Stefanos Tsourelis

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Versatile musician high level performer on both oud and guitar. His style ranges from Jazz, Soul and Blues to Mediterranean music.
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Stefanos was born in Larisa Greece and has been playing music from the age of 10. He took his first lessons on the greek Lute by Yiorgos Deligiannis, and later on studied Oud with Kyriakos Kalaitzides. At the age of 17 he started performing professionally as a Guitarist and Oud player in music venues, theatres and festivals across Greece. In 2005 he moved to London and studied at The London Guitar Institute/ Guitar X where he was awarded the ‘Best Guitarist of the Year’ in 2008. Stefanos is well known for his versatility and ability to move across styles and genres on both the Guitar and Oud. His musical style incorporates Blues, Rock, Jazz and Mediterranean sounds. His major influences has been Jim Hendrix, SRV, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck and Wes Montgomery. Stefanos Tsourelis Trio is his main project at the moment. Using the oud and guitar as his vehicle, Stefanos imprints his experiences from Greece and London on his music, taking the audience on an authentic journey that uniquely fuses Mediterranean music with jazz. The collaboration with bass player Dave Jones and drummer Eric Ford allowed the project to creatively evolve to its final form. The trio presented its debut album “Native Speaker” in 2017 and since then it has been performing in the UK and abroad, at venues and festivals including the EFG London Jazz Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, The Vortex Jazz Club, Black Mountain Jazz, the Bulls Head, Jazz Cafe POSK, and the Green Note. Currently Stefanos is ready to release his new album with the Trio in May 2020.

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Stefanos' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Dalia A
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Stefanos is very pleasant to work with and was such a delight during our evening (playing oud). I will definitely call him back if needed for another event

Reply from Stefanos
1 year ago

Thank you very much Dalia. It was a great event at a fantastic venue and I was delighted to perform there.

Maria S
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

No regrets booking Stefanos and his percussionist friend for my engagement party. They were on time, played beautifully, came back to restart promptly after their break, incredibly talented. Our guests were mesmerised by the music (oud and derbekeh) and the playlist smoothly transitioned from one song to the next. Thank you Stefanos for making our evening so special!

Reply from Stefanos
1 year ago

Thank you Maria, it was a pleasure to perform at your engagement party. You were really nice and warm and thank you for booking us!

Ghina H
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you, great working with you.

From other customers:

Amanda P
5 years ago, for a Wedding in 3 Walpole Close
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5 out of 5

We hired the band for a wedding celebration in our garden. Jose made the booking process very easy and he was very careful to make sure we had the right kind of mix of instruments and singer to suit us. He sent a long and varied list of song choices. Requests were also encouraged. On the day the band were professional in every way from setting up to performing a whole beautiful range of songs. There was something to suit everyone. We loved Lee Gold’s voice (and amazing keyboard skills - how I would love to be able to do that!). Harrison Cole’s jazz trumpet was smooth and cool all through, not forgetting the great bass Kevin Glasgow and the fabulous rhythm house that is Jose Sacristan. This band had just the right mix for us of jazzy, cool music while our guests wanted to eat and talk, but could turn up the volume and liven up the beat at just the right time for some dancing. Plus the band were such lovely guys - friendly and warm and had a great rapport with our guests. We have had great feedback from our guests about how great the band were. I can thoroughly recommend booking this band. Amanda Parker

London N
7 years ago

Some words from London Jazz News’ review of the Stefanos Tsourelis Trio’s live performance at Bull’s Head, Barnes Feb 11th 2017: Simple chords suddenly awoken by incredibly fast runs in unison with the bass- one of the amazing variety of timbres in the trio ….. One of Tsourelis’ heroes is John McLaughlin (and his 80s/90s trios with Trilok Gurtu) and you could hear a strong influence. ..... Eric Ford’s sensitive cymbal work was complex, tiny beats scattered between the strokes of the cowbell, often following the rhythm of the melodies... the full drum sound allowed guitar and bass to play in unison without the sense of anything missing …. There were time signatures to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the gig, here 6/8, then 7/8 - Tsourelis studied Greek lute, and its rhythms, in Greece before being introduced to the oud by his teacher…. There was a wonderful sense of the trio grooving together very intuitively ….. The gorgeous chord melody head and Metheny-esque solo lulled us, the repeated phrases recurring like waves….. Moody and minor, with fast, rising, almost flamenco riffs caught in the net of the spacey chords ….. Spancil Hill, an Irish tune, was the only one not written by Tsourelis, and the sweet melody nestled among oriental trills. Dave Jones’ solo was beautifully melodic as well as percussive …..

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Stefanos' Song list

Solo Oud Repertoire
Ticaraca Tchoub – Maurice El Medioni
Parfum de Gitane – Anoir Brahem
Alf Leila We Leila (Umm Kulthum),
Bint El Shalabiya (Fairuz)
Kan el Zamaan (Fairuz)
Longa Shahnaz – Turkish Classical
Halfouine – Anoir Brahem
Nihavend Longa – Turkish Classical
Foq El Nakhal
Lamma Bada
Astrakan Café- Anoir Brahem
Il Halwa Di – Said Darwish
Dulab Hijaz
Tamhela Susinak
Erotokritos Greek Cretan
Sultani Yengiah Longa
Muhayyer-Kurdi Saz Semaisi (Sadi Işılay)
Tahmela Soznak
Kurdili-Hicazkar Longa (Turkish Classical)
Seddi Araban Saz Semaisi (Tanburi Cemil Bey)
Kürdilihicazkar Saz Semaisi (Kemani Tatyos)
Uşşak Saz Semaisi (Neyzen Salih Dede)
Konstantis (Greek Traditional)
Hüseyni Saz Semâisi (Lavtacı Andon)
Muhayyer Saz Semaisi (Tanburi Cemil Bey)
Solo Guitar Repertoire
Rock& Blues
Ain't No Sunshine (B. Withers)
Layla (E. Clapton)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (G. Harrison)
Blackbird (P. McCartney)
Always on My Mind is W. Carson, J. Christopher, M James
The Thrill is Gone (BB King)
I Got a Woman (R. Charles)
I Say a Little Prayer ( Bacharach, H. David)
In My Life (Lennon–McCartney)
Sunny (B. Hebb)
Englishman in New York (Sting)
Voodoo Child (J Hendrix)
Riviera Paradise (SRV)
Cause We Ended as Lovers (S. Wonder)
Isn't She Lovely (S. Wonder)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (N. Whitfield, B. Strong)
Little Wing (J. Hendrix)
Can't Find my Way Home (S. Winwood)
Ordinary People (J. Legend)
Reeling in the Years (Steely Dan)
Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)
Isn't She Lovely (S. Wonder)
Tears In heaven (E. Clapton)
Valdez in the Country (D. Hathaway)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
Light My Fire (The Doors)
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
(Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong)
My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder)
I Don't Need No Doctor (Ray Charles)
Lenny (SRV)
Use Me (B. Withers)
Feel Like Makin' Love (Gene McDaniels)
I Can't help It (S. Wonder)
Mystery Train (Elvis Presley)
Have you Ever Seen the Rain (J. Fogerty)
Lovely Day (B. Withers)
Old Love (E.Clapton R. Cray)
Just the Two of Us (G. Washington)

Stefanos' Prices

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Standard Prices
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Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£280
Up to 3 hours£320
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
World music, Jazz, Blues, Greek music
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Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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