Athina Kontou's project Mother tells her story as a musician born to greek parents in Frankfurt, Germany, and how both countries are considered her home. With this ensemble she arranges pieces from the greek music culture - traditional and contemporary, songs and dances - and  builds a link between her identity as a jazz musician and her greek roots. The traditional songs are enriched with contemporary soundscapes and the music that emerges speaks intuitively to the audience from a very personal point of view. The core of her work is the search for the connecting elements of different cultures, as she herself is a border crosser between the different musical cultures.
With her three fellow musicians Luise Volkmann, Dominik Mahnig and Lucas Leidinger she forms a colourful and lively sound body. Their debut „Tzivaeri“ was released in August 2022 on nWog-Records and was nominated for the german Critics Award (Preis der deutschen Schalplattenkritik) and the German Jazz Award (Deutscher Jazzpreis).


You can order the album here!

Foto: Thekla Ehling
Foto: Thekla Ehling

Mother live:


23.05. Frankfurt Wartburgkirche

25.05. Jazzfestival Idar Oberstein

08.09. Ems Jazz Greven

13.09. Domicil Dortmund

14.09. hannover, Schloss Landestrost

19.10-26.10. Schweden Tour

07.12. Theater Lindau



Foto: Thekla Ehling
Foto: Thekla Ehling