Apostolis Anthimos, known as "Lakis" to his friends, was born into a Greek immigrant family on September 25th, 1954, in Siemianowice Śląskie.
He started playing music in primary school during school ceremonies, where he first started performing with groups of other musicians. Later he put together his first bands, including Fatum. He met Józef Skrzek (keyboard) and Jerzy Piotrowski (drums), and with them he founded Silesian Blues Band (SBB) in 1971.
At the beginning of the 70's, Anthimos began to collaborate with the excellent vocalist and composer Czesław Niemen, with whom he played on the albums Strange is This World (1972) and Ode to Venus (1973).
SBB got back together in 1974, and starting in 1979 they played with a second guitarist, Sławomir Piwowar. These are the musicians who recorded the group's last studio album, Memento z banalnym tryptykiem, on which Anthimos delivers one of the most significant solos in the history of Polish rock music. The group survived until November 1980, though it would later be revived several times with different musicians, including with American percussionist Paul Wertico (known as a long-time member of the Pat Metheny Group).
Later, Anthimos took up music in Greece, giving concerts in clubs and recording as a sideman. He replaced Wojciech Waglewski on the Greek Ossian tour. He came to Poland on an invitation from Tomasz Stańko, with whom he started working regularly on album such as C.O.C.X., Lady Go and Peyotl - Witkacy. He also invited Stańko (along with Janusz Skowron) to Greece, where they recorded the album Chameleon. In Greece, he also worked with the famous Greek musicians Vangelis Katsoulis, Georg Dalaras and Papadopoulos Thimios.
For the last several years he has been performing as the leader of his own trio, the Apostolis Athimos Trio. Besides Anthimos himself, the trio is composed of Krzysztof Dziedzic on percussion and Robert Szewczuga on bass guitar and double bass.
- SBB (Józef Skrzek - keyboard, Jerzy Piotrowski / Paul Wertico - drums, Sławomir Piwowar - guitar)
- Anthimos Apostolis Trio (Krzysztof Dziedzic - drums, Robert Szewczuga – bass guitar, double bass)
- Days We Can't Forget (1994)
- Theatro (1999)
- Back to the North (2006)
Author: Marek Romański, December 2008.
"Anthimos is a versatile and highly skilled guitarist. Not only is he a fine soloist endowed with a great deal of imagination, but he is also an alert and thoughtful accompanist. He is capable of working in hard rifts in the style of rock, but his playing may also be subtle, swingy or jazz-like. He is a great rhythmical guitarist able to create a beautiful sound, and he does not exaggerate the dynamics, even in his most expressive moments. All in all, he knows how to ‘weigh' his music, which is the mark of all great artists." (Jarosław Śmietana)
"I have been working with both Lakis the guitarist and Lakis the drummer up to this very day. He has his own, very recognizable style of playing. It's nice and melodic on the one hand, predatory on the other, and always rhythmically confident. One might say he is very elegant." (Tomasz Stańko)
"When I was young, I learnt by imitating him. I believe he has been a major influence in Polish rock music." (Grzegorz Skawiński, Kombi)
"Apostolis has always been a charming and magnificent player. For many years now he's been one of the greatest avant-garde guitarists. And to me personally, Lakis is among my primary inspirations, a man who would fight against the stagnant scales of blues. His approach to playing is highly individualistic; he is a bold and adventurous musician." (Wojciech Waglewski, Voo Voo)
"He's a real hero for me. He's a superb guitarist, surely one of the greatest in the world. When I was a teenager, I would follow SBB on their tours and go to every gig. They were the best trio I'd ever heard. Their energy was so different – nobody else would play like that." (Jan Borysewicz, Lady Pank)