The Anemos Music Project was formed out of the desire to play Greek Island music in it’s many forms, in it’s traditional style as well as the contemporary “neo-traditional” style, as it currently wildly popular in Greece. The core of this group revolves around the violin and the laouto, however, the beauty of the project is it’s ability to adapt and assimilate as needed for any situation, from a bare bones “Nisiotko Takimi”, to a Greek Folk orchestra (with the addition of Clarinet and percussion), to a full bouzouki style wedding band, and just about everything in between. The Anemos Project has become increasingly popular in the New York area since it’s inception and has been invited to perform at many prestigious events internationally.

John Themelis

John grew up listening to Greek, Armenian, Turkish and Arabic music, and was  interested in the sounds of the Balkans and Near East. Over the years, he has learned to perform on countless musical instruments from all parts of the Balkan/Near Eastern world. Of all of these instruments, the violin and the laouto, have been his main focus,  learning to recreate the strumming and playing style of the Cyclades, Dodekanese, Crete and the Mainland of Greece.   He has performed throught the USA, Canada and Greece with the likes of Nikos Oikonomidis, Nikos Hatzopoulos, Nikos Sofos,  Mavrothis Kontanis and the Maeandros ensemble, Demetri Tashie, Beth Bahia Cohen, Lefteris Bournias, Nikos Kouroupakis (of the renowned Trifono) and many others. He has collaborated with the members of the Internationally known Greek folk group, Endasi, since 2003 and as of 2018, has formed the Anemos Music Project with fellow laouto player, Vasilis Vassiliadis. 

Vasilis Vassiliadis

Vasilis was born and raised in New York City and lived there until he was 7 years old, moving with his family to Karpathos, Greece where finished elementary school and went on to graduate from Aperi High school in 2004. He has been playing the laouto (Greek lute) since the age eight. Vasilis comes from a musical family,  having starting out playing traditional Island Greek Folk Music and later extending his repertoire to include genres from all parts of Greece, inclusive of contemporary styles. After graduating High School, he attended College in Crete, where he continued to build my musical skills though Cretan music. As his musical talents grew, Vasilis was given opportunities to be on the radio as well as on Greek TV.  He returned to the US to pursue a career in Education and currently plays with several different bands at weddings and large events in the North East United States, as well as across North America.

Christos Govetas

Christos was born in the village of Proti, Serres in the province of Serres in Greek Macedonia. After emigrating to Boston in 1978 he joined the Greek rebetiko band Taximi as a bouzouki player and their main vocalist. Since then he has played classical Turkish music on the oud and bendir with The Eurasia Ensemble, Greek, Turkish and Arabic music with Karavani and regional Balkan music with Tito’s Revenge and Akshambelah in the Boston area.

He has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada and Greece and has for the last ten years taught and performed Greek regional music in Camps on both coasts of the U.S. Currently he is a member of the nationally known band Ziyia. He performs regularly with Pangeo and a rebetiko group Pasatempos [1] in the Seattle area. Christos is the 1999 recipient of the prestigious Northwest Folklife Fellowship Award honoring his cultural contribution to the Greek-American and Folk dance communities.

Christos also recorded & toured with Bill Frisell in 2003 on Frisell’s album The Intercontinentals that was nominated for the Grammy Award in 2004.

Dan Auvil

Dan was first exposed to Balkan music through the folk dance scene in the San Francisco Bay Area and was instantly drawn to the music. He was captivated by the sound of the tupan (two-headed drum), in addition to other percussive instruments/ membranophones . He plays with the group Janam and and is a founding member of Edessa and Ziyia.