Nikos Koulouris

Nikos Koulouris

Musicians | Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Athens

Koulouris is an artist whose relationship with music is on a deeper, personal level, which consequently adds layers of feelings to his compositions.

—Lauren Rogers, All About Jazz

Updated: November 22, 2023

Born: April 7, 1970

Nikos Koulouris, mostly known for his passionate Saxophone performances, is a Saxophonist - Professor of Saxophone, Music Producer and Composer based in Athens, Greece. As an educator, he has been a distinguished professor of Saxophone at the “National Conservatory” of Greece since 2005 and at “Phillipos Nakas Conservatory” since 2018.

He has been teaching both Classical and Modern-Jazz Saxophone. As a music soloist he has performed in Theatrical Performances, as well as in clubs, live stages, auditoriums. He has performed in concerts with the “Big Band” and the “Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens”. He has also performed with the all-time Classic Pop singer of Olympians, PASXALIS Arvanitidis, and the famous American Pop, Soul singer-performer, Julie Mascino.  In October 2013 he founded "The Groove Attack Big Band". Together, they released two singles with FmRecords, “polles fores” and “since you want it” (afou to thes), both covers of Manolis Xiotis’ songs.

Nikos’s personal discography though was launched in 2011 with his debut EP “dare to dream”. In 2013 he Released his new single, "Shine on me" with FmRecords, produced by Aural Fragment, featuring Maria Morris in vocals. In 2016 he released his inspired cover of Cindy Loper’s “Time After Time”, as well as an Album devoted to the music of “Bregovic”, both released from FmRecords. In 2017 a new album came out covering the music of Simon Kouskounis, “Whisper Not”, and in 2018 he released an EP with four covers of the famous Greek Retro Song “As erxosoun gia ligo”. The song became immediately a hit in all clubs and DJ playlists after it was remixed by Pantelis Kotakis, most widely known as “D.J. Pantelis”. In July 2020 Nikos produced and released “One Moment in Time”, a full album covering his favourite songs from the 80s and 90s as well as new material of his, exploring the boundaries of music in different genres. The album has a Smooth jazz or “pop touch” but Nikos isn’t afraid of getting experimental and break down those boundaries on occasion,...




Greece-based Saxophonist Nikos Koulouris Links Creative Development To Personal Growth

Source: Lauren Rogers

To saxophonist Nikos Koulouris, his creative development is embedded with his personal growth; they reached maturity together. “My evolution as an artist is closely connected to my evolution as a human being. Realizing through the years who I really was and who I wanted to become helped me express myself musically,” Koulouris explained. “Accepting myself, my capabilities, my limitations, my desires, and my dreams gave me a sense of balance and inner peace that helped me free myself musically.” It’s ...

"With his skills on the saxophone Nikos Koulouris gives the album One Moment In Time however an individual character, which makes him stand out from the crowd." Hans-Bernd Hülsmann -

"Although he has an affection for the smooth jazz genre, his creative freedom urges him to go beyond stylistic boundaries and develop his own musical style. This attitude also benefits his new album, which is good for some surprises." Hans-Bernd Hülsmann -

"That's the Way Love Goes is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her fifth album Janet (1993). It is interesting to compare Nikos' interpretation with that of Kirk Whalum on his album For You. Both approach this topic differently, without the variations in quality being noticeable." Hans-Bernd Hülsmann -

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