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Written during the quarantine of 2020, “Songs for Acoustic Guitar” is music for two guitars, moving between jazz, blues, and the Mediterranean music tradition. The guitarists Apostolos Leventopoulos (the composer and performer of the album) and George Limakis, aspire to take you on a lyrical journey in the sounds of nature and the forest, a game between pause and rhythm, in silence and contemplation.
With exceptional clarity of tone and a crisp, mellifluous touch, Leventopoulos reveals a refined sense of songcraft and a certain bluesy undercurrent in his phrasing, even in this intimate context. There’s a pastoral sensibility throughout Songs for Acoustic Guitar, from the bright and flowing waltz “Wandering Thoughts” to the minor-key musings of “The River” and “Forest Breeze” and the balladic tranquility of “Sunny Afternoon.” DAVID ADLER (JazzTimes, The Village Voice, Down Beat)
Leventopoulos presents an enchanting, almost dreamy album, with eight moving compositions that take the listener on a journey with their lyricism. A music beyond categorization, full of melodies, images and emotions, an album that is to be heard from beginning to end. Forty minutes of enjoyable and elegantly beautiful music, that seems to spring out of nature scenery, near and far, captivating and pristine. MANTHOS GIOURTZOGLOU
“Songs for Acoustic Guitar”, is a collection of music that evokes memories of songs, despite being instrumental music. Songs with lyrical and minimalistic sounds, simplicity and silence. This is the beauty, the substance of the sound of acoustic guitar. ILAN SOLOMON
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