Giorgos Amarantidis (1944-2013) οtherwise known as S'imoults, was born in 1944 in Kapnohori, Kozani, Greece and is the son of well known kemenche player Stathis Amarantidis and also Sophia Kavakidou, refugees from Ano Matsuka of Pontos. From a young age he played the kemenche in the company of other musicians many years his senior who were born in Pontus. This influenced his playing style, and resulted in him retaining a very traditional playing technique. 

Between 1973 and 1984 he worked in the theatre of Dora Stratou and traveled to many countries including India and Azerbaijan. He also performed at many events alongside Domna Samiou in Greece and overseas. He has performed in over 40 albums and CD's not only playing kemenche solo, but also with various other acclaimed musicians. He performed at the Opening Ceremony of the World Athletics Championships in Athens in 1977 and also at the Olympic Games Centenary at the Kallimarmaro Panathinaiko Stadium.

Perhaps his most unique production was a CD titled Pontians and Indians released by Saraswati Records in 2001 in which he plays the Pontic kemenche with musicians singing and playing instruments such as the bamboo flute, the sitar and tabla.

Listen to some of the CD's of Giorgos Amarantidis

 

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