Chris Sarantakis

  

CHRISTOS SARANTAKIS–Instrumentalist

BIOGRAPHY

Christos Sarantakis was born and educated in St. Louis, MO.  His parents were both of Greek heritage and as a child he was always listening to European styles of music, mostly Greek. He attended Maryville College in St. Louis, where he studied Music Education and Music Therapy.

 

Due to his fascination with the Beatles, at age ten he began private guitar instruction. A year later his father Peter brought home a Bouzouki (a Greek stringed instrument in the mandolin and lute family) and he was learning to play it. He encouraged Christos to learn ten Greek tunes on the Bouzouki and promised if he did he would buy him a new Fender electric guitar and amplifier!  In one week’s time, Christos learned the tunes and his father kept his promise.

“Everyone loves the mellow and exciting sound of the Bouzouki, “smiles Christos. “It is amazing how many people I still meet today who are not familiar with this extremely expressive musical instrument.”

Though he plays various styles of music using mandolin, electric, acoustic and nylon string guitars, the Bouzouki continues to be his favorite medium for expressing himself musically. “The sound is authentic, says Christos,” but can easily be mixed with smooth jazz, standards, popular ballads, movies themes and contemporary styles of music.”

 

In 1976 his family relocated to Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area. Christos formed a contemporary Greek band called “Zeus” which performed at various festivals and events. Christos recorded a CD with Zeus entitled, “Santorini Silhouette,” which contains some original compositions.

 

In 1983 Christos got his first cruise ship booking as an instrumentalist sailing in the Alaska inside passage.  This turned into a full time position, (thirty plus weeks per year) as Christos found himself getting bookings on all of the major cruise lines sailing throughout the world. He released a CD entitled “Christos On Stage” which featured popular international tunes he performed while cruising.

 

In 1990, he began a four week contract at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. This four week contract ran for nine years with much success! He recorded a CD with his duet “Strings International” entitled “Strings International Mediterranean Cruise.”

In 2000, he relocated back to the San Francisco Bay Area and made his home in Sonoma, CA. Christos formed a band called “Mediterranean Soul,” which performed at numerous Greek festivals and high end events.

“Performing at Greek festivals is a blast,” says Christos. “The audiences are spirited and excited to embrace the Greek culture.”

Mediterranean Soul released two CD’s. “MedSoul-Contemporary Greek/World Music” and “Anything You Want.”

                        

His newest CD entitled “Discover the Beautiful Bouzouki” presents this celebrated Greek instrument in a new musical genre showcasing the Bouzouki’s exquisite sound enhancing classic melodies.

In 2016 Christos relocated back home to St. Louis, MO. He continues to entertain throughout St. Louis and also performs at various Greek Festivals throughout the USA.

All of Christos’ CD’s mentioned are available for digital download on itunes or at www.csarantakis.com

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