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Dimitris "James" Basdanis

Birth Date: 07/01/1988
Birth Place: Volos, Greece

Musician, Songwriter and Guitar Instructor

Greek modern fusion guitarist with A special (eastern) anatolian sound! Founding  member of  the bands jacArtStichovoli (greek: Στιχόβολη) 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 live concerts in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Australia at Live Stages, Theaters and International Festivals like River Party, Cosmopolis Festival, Art Festival and more. Creator (composer) of several recordings and original songs heard in theater plays and in the radio. (Personal Discography / Bands & Projects).

In recent years he is dedicated to his instrumental World-Jazz Prog-Rock project. He has been on stage with Thanos Anestopoulos (Diafana Krina), Jacques Stephanou, Norma The Band, Cabaret Balkan and others.

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”. (Books).

Winner of the Aplaud "Jazz Fusion" Contest 2019 ("James Basdanis 'Anatolian Trio' - Nihavent Sirto") [announced 16.01.20]

Endorsements: Bulk Strings (since 2012, custom Electric Guitar Strings Set). 

Member of European Folk Network (EFN) since 2021.

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