Influential Greek Musician Lavrentis Machairitsas Dies at 63



Popular Greek rock musician Lavrentis Machairitsas, who has produced dozens of records over the decades, has died in the early hours of Monday, apparently of heart failure. He was 63.

Machairitsas, who had been vacationing at his summer home in the area of Ptelos, Magnisia, was transferred to Volos hospital early on Monday morning and passed away at 6.30 a.m.

Machairitsas was born in Volos and began taking piano lessons at the age of six.

At the age of 20, together with other rock musicians he formed a band called P.L.J. They moved to Paris, hoping for a musical career outside Greece. In 1982, their first album, Armageddon, produced by Giannis Doulamis, was released by PolyGram.

For their second album, they changed their name to Termites and started singing in Greek. In 1984, their third record had a positive reception, and they began gaining in popularity. Giorgos Ntalaras is also featured in this album. In 1986 they released their fourth album. The last studio record from Termites was “Perimenontas Tin Vrochi” (Waiting For the Rain), released in 1988.

Machairitsas began his solo career in 1989 as a writer and performer. His first album was O Magapas Kai I Sagapo, released by Minos-EMI. In 1991 he released Didymoteicho Blues, which was certified Gold.

Rixe Kokkino Stin Nichta was released in 1993 and featured many other artists. Since then he has been working closely with Dionysis Tsaknis, another well known Greek musician. Almost all their live appearances are made together. Their live performances have also been made into records.

In 1995, he released Parathyra Pou Kourase I Thea, considered by many to be his best album yet.

Besides the many albums, Machairitsas and Tsaknis hold many concerts all over Greece during the summer. He has also held concerts with Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Haris Alexiou, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Pyx Lax, Christos Thivaios and many more.