James Basdanis

Musician - Composer - Guitarist


Dimitris "James" Basdanis
Birth Date: 07/01/1988
Birth Place: Volos, Greece

Greek modern fusion guitarist with A special (eastern) anatolian sound! Founding member of the bands Basalan, Stichovoli and Programmed to Rock (PTR) and member of the band Schema.
He has been a Member of various bands and side projects.Seasoned performer with over 500 (and counting) live concerts in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Australia at Live Stages, Theaters and International Festivals like River Party, Cosmopolis Festival, Art Festival and more. Composer of several recordings and original songs heard in theater plays and in the radio.
In recent years he is dedicated to his Solo instrumental World-Jazz project.

He has studied Mathematics in the University of Ioannina and has been taught theory of classical music and electric guitar by his good friend and collaborator Stathis Chouliaris.

He has been taught on-line and passed the Jazz improvisation cource by the instructor of Berklee College of Music Gary Burton (Certified Course: Jazz Improvisation ).
He holds the " Diploma in Music" and "Diploma in Guitar" courses of the Shaw Academy (CPD) .
He has attended the seminar "Pedagogy and Methodology in Teaching Musical Instruments" by Professors Helena Södermann and Konstantinos Prodromou of the Music Pedagogical Institute of Stockholm (SMI) .

Since August 2017 he has been teaching Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Improvisation and Live Group Workshops in the Modern Department of Music School "Konstantinos Leontaris" (KLMS) [Ioannina, Greece].
Author of the books "Modes for Guitarists", "Learn and Master Pentatonic Scales" and “Anatolian Modes”.
Winner of the Aplaud "Jazz Fusion" Contest 2019 ("James Basdanis 'Anatolian Trio' - Nihavent Sirto").
Member of European Folk Network (EFN) since 2021.