Labros Filippou is a New York based, multi-disciplinary artist, born in Karditsa, Greece.
Countertenor vocals, performing arts, acting and directing in cinema and theater, spoken word poetry, teaching workshops all over the world, all under one umbrella: freedom of expression.
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.
During his time in the States, the core focus has been the foundation of LFacting, a Drama & Stage Performance teaching program about freedom of expression and creativity with no borders.
Labros keeps exploring deeper and deeper into life and art, so as to always enrich his repertoire as an actor in cinema and a music-theater performance artist, creating projects of wide range of vibrations and frequencies. A no genre music-performance act and a clear calling to the audience for a universal experience about oneness. The two projects he founded in the U.S. are ATBC and The Peasant.
Acknowledged by the Greek audience for his out-of-the-box philosophy, from his career with the totally subversive YIANNEIS , the absolutely out of this world WORLD DOG, and the beautifully darkly cinematic IAVVV, as well as new collaborations that started blossoming with musicians from the underground, avant-garde, world music, folk and electronic music scene.
In 2018, he introduces to the Los Angeles audience for the first time, ‘The Peasant’, an assemblage of everything he’s been creatively on stage till that moment.
‘Countertenor operatic vocals meet the most instinctive side of human nature, the one that looks more like an animal than a civilized person. He likes to combine the East and West feel, the Old and New sound, the Divine and Animalistic nature. Filippou likes to go on stage leaving his ID out and of it, so that he becomes a new person tonight. He invites you to a complete renaissance experience.’
The first show took place at the legendary Roxy Theatre, May 2018. Also presented in his hometown, Karditsa (see cover photo), Athens and New York (DROM, Barbes Brooklyn and more).
Labros’ new baby and one of his most deep and delicately put artistic moves ever is the album Erinyes, an album created with voices only, completed early 2018. A healing music experience.
He goes on stage for the first time with this new project late 2018, giving a very special show in Athens, GR.
He names the project ‘And They Built Churches‘, after his friend John tells him about a dream he had last night: ‘I dreamt of you. You were on stage doing something like an ecclesiastic rock music show, singing hymns and people playing percussions and other instruments, that soon became huge and toured around the world. I also dreamt about the name of the project. It’s And They Built Churches’, John said. Funny story, huh?
And They Built Churches is a hyperrealistic existential journey. A build up of looping voices where everyone is invited into a conscious tuning of human senses and the Universe. A Byzantine trippy rock music performance.
And They Built Churches is the continuation – the expansion of ‘Erinyes’ album.
Labros invites musicians to play with him. Looping byzantine and classical countertenor operatic voices meet with rhythmic psychedelia, drones, electricity and electronic arts.
And They Built Churches debuts in the US in May 2019.
Right before that, around late 2017, he goes on stage with a few top quality producers of electronic music and puts some freestyle narrative himself, speaking out loud his poetry and singing some ethereal vocals, introducing the project Voukefalas, based on Labros’ poetry and named out of his nickname as a poet and lyricist. The event takes place in Athens, GR.
Back in 2018, in Greece, Labros performs with the most beautiful and talented guys from the folk, traditional music scene, in Thessaloniki, GR, where they put together the folkest and most traditional fair, only it seems and sounds as if it came from the future. Two lead vocalists, percussion, clarinet, kanun, guitars, violin. This one is a dream come true for Labros (find out why, looking through the third paragraph of this page once again).
His debut as a cinema director, is called Element. A short film he co-wrote and co-directed. World Dog is the music project that inspired the creation of the film and Stelios Faitakis‘ art work was the final piece that completed the project.
Working with Julia Kent (Antony and the Johnsons), for ‘Alismono‘.
Working with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for Daphnis Kokkinos’ solo, ‘ADDIO ADDIO AMORE’, where he composed and sang part of the music.
Composing and singing part of the music for the performance “Free At Last” of the incredibly talented dance duo, Danae & Dionysios, presented at the Theater Rotterdam, in 2019.
In 2008 he was given the ‘Best Performer’ award at the Hellenic National Musical Performance Festival. Labros gave this prize to an Italian painter he met in a Christmas and New Year’s Eve gala as part of a gift exchange game. He got a compass instead.
As an actor,
He participated in movies that took part in famous and important film festivals such as Venice, Tokyo etc., and starred in tv series. Throughout his collaboration with the theater director, M. Marmarinos, Labros took part in several theatrical performances, as an actor, performer and countertenor touring around Europe. The first play he ever performed in, though, is Leoncavallo’s ‘Pagliacci’ (Herodium Ancient Theater in Athens, GR), directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
As a director in theater,
In the summer of 2013, he directed 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!” and “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.” And 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 teaching. 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 word. He founded LFacting in Los Angeles, in 2014.
Throughout his career,
Labros has given lectures, seminars, concerts and performances for universities, philanthropic organizations, schools for children with special needs, rehabilitation programs, and is always open to new collaborations with organizations and groups of people for whom the vision of free expression equals life itself.