Dine Doneff (Kostas Theodorou)

Active as a musician and composer since the 80’s Faced with choice between school and music, left home village in Western Macedonia and arrived in Thessaloniki. Educated soul by exploring life through music: self taught musician. By the 90’s working as an arranger, ensemble director and producer on studio recording sessions. Alternating touring and producing own music. In 2001 becomes a permanent member of the group Primavera en Salonico performing with Savina Yannatou. From 2002 until 2005, teaching at the Technical Education Institute of Epirus and the University of Macedonia. Later, under the fictional auspices of ‘no bizz productions’, becomes the pivot, moving spirit, and master of ceremonies of ninety nine (99) improvised public rehearsal performances in a small underground theatre in Thessaloniki from 2005-2011. Drawing on a vast network of diverse international talent, their imaginative confrontational eclecticism gently etches an enduring imprint into the musical memory of the city and beyond. Onstage encounters between Doneff and musicians, dancers, actors, poets and visual artists. Interludes of composing for the theatre and silver screen interspersed with forays into theatre direction Penelopes of Xanthogeia, 2009 and, under the name of Tome Rapovina, directing and editing short films Requiem, 2012 etc. Currently collaborates as a composer and actor with the Kammerpiele in Munich and the Thalia Theater in Hamburg.

Collaborations with (among others):

Danny Hayes, Frank Köllges, Michalis Siganidis, Ara Dinkjan, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Petro Lukas Chalkias, Luis Sclavis, Michel Godard, Sainkho Namtchylak, Theodosii Spassov, Takis Farazis, Argiris Bakirtzis, Ziad Rajab, Floros Floridis, Haig Yazdjian, Yannis Thomas, Christian Reiner, Anja Lechner, Natalia Mann, Luk Perceval...

Selective discography:

Nostos, 1999 Lyra 667 Echotopia, 2003 FM 1578 Sumiglia, 2005 ECM 1903 Songs of an other, 2008 ECM 2057 Rousilvo, 2010 no bizz 001 Songs of Thessaloniki, 2015 ECM 2398 [more ECM info]

Main running projects:
Lost_Anthropology Rousilvo Kostas Theodorou Trio 4tet 5tet Dine Doneff solo Primavera en Salonico Natalia Mann Trio Canto dei sass’& Dine Doneff Minoria Grande no bizz productions text: Jonathan Smith

[text Jonathan Smith]