Sophia Bilides Trio

Sophia Bilides is one of the for ost practitioners of the Greek singing style known as Smyrneika, the cabaret tradition of the Greek Asia Minor refugees from the 1930s and 40s. Accompanying herself on santouri (hammered dulcimer) and zilia (finger cymbals), with master percussionist Mike Gregian on doumbeleki (drum) and Tom Babbin on kythara (guitar), she translates and performs every song with the goal of transporting audiences to the convivial, intimate atmosphere of the Anatolian cafe-aman. As a nationally recognized Greek vocalist, she has since performed the music of her heritage in concerts throughout North America, including Lincoln Center and the folk festivals of The National Council For the Traditional Arts. She was also featured in the National Endowment For The Arts' Singing Traditions Tour. Bilides’ lyricist tributes include Witchcraft: The Lyrics Of Carolyn Leigh and Make Someone Happy: The Lyrics of Comden Green. Her seasonal celebrations include the cabaret shows The Summer Knows and Winter Warm, now on CD. In 2010, she celebrated her 10th year of performing at Scullers in Boston with her newest show, A Change Of Sky, songs about moving forward. Her show Putting It Together: The State of the Arts looks at the challenges and rewards of creative and performing artists, and her upcoming CD, Heart's Desire, will feature songs of hopes and dreams by contemporary songwriters.