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Vasilis Kostas is a world-class laouto player from Ioannina,Greece and an alumni of the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, WOMEX, Montreal Jazz Festival and many more. He has collaborated with legendary musicians around the world including Tigran Hamasyan, Simon Shaheen, Antonio Serrano and Grammy Award-winning artists Terri Lyne Carrington and Javier Limon. Vasilis appeared as a soloist on laouto with the World Strings Orchestra conducted by Eugene Friesen and traveled to Spain to present Greek music through the prism of the Greek lute. His groundbreaking performances on the laouto open new horizons for the instrument in both the Greek traditional and jazz worlds. This is featured in his latest collaboration with the living legend and master of the clarinet, Petroloukas Halkias, performing a few of the most demanding pieces of Greek instrumental music. Vasilis has developed his own way of applying jazz improvisation on the laouto while blending colors of his Greek heritage allowing the creation of a new Genre.