Dimitris Lappas was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1973.
His first contact with the stage was at the age of 9 playing bouzouki in Australia. At the age of 11 he moved to Salonica in Greece where he continued to be involved with music until he turned 16 when he moved to Brussels. There he attended guitar lessons and in 1997 he found himself in Bulgaria where he collaborated with Elias Klonaridis and the Alternative Bulgarian Orchestra.
His great love for the music and thirst for exploration of the “folkish paths “ of music and “makam,” the complex system of melody types used in the classical Persian and Turkish music, led him to Istanbul where he lived for 4 years initiating collaborations with musicians in the city. These included the Turkish Cypriot singer Ziynet Sali, the ensemble “Café Aman Istanbul”, the orchestras of the public television stations TRT1 and TRT2, the clarinet soloist Vassilis Saleas and the Orchestra “A la Turka Pop Star Orchestra “ all of which included performing concerts throughout Turkey.
He has also long-standing collaborations with distinguished composers, lyricists, musicians and singers including George Dalaras, Dionisis Savopoulos, Arleta, Lefteris Papadopoulos, Mimis Plessas, Haris Alexiou, Nikos Papazoglou, Ferhat Gocer, Thanasis Papakonstantinou, Nikos Dimitriades, Melina Kana, Giannis Haroulis, Gerasimos Andreatos and others.
He has composed music for theatre plays and musical works such as the Trilogy, Lapino, Bouzouki Swing, etc. He has also taught in seminars including in Aivali, and the Yeni Mosque in Turkey and in France at the brasserie Terminus ,as a soloist focusing mainly on issues such as the approach to improvisation and on urban folk music.
He is also the founder of the ensemble “Project Lapino” which performs a mix of jazz, funk with an oriental approach.
He has participated in more than 4,500 performances on live, TV and radio appearances worldwide, as well as in discography as musician, composer, producer and orchestrator.
Basic instruments: Acoustic – Electrical – Fretless - Classical guitar, Bouzouki, Outi, Baglamas, Tzouras
Secondary: Bass, Drums and Synthesizer