Ilias Papantoniou

As a percussionist from Greece, Ilias Papantoniou blends contemporary Mediterranean with Latin music.

His experiences as a classical percussionist in Symphonic Orchestras and Philarmonic Bands lead to touring over 10 countries in Europe for 6 Europeans tours. Soon after, Ilias gained international recognition by living, playing and leaning from virtuoso darbuker Misirli Ahmet in Turkey as well as the Cuban latin percussionist Yoel Paez and Victor Mendoza at Berklee College of Music-Valencia. Ilias has recorded and performed with many artists from 32 different countries, and has contributed as an artistic board action member of “Percuaction” Global Percussionist Network representing Greece. He has also given several workshops in many countries (Spain, Greece, Ecuador) about the Contemporary Mediterranean Grooves.
He now resides in Santorini, Greece before moving to the US and regularly composes, performs and records world fusion music using his own unique style to build a bridge between cultures.

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Casa Arabe Concert Series: Tres de Tres

Nov 27, 2014 / 14

The first Casa Arabe concert this semester is by a group of Berklee Valencia students entitled Tres de Tres (Three of Three), so named to commemorate the series' third concert performed by a trio of students. The trio consists of violin player Yarub Smarait of Jordan, percussionist Ilias Papantoniou of Greece, and bass player Juan Manuel Guevara of Venezuela performing a repertoire from Mediterranean, Arabic, and Latin traditions.

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Concert by the trio ‘Tres de tres’ at Casa Arabe

Nov 27, 2014 / 10

This afternoon, the Auditorium of Casa Arabe of Madrid (62 Alcalá Street) will host a concert performed by the musical trio Tres de tres, made up of Ilias Papantoniou, percussion (Greece); Yarub M. Samarait, violin (Jordan), and Juan Manuel Guevara, double bass (Venezuela). All these musicians are part of the Mediterranean Music Institute of Berklee College of Music.

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