Thanasis Kleopas based in Thessaloniki is a greek- cosmopolitan self-taught musician. After leaving his work as an electrical engineer, he began to travel and live through music. He has spent time and performed in many countries such as Thailand, Japan, India, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
The compositions of KLEOPAS consist of a melting pot of world music sounds revisited through their own personal filter. As Greece is the crossroad of Europe, Asia and Africa, so is the sound of NAMASTE, a way for its members to musically express this crossing of cultures!
On stage, KLEOPAS plays their own compositions in different languages such as Greek, English, French or Spanish and which always include a strong element of improvisation. Besides they include in their program songs that enable the listener to travel to different countries such as Kenya, Mali, South Italy, Celtic or Gypsie lands, without forgetting their own homeland through covers of traditional or rebetika songs played with their characteristic ethno-jazz sound.
KLEOPAS and his Band had shows in some of the most well-known places of Athens and Thessaloniki and have represented Greece at the International Festival of Ohrid, Skopia.
They also participated in the Ethno-Jazz Festival of “Dimitra”, the Mushroom Festival in Grevena, the Global Beat Festival in Kalamata and in Pyraeus and the Grito Rock Festival in Thessaloniki.
Thanasis Kleopas has been involved in the World Movement for Seed Freedom through its collaboration with Peliti, a Greek association for the protection of the biodiversity and for the conservation and free distribution of traditional seeds. Kleopas has been performing concerts for the last eight years at the Peliti Seed Exchange Festival in Paranesti.
Since 2007, KLEOPAS has been playing in different places in Santorini for an international audience where they gained the reputation of being the most popular band.