Greek-Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Katherine Filippeos, just released an EP —available on all streaming platforms— featuring her original composition “Tango for Carlitos.”
It is a song she wrote on the guitar after a colleague gave her a CD of tangos performed by perhaps the most influential artist in tango music, Carlos Gardel.
“I was so moved by the timeless passion that jumped straight into my heart after hearing Gardel’s vocals and the classic orchestration and rhythms of Argentinian tango. Songs like “Mi Buenos Aires Querido” diversified my interests as a composer,” Filippeos said.
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“Tango for Carlitos” is a fun, playful piece that travels the listener through a minor key, a romantic bridge and an exciting key-change that heightens to the perfect feel-good ending. The song is dedicated to Gardel, as depicted in the title with his affectionate nickname “Carlitos.”
Track two of this EP includes Katherine’s original guitar arrangement of “Hotel California.” Beginning with a seductive intro, foretelling glimpses of the melody, it lights up in flames as the familiar notes are played with the fire of a Rumba flamenco. This version features technique and style with layered nylon-string guitar.
Filippeos’ “No Pain No Glory”
In April Filippeos released a single entitled “No Pain No Glory.” It was the second in a series of releases that encourage introspection and self-observation while relating darkness to a polarity of optimism and a positive message.
Marked by Filippeos’ eerie vocals & harmonizations, her performance exhibits her fine command of the guitar. It features beautiful arpeggios and powerful rasgueados, and is strongly influenced by her formal studies in classical guitar and flamenco.
The music takes the listener on a journey to the inner self and the struggle to release human pain by deep understanding; “It is through our pain that we develop our complete power to face challenges and rise to glory,” Filippeos says.
Filippeos graduated with an A.R.C.T. in guitar performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music where she has received scholarships and a silver medal award. She is an experienced educator and adjudicator.
Katherine’s current and upcoming works are organic recordings, featuring skilled performances exclusively on guitar and vocals. Follow Katherine on Spotify and instagram and be the first to know of upcoming releases and when they go live!
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