Angélique Ionatos discusses her relationship with her native country - Greece - and sings a song in Greek while playing the guitar.
Born in Athens in 1954, Angélique Ionatos leaves the Greece of the Colonels with her entire family in 1969 to obtain refuge in Belgium and then in France. A guitarist, singer and composer, she recorded a first album with her brother in 1975, Résurrection, which won the Charles Cros Academy's prize.
But it was when she put some great names of Greek poetry to music, such as yesterday's Cavafy or today's Odysseus Elytis, that Angélique Ionatos's solo career truly took off, in 1978, with I Palami Sou. This album, which also won a Charles Cros Academy award, showed audiences her strong affinity for the poetry of her native country, more specifically, that of Elytis (1979 Nobel Prize in Literature), whom she will never cease honouring (O Helios, O Heliatoras in 1983, Le Monogramme in 1988, Parole de Juillet in 1996 - and especially Maria Nefeli (Marie of the fog) in 1984, a vast two voice cantata that marked the end of her solo recitals...). Pursuing her exploration of the Greek soul, Ionatos recorded Sapho de Mytilène in 1992 and then Mia Thalassa in 1994 over music by Mikis Theodorakis.
At the turn of the century Chansons Nomades and D'un Bleu Très Noir opened the singer's world to the multiple cultures of the Mediterranean basin. Her last two albums, Alas pa'volvar (2003) based on Frida Kalho's journal and Eros y Muerte (2007) seem to confirm this stylistic evolution toward a more hybrid and mixed universe.