The greek voice of Oneira, Maria Simoglou has been gathering exquisite pieces of the traditional Rebetiko repertoire. Surrounded by the best greek musicians of the new generation, Periklis Papapetropoulos, Harris Lambrakis, Stephanos Dorbarakis, Stratis Psaradellis and Kostas Meretakis, she is offering us her vision of this timeless and so topical music.
Born in Thessaloniki, in the north of Greece, Maria Simoglou had the opportunity to get acquainted with a rich music culture through the study of the traditional music of Macedonia, Thrace and Asia Minor and her studies at the music high school and various conservatories in her hometown (quânun, percussion and oboe).
After the conclusion of her studies in oboe at the State’s Conservatory of Thessaloniki, she continues in the field of singing / music-theater at the Berlin Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule”.
From a very early age she began various collaborations in traditional, classical and contemporary music performances, participating in concerts, festivals and seminars in Greece and abroad
After two albums with the band Oneira, and many collaborations, Maria Simoglou presents her brand new rebetiko album : Minóre Manés. Rebetiko is haunted with stories of sailors and convicts from the early 20th century. It is a fascinating repertoire, somewhere between sentimental song, social protest and Eastern poetry.