Maraveyas Ilegál is the work of the Greek singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Kostis Maraveyas. Maraveyas sings in Greek, English, Spanish and Italian. He began his musical career in Italy where he studied Statistics & Mathematics at the University of Bari, as well as piano, harmony, counterpoint & fugue at the Conservatory Niccoló Piccini of Bari. While there, he played with groups such as Yamas and X-darawish, which combined a variety of languages and musical styles. His first album with X-darawish (il Manifesto 1998) was released in Italy. His music combines Mediterranean and Balkan elements, colorful arrangements and jazz and bossa nova influences.
He returned to Greece in 2001 and became a solo artist. In 2003, he released his solo debut “Radiopeiratis” (FM Records 2003), signaling the arrival of a new exciting talent in the Greek music scene. His second album “Maraveyas Ilegal” (Cantini 2007) came out in 2007 to enthusiastic reviews and audiences. Next releases were “Welcome To Greece” (EMI 2009), “Lola” (EMI/Universal 2012) included , “Live ston Kipo” (EMI/Universal 2014) and his latest album “Katastroma”(EMI/Universal 2016)
Maraveyas has performed on the opening night of Prix Europa in Berlin, the biggest annual European trimedial festival and competition. The song “Rue Madame” was premiered during that concert and a competition was launched for the video shoot, in collaboration with Dailymotion.com. It was the first worldwide director competition by a Greek artist.
His digital single “Fila Me Akoma” featuring Panos Mouzourakis, the greek cover version of Lorenzo Jovanotti’s “Bacciami Ancora”, has won 2 MAD Video Music Awards for Best Alternative Video and Best Duet (MAD TV is Greece’s #1 rated music network), as well as nominated for Best Greek Act at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. “Fila Me Akoma” was the top song in the radio airplay charts in Greece for 2011.
Maraveyas also served as host of the music documentary “Mesogeios” (“Mediterranean”) for 2011/2012 television season, a production of Greek public television ERT. It’s a road trip to cities of the Mediterranean with Maraveyas exchanging ideas and sounds with local musicians as well as jamming with them.
In 2014 he wrote and directed 12 episodes of the music documentary series “Mousiki Pantou” (Μουσική Παντού) which was transmitted on Greek Public Television and gained positive reviews from the media.
On November 8, 2014, Maraveyas was awarded as “Best Composer” at the Athinorama People’s Choice Theatre Awards for his music for the play “Filargyros” (“L’Avare/The Miser”) by Moliere that was performed at the National Theatre of Greece during the 2012-2013 season.
In summer 2015, Maraveyas composed the music for the play Ecclesiazousae, Aristophanes, for the National Theatre of Greece.
In May 2016, he participated as a singer-songwriter in the French film “Voir du pays” which was awarded at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
In June 2016 he composed the music for the play “Monaksxa a lonely planet”, for the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2016.
He’s been touring regularly with his live band in Greece and other European countries, such as Germany, Austria, Italy and Belgium. Maraveyas Ilegal’s live shows in Greece are often sold out.