Born in Ioannina, Alekos started studying Greek traditional percussion instruments at an early age, as well as participating in live performances – including festivals of traditional Greek dance. He took drum lessons at the Municipal Conservatory of Ioannina. He continued his studies and graduated from the department of traditional and modern percussion at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory, studying with Professor Petros Kourtis. He also studied privately and participated in workshops with many significant artists such as Alex Acuna, Eguie Castrillo, Richie Gajate Garcia, Yshai Afterman, Misirli Ahmet, and Petro Pablo Rodriguez Mireles.

His percussion work has encompasses a large number of musical genres and he has collaborated as a session musician with a many top artists, composers, and singers, as well as touring around the world. Some of his significant recent collaborations have included Gloria Gaynor at Athens Concert Hall, Marios Fragoulis at the Odeon of Herod Atticus in Athens, under the direction of 6 time Grammy winner, Jorge Calandrelli, as well as legendary Greek artists like, Mary Linda, Marinella, Tolis Voskopoulos, Antonis Remos, Glykeria, and Melina Kana.

Since 2011 Alekos has also taught at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory’s department of traditional and modern percussion, offering seminars on modern approaches to percussion, and the multi-percussion set. During his 2018 US tour, he held a workshop on Mediterranean and Greek approaches to percussion, as a visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in the Ernesto Diaz ensemble class. Alekos is also co-founder of the Percussion4One group.

Alekos plays the full range of traditional Greek, Mediterranean, Latin, Brazilian and West African percussion instruments, including the dumbek and darbuka, the defi of Epirus, the dauli or davul, the bendir, cajon ,timbales and the congas. His unique style is a fusion of these traditional techniques giving him a characteristic and distinctive sound in the world music scene.

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