BIO

Of Exaras’s work, Al Di Meola says, “The sophistication and eloquence one can hear makes it clear to me that Spiros Exaras’s way of executing guitar is compelling and beautiful.”

 

A graduate of the Athens Conservatory of Music with degrees in classical guitar and composition, Spiros Exaras is an internationally acclaimed musician, regarded as a master of fusing musical cultures. In his native Greece, Spiros has been a featured player with the Greek National Radio Television Orchestra (ERT), the Orchestra of Colors, Kamerata Symphony Orchestra, as well as working with such acclaimed composers and singers as Yannis Markopoulos, Mario Frangoulis, Alkistis Protopsalti, Evanthia Reboutsika, Elias Andriopoulos, Petros Gaitanos and Kostas Hatzis.

 

Internationally, Spiros has played with such artists as Shirley Bassey, Randy Brecker, Jon Benitez, Hernan Romero, Matt Garrison, Ray Vega, Tessa Souter, J.D. Walter, and Joel Rosenblatt as well as Grammy Award-winners, Dave Valentin, Gerardo Velez and Arturo O’Farrill.

Exaras also played the searing guitar solo on Mariah Carey’s platinum hit, “My All”

 

His film and theater scoring includes Everything For a Reason, Niko’s Restaurant, Just Cause, the plays Gallathea, and The Hand And Hen, in addition to numerous commercials. 

 

DISCOGRAPHY:

 

ALBUMS:

Spiros Exaras plays Kostas Hatzis  (MBI 1992)

Everything For A Reason (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  (Polyglottal Music 2000)

Niko's Restaurant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

(Polyglottal Music 2001)

Gallathea (Original Theatre Soundtrack)  

(Polyglottal Music 2002)

Phrygianics  

(Blue Note, 2003)

Old Waters New River  

(Harbinger/Naxos 2014)

Just Cause (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  

(Polyglottal Music 2014)

Mark Murphy featuring Spiros Exaras Live in Athens, Greece (Harbinger/Naxos, 2016)

Stis Paralies Tou Feggariou (music on the poetry of the legendary poet and writer Iakovos Kambanellis) 

(MLK 2016) 

 

EPs :

Unbounded Blue feat Randy Brecker, Mark Egan, Tom Schuman,

Joel Rosenblatt and more 

(Polyglottal Music 1994)

The Dwarf Planets  

(Polyglottal Music, 2020)

The Magic of Christmas  

(Polyglottal Music, 2021)

SINGLES :

I Will Never Forget  

(AL 2019)

La Ruta  

(Polyglottal Music 2020)

Yanni mou to Mandili sou/Take 5  

(Polyglottal Music, Apollo Music 2021)

Christmas Fantasy  

(AL 2021)

 

Spiros is a guest composer/guitarist on Achilles Liarmakopoulos's (Canadian Brass) "Trombone Atrevido" and "Ethereal" albums, with the compositions "Chorinho Do Sol" and  "Nostos"  and on Lina Orfanos's album "Dream Odyssey" with the song "Dream".