Biography

Giotis Damianidis (b. 1981) is a Greek guitarist, bassist, improviser and composer.

He grew up in Thessaloniki and lives in Brussels since 2006 where he started exploring music, guitar and bass playing intensively until today. He has performed all over Europe and West Africa playing different styles of music such as free jazz, free improvisation, Afro beat, funk, psychedelic rock with the research and exploration of improvisation being his main occupation and tool of expression the last few years.

He had the chance to share the stage with musicians such as Akira Sakata, Sakis Papadimitriou, João Lobo, Christos Yermenoglou, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Augusto Pirodda, Oghene Kologbo, Tony Allen, Baba Ani, Audrey Lauro, Pak Yan Lau, Balasz Pandi, Gonzalo Almeida, Laurent Blondiau, Pierre Bernard to name a few.

He is leading the chameleon Quintet Punk Kong since 2015, he is co-founder of Act up trio, Don Kapot, Tape is rolling and side man in bands such as Man on Fire, World Squad, Giovanni Di Domenico’s Abschattungen & Ruth Tafebe’s Afrosoulmessengerz.

In 2013 he founded his own label, Mr Nakayasi, home of distinct and diverse music.