The Callas is the tip of an artistic squad producing artworks, music, films, magazines, events, art shows, initiated by the brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas.
Art shows: Kustera Projects Red Hook (NYC), Documenta 14 (Athens – Kassel), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Family Business gallery /Anna Kustera gallery (NYC), DESTE foundation (Athens), Athens Biennial (Athens), Andreas Melas gallery (Athens), Yinka Shonibare Space (London), The Breeder gallery (Athens), ATOPOS cvc (Athens) etc.
In 2013 they finished their first feature film “Lustlands” (HAOS film) and in December 2016 they did a premiere of their new film “The Great Eastern”.
They co-wrote the soundtrack of the film with Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and they’re currently working with him on a new album and a live performance.
The Callas worked with Lee Ranaldo on a new album which will be released on late 2017 through Dirty Water Records USA.
Their latest two albums, “Am I Vertical?” and “Half Kiss, Half Pain” were produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lydia Lunch, The Cramps).
They have performed live in churches, galleries, flats, museums, boats, mountains, toilets, Liverpool Psyche Festival (Liverpool UK), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK), Indigenes Festival (France), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE) and with bands/artists such as Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall and Grinderman.
The last 10 years Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas have been publishing significant magazines for the Athenian (Greece) underground music/art/film scene such as Velvet magazine and Lust magazine. Their studio is one of the most active cultural spaces in Athens. Going by the name Velvet Room they are organizing art shows combined with music gigs and DJ sets involving some of the best new bands and artists in Athens.