New Orleans - Stavro (Tiny Desk Contest 2023 Submission)
Greek American singer-songwriter Stavro released his album, Akoma: Songs for Greek America, in December 2020. The ten-track Greek-English fusion project was recorded and produced by Ben Brodin at the esteemed ARC Studios, the internationally sought-after recording studio which has welcomed artists like Jason Mraz, Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes and She & Him.
Akoma is the follow-up to 2019's Chances, which Stavro also enlisted Brodin to produce. The duo reunited this summer in quarantine for a new challenge: fusing Stavro’s acoustic-pop sound with the music of Greece. Stavro has been penning songs in English and composing for half a decade, but began to weave Greek into his lyrics this year. He also added a new instrument to his repertoire: the Cretan lute.
“I told Ben that I’d been experimenting with Greek lyrics, rhythms, melodies… I wanted to make a record out of it. I had no idea where to begin, or how he would respond to the idea,” Stavro said.
Brodin’s response? “I love a challenge.”
The two began work on ten songs that cover a wide expanse of Hellenic musical tradition, all tinged with Stavro’s lyrical sensitivity and Brodin’s vivid production. “Katerina” is a springing Kalamatiano, while “Zeibekiko Tis Nemeas” is a forceful, crashing tribute to the legendary dance. The album’s emotional centerpiece is “An Den Eho Sena,” a soaring piano ballad.
“Greek Americans are moved by both Hellenic and American music—we even weave the two languages together when we speak—but we need music that expresses that dual character,” Stavro said. “We deserve art that mirrors our unique identity, that honors our story. This album is not a final word, but a first step. I hope it stirs in others a desire to create, collaborate, and dive into the treasures of Hellenism.”
Stavro: Taking 'Chances' On His Own Terms
"After graduation, Stavros Piperis, BC ’19 was sure of one thing—he had a collection of music memorializing his college years, and he wanted to turn those into professional recordings. Even if the songs weren’t heard by anyone but him, he wanted to make sure he heard them in their best possible form. For most, a professional recording is a lofty goal—but some, like Piperis, have the determination to see it through."
Greek-American Singer-Songwriter, Stavro, Releasing Debut Album
"Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Stavro will release his debut album, Chances, on Friday, Dec. 6. The ten-track acoustic pop project was recorded and produced by Ben Brodin at the esteemed ARC Studios, the internationally sought-after recording studio which has welcomed artists like Jason Mraz, Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes and She & Him. “I think this sounds far too good to be his first record,” producer Ben Brodin said."
Stavros Piperis Discusses ‘Sing It to the Heights’ Win
"Stavros Piperis, MCAS ’19, took the stage in front of three Jesuit judges and a packed Robsham Theater on the evening of March 1 with two things on his mind: the lyrics to Zac Brown Band’s 'Colder Weather' and the make-it-or-break-it importance of the loop pedal beside his foot."