“Abyssal sky” is the first offering from Freedom Candlemaker’s forthcoming album Beaming Light.

Greek Cypriot musician, composer and producer Lefteris Moumtzis – lead singer of J.Kriste, Master of Disguise, Trio Tekke, founder of the indie label Louvana Records – has announced his first solo album, under his new moniker Freedom Candlemaker, titled Beaming Light and coming out in February via Inner Ear Records. He’s also shared a new song “Abyssal Sky”.

Lefteris Moumtzis –“We started recording in December 2016 with Alex Bolpasis in Athens. Me and Alex have been friends for many years, studying together in England. Upon his return to Athens, we produced together the album “Girls, Ghosts and Gods” that I released in 2009 as J. Kriste, Master of Disguise. With Beaming Light we wanted to take the sound a step further. We worked slowly but steadily for two years, gradually refining the sound of the tracks. Abyssal Sky was the first piece we worked on and we thought it would be ideal to be the first one to go out. I sing, play bass, guitars and keyboards, Mike Kapilidis plays drums and Dimitris Chatzizisis guitars.”

Freedom Candlemaker is a direct translation of Lefteris Moumtzis’ name into English. Lefteris is a Greek-Cypriot musician, composer and producer, living in Lefkosia, Cyprus. Apart from his solo releases, and various collaborations, he is the founder of the independent record label Louvana Records and the artistic director of Fengaros Music Festival, Music Village Fengaros and Lefkosia Loop Festival.
His musical journey began at the age of six when he started learning the piano. At the age of fourteen he started taking saxophone lessons, and shortly after he joined his sister’s rock band playing the piano and later on as a singer. During his obligatory service in the Cyprus army at the age of eighteen he taught himself how to play the guitar, the bass and the drums and he realised that music was his path.
He studied music in Boston, Massachusetts and later on in Birmingham UK, eventually moving for several years in London, UK, where he formed various bands like Masters of Disguise and Trio Tekke and organised his own music nights in South London.
Upon his return to Cyprus he founded the independent record label Louvana Records, with Andreas Trachonitis.
His albums with Trio Tekke represent milestones of contemporary Greek rembetico music while his records as J.Kriste, Master of Disguise are a perfect blend of folk music and “Reflections” era Manos Hadjidakis.

Photography by Filep Motwary

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