This is a short note about one of my favorite greek bands, Avaton (gr: Αβατον)
Its very sad to know that there is no information at all about them on the internet.
It is disappointing…
The band was discovered by Manos Hatzidakis, one of the most famous greek musicians, by the late 80s who signed them and released their first album through his label, Seirios, late in the 80s.
AVATON – Hymenaon
Avaton had a unique music style, trying to put in melody the poems of the ancient
greek poet Sapfo and because of that…they were singing in ancient Greek.
Mixing Byzantine music with modern instrumentation, Avaton was becoming on stage a 14 piece band trying to achieve an atmosphere of oriental mystery.
The band released a second album through FM Records (always Greece) during the early 90s.
They performed live in the WOMAD festival in Belgium in 1997 but little was known to the
Greek audience mostly because an other Greek singer, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, (dealing
mostly with bouzouki style music) perfomed at the WOMAD the night before them..
AVATON – Aerion Epeon Arhome (gr: αερίων επέων άρχομαι)
By that time the band was signed to Lyra Records and during the same year
they released a double CD album featuring material mostly from their past albums.
They also worked with the great Egyptian singer Natasha Atlas, known for her works with
The following vid is realy bad and I don’t like its quality BUT it will give you an idea of their work with this lady.
Natasha Atlas ft. Avaton – Yeranos
They were singing in Greek…but…ancient Greek…and this is propably why the Greeks never heard of them.
A more detailed postcan be found on the blog of Urban Aspirines here.