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:



05.09.  Chur Postremise (CH)

29.09.  Darmstadt Centralstation

08.10.  Essen, Peng Festival

10.11.  Bergisch Gladbach, Villa Zanders

18.11.  Neuburg an der Donau, Birdland

28.11.  Köln, Arttheater

07.12.  Singen Jazzclub



03.02. Nürnberg

14./15.3. Hamburg NDR

20.04. Heppenheim, Kulturforum

18.05 .Villingen Jazzclub

23.05. Frankfurt ONO2



Foto: Thekla Ehling
Foto: Thekla Ehling