Labros Filippou is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary artist, born in Karditsa, Greece.
The realization of creating came late. His connection with art, however, was a familiar feeling that traced back to all his earlier years, growing up in a small village and being inspired by raw tradition, folk culture, and real people.
His most recent project though, is Element, a short film he wrote and directed with Georgios Karamitsos. World Dog was the music that inspired the creation of the film and Stelios Faitakis‘ art work was the final piece that completed the project.
As a musician,
(2009) Labros created “YIANNEIS“, a neo-psychedelia, avant-garde music project, where he is the lead singer and concept director. Notable moments in YIANNEIS’ creative path includes opening for David Lynch’s music project and his muse Chrysta Bell. The second album of YIANNEIS is going to be released in the fall of 2016.
(2015) Labros Filippou and Tilemachos Moussas founded “WORLD DOG“, an amalgam of Baroque opera and Greek folk music, that sounds like drum n’ bass, jazz, psychedelia, drone. Only a few days after their debut concert, they were asked to be the opening act for Yasmine Hamdan, best known from Jim Jarmusch’s film “Only Lovers Left Alive”. The first album of WORLD DOG will be released in the fall of 2016.
(2016) Labros Filippou’s first solo album, IAVVV, came as the perfect storm. Extraordinary musicians gathered to create a cinematic, post-dramatic, noise rock, spoken word musical concoction, with a unique character and an original voice.
(2010) Working with Julia Kent (Antony and the Johnsons), for “Alismono“, a Greek traditional song he covered with the guitarist Tilemachos Moussas.
(2013) Working with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for Daphnis Kokkinos’ solo ”ADDIO, ADDIO AMORE”, composing part of the music and singing.
As an actor,
He participated in films such as INTERRUPTION, dir. Zois Y. (72nd Venice Film Festival), Casus Belli, dir. Zois Y. (67th Venice Film Festival), J.A.C.E., dir. Karamagiolis M., True Blue, dir. Diamantopoulos Y. etc.He also participated in tv series and several theatrical performances as an actor, performer and countertenor such as “Akropolis Reconstruction”, “Who is mr. Kelerman?”, “Dying as a country” (Athens Festival 2007 & 2008, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels 2008, Wiener Festwochen 2008, Warsaw Festival 2008, ODEON Paris 2009), “2004 a year after”, all directed by Marmarinos M., ”Pagliacci” (Herodium Ancient Theater, 2004) directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
In 2008 he was given the “Best Performer” award at 2008 Hellenic National Musical Performance Festival.
As a director in theater,
In the summer of 2013, he worked on the performance “Anthem to Liberty” based on D. Solomos’ “Hymn to Liberty”, at Athens & Epidaurus Festival. The critics wrote “Sex-Violence-Guts with the accompaniment of music!” or “The nationalistic fervor drifts, Some of the viewers take part in the violence: The nationalistic hysteria lures them, the National Anthem becomes the means for imposing fascist mentality.” or even “Denunciation of fascism and nationalist exploitation of the nation became clear using quite simple means. The persona of L. Filippou during the musical part of the performance also brings to mind “The Wall” of Pink Floyd, which functioned as a clear explanatory intertextual reference.”
As a teacher,
Labros Filippou’s soft spot lies with coaching and mentoring artists. Since 2009 he has continued to give seminars to actors, directors, performers, musicians, singers, and other professionals who implement their artistic and oratory craft via their voice, body, and the spoken world.
Throughout his career,
He has given concerts, speeches, and performances for universities, philanthropic organizations, and schools for children with special needs.