Mediterranean Musical Traditions - Cypriot Kaleidoscope
Starts at 20:00
A concert by four energetic and highly promising musicians who represent modern Cypriot music production. Yiannis Koutis started as a soloist and has found his own personal style with traceable influences from Arabic and Byzantine chants. Alkis Agathokleous has a modern approach to playing the ney – a Middle Eastern long flute, possibly one of the oldest instruments still in use. Influenced by jazz and Sufi traditions, Agathokleous harmoniously interacts with fellow musicians Nikolas Tryphonos and Rodos Panagiotou creating a unique sound with their very particular rhythm. Original and traditional music creates a colourful kaleidoscope showcasing the richness of Cypriot music and the particular character of the Mediterranean music.
Yiannis Koutis: artistic director, oud, fretless guitar, vocals. Alkis Agathokleous: ney. Nikolas Tryphonos: contrabass. Rodos Panagiotou: percussion instruments.
Mediterranean Musical Traditions - Fawaz Baker Ensemble (Syria)
Starts at 20:30
Fawaz Baker Ensemble come from Aleppo, a historical city now going through extremely difficult times. Before the war, Aleppo was an emblematic landmark for the entirety of the Arabic music world, a crossroads of music traditions, idioms and elements from the Byzantine, Arabic, Persian, Armenian and Ottoman traditions. The musicians of the Fawaz Baker Ensemble, thanks to their talent and knowledge, have managed to stand out in an environment of cultural diversity and richness and to form their repertoire including adaptations of a wide range of compositions from the mystical tradition of the East. The musicians have managed to flee the war and to find refuge in Europe where they now live.
Khaled Hafezal: percussion, vocals. Tarek Sayedal: oud. Tamam Ramadan: ney. Fawaz Baker: bass.
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