitris Karras and Skull & Dawn, 2012|
|“From Makrygianni to Andreas Kalvos”, Ilias Andriopoulos live at the little theatre of Ancient Epidaurus 2013, Polytropon||“Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy”, Rotting Christ 2013, Season of mist||“At night we prey”, Nightfall 2021, Season of mist|
|To Be Safe - 2013 Souel Productions||Eleni & Souzana Vougioukli - 2009 Lyra-Legend||Melitropo - 2000 Songs from Minor Asia, Thrace Cultural Foundation|
|Echoes of the past, director: Nikolas Dimitropoulos 2021||Oi episkeptes (short film), director: Thodoris Papadoulakis (soundtrack) 2015||Massaw (teaser), Klystar Production 2015|
|San Iktos – (Αnimation), by Afroditi Bitzouni, illustration Christos Kourtoglou, indivisuals.net (original soundtrack-videoclip) 2013||Elliptiki trohia (short film), director: Ioannis Protonotarios (original soundtrack) 2007||Young Artists Biennale, Milan, 2015|
Official Vougioukli Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SouzanaEleni
To be safe: https://youtu.be/An8d-M1Huug
Epirus – Thracian: https://youtu.be/auM4tnr6ek8
Cine iubeste si lasa: https://youtu.be/r5atnnm8cpQ