Spiro Karagiannis contributed to Xyra's Flight of Odin project as assistant recording engineer, July 2015 through August 2018, and drummer from November 2016-August 2018. Spiro has since enrolled at Clemson University and relocated to South Carolina with his father, Mike, and family.
Spiro joined Flight of Odin in 2016, when drummer, Kenny Finger bowed out of a memorial gig for Urban Verbs' guitarist, Robert Goldstein at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Spiro saved the gig, essentially, as we only had a few weeks to prepare. Even at age 16, he learned not only our original material but the parts to unusual compositions by the Urban Verbs' Danny Frankel he was tasked to perform in tribute.
A multi-instrumentalist, Spiro is a true prodigy and son of virtuoso, prodigy guitarist and music director, Mike Karagiannis.
According to Spiro, his musical journey took off at age 7 when Mike bought a drum set. Mike helped him learn the basics, but Spiro has been self-taught ever since, picking up several more instruments along the way. Among the instruments he plays well are, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, violin, harmonica, and melodica.
Spiro sites his most notable influences as the iconic Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. However, like Mike, Spiro learns just about any music you put in front of him with ease. His gigging experience, besides the 9:30 Club, includes playing for private parties and in local clubs with Mike's previous band, Das Rock where Spiro was featured on bass and keyboards.
Notable also was Spiro's technical contribution as assistant recording engineer on Flight of Odin's debut release, "The Only Door", recorded and initially mixed by Mike at his elaborate home studio, ///MK.
We welcomed Spiro to accompany us, and wish him well in his new life in South Carlolina.