They have composed original music for feature and short films; they have been live-accompanying silent films’ screenings, they have worked from time to time on TV productions.
“Music forges bonds that cannot be easily defined or described.” The members of the Prefabricated Quartet music ensemble flash back to 2005, in Thessaloniki, to the first steps of a relationship that is still going strong. During the 15 years of this joint course, they have experienced some rough clashes, they have grown distant at times, they have even snapped at each other, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing more than mutual appreciation and love, both for their art and for one another.
As to now, they have been spending long hours in the studio, with masks on obviously, due to the pandemic. “Each one of us can play music on his own, at home, but when we wish to interact, the distance doesn’t make it easy. We tried it though, amidst the quarantine, in turned out to be rather interesting, and it actually worked out pretty well. However, as soon as we returned to the studio, illusions were over. If you want to play like a team, you must breathe as one. Αnd breathing as one they do lately, as they feverishly work on a very demanding project, for an upcoming film by Petros Sevastikoglou. “It gives us a sense of fulfillment, it helps us take a step forward”, as they say.
They have composed original music for feature and short films; they have been live-accompanying silent films’ screenings, they have worked from time to time on TV productions. And they solemnly declare themselves “very happy” with everything they’ve tried so far, while remaining uncommitted in terms of music preferences and influences. “I have the impression that each of us has a different perspective as to what we’re playing. We listen to different kinds of music and each one of us has a completely different way of listening to music,” mentions Christos Gousios, as he goes on to say that the same applies to the genres they flirt with as musicians. In any case, they don’t to fall to a specific kind of music, but to music as a whole, “to all sounds we can tune to our desires.”
They were never into the live gig frenzy as they have only performed 25-30 times live in their entire career, but they do want to play music “anywhere, as long as we fit in. Event if we have to blend in with the audience.” It is no secret, though, that they fancy performing outdoors, as well as in movie theaters. “We kind of feel like home there. And it’s there we have experienced some of our fondest moments.”
They dream to music their way to Iceland, Finland, London, Brighton, Marseilles, or even Epidaurus, Delphi, or the village square in Syrrako, in the Tzoumerka mountains. As to their sources of inspiration, without having renounced old “heroes” like Mick Harvey, they feel a whole lot closer to “Pelagia, Yannis, Alekos, Anastassis, Thanassis, Enes, people with whom we connect through playing rather than talking, people whose happiness on stage would be similar to ours,” explains Christos, before concluding: “heroes have always paved the way to music, and through their stance they have installed meaning to our own faith and effort to create”.
Who is Who
The Prefabricated Quartet
Michalis Sionas: vocals & bass
Thodoris Papadimitriou: cello
Christos Gousios: electric guitar
Alexandros Georgelis: percussion
(In the band’s original line-up, Dimitris Tasoudis was the percussionist)
Kleanthis Karapiperis: sound engineer