Artist
Irene Ketikidi
Irene Ketikidi

In the world of instrumental rock guitar, Irene Ketikidi is a force to be reckoned with. Her solo album "Martial Arts & Magic Tricks" (released in 2013) has received excellent reviews all over the world and has been complimented by the likes of Guthrie Govan, Greg Howe, Nita Strauss, Alex Skolnick and David Kilminster. Young Guitar Magazine included Irene in their "Heroines of Now" column in 2014, and she’s been featured in Guitar World, Guitar Interactive and Sound Guitar Magazine.

Irene rose to fame in early 2010 with her YouTube video of "Rambler", a track that earned her the privilege to perform live in front of Steve Vai at his Guitar Nation Masterclass in London later that year. She had just graduated from London's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and was busy working as a tutor for the International Guitar Foundation summer courses. During the next few years, Irene worked as a session player in a wide range of styles, including pop (Red N Pink, Cherry Lee Mewis), country (Colm Kirwan, Victoria Shaw, Heidi Feek), hip hop (AKS, J The Exodus), and metal (Gravil). She toured extensively with female tributes The Femones (Ramones) and Back:N:Black (AC/DC). In 2012, she was cast as the lead guitarist in London’s West End play “Julius Caesar” directed by the award‐winning Phyllida Lloyd. After a four‐month sold-out season at London’s Donmar Warehouse, the show moved to Brooklyn, NY where she was privileged to perform in front of many celebrities in the audience like Meryl Streep, Orlando Bloom, Susan Sarandon and Sting.
 

In late 2013, she relocated to Greece, where she spent the next couple of years promoting her solo album, working as the lead guitarist for Philippos Pliatsikas's show "The Other Side of Blue", and touring with pianist/singer‐songwriter Lia Hide. Eternally in love with Joe Satriani's music and inspired by the G3 tours, she ran and performed at the first Guitar Experience Festival in Athens (2016) with guitarists Anthimos Manti and Sakis Dovolis. During 2016-17, she was the lead guitarist for gothic metal band The Black Capes, and in June 2017 their debut album "All These Monsters" was released on DarkTunes records.

 

In May 2018, Irene released her second solo album, "A Sky for All": a progressive rock record with blues, fusion and post-rock moments, inspired by real-life events. In November 2018, she performed with the renowned Kamerata Orchestra as the lead guitarist for Jon Lord’s tribute concert at the Music Hall of Athens, led by award-winning conductor George Petrou. During 2019, she worked as a session musician on Greek television’s “The Tonight Show”.

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