Theodora Athanassiou – guitar
Taxiarchis Georgoulis – oud
Loukas Metaxas – percussions

 

alpha (άλφα) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet.

steritiko (στερητικό) comes from the Greek verb: steroúmai (στερούμαι) which stands for being deprived of something or someone

“alpha steritiko” is a greek prefix. It’s the letter “a” that stands in front of a word

30/4/2018
alpha steritiko @ TV Control Center

This concert will be the debut presentation of “Theodora Athanasiou Trio” launching a series of live music events that will lead and add to the main performance, called “No Words”. In this first concert there will not be many words to hear. Just three song. The rest will be just notes… Organic music, mainly from primary compositions

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By Theodora Athanasiou and Sofia Labropoulou @Lumen Kávézó (Budapest)

Rebetiko, also known as the Greek blues, is a very rich music genre regarding the melodic and lyric content, because is both based on makam modal system (a complex modal construct which was brought to a high level of development under the Ottomans) but also strongly influenced by the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor music heritage. Rebetiko is a genre of music that offers to any musician a great chance to study standards for eastern and greek folk and urban music.

Saturday, 24 February 2018
17:00-19:00
2 hour lecture about Rebetiκo music (History, Periods, Styles and presentation of the most important representative artists and instruments of each style) and presentation of Kanun, Lafta and Folk style Guitar (description of their characteristic role in Greek Folk and Rebetiko music).

20:00 Concert of Rebetiko music with Theodora Athanasiou and Sofia Labropoulou
Sofia Labropoulou (kanun) and Theodora Athanasiou (vocals, guitar, lafta) present a crossover through Rebetiko music, “Cafe Aman” and contemporary personal compositions based on the Eastern Mediterranean music heritage. Two of the most renowned musicians in Greece that trust their musical insights and offer an amazing musical journey through the routes of Rebetiko.

Sunday, 25 February 2018
4 hour Seminar with Sofia Labropoulou and Theodora Athanasiou
Instrumental music of the tradition of Rebetiko (Practical Seminar)
11:30-13:30
30 min break
14:00-16:00
The seminar will be focused on instrumental compositions from the Rebetiko tradition. It is being referred to musicians and instrument players of all levels).

By: Theodora Athanassiou & Pavlos Spyropoulos

The seminar intention is to study and highlight accompaniment as a living and inalienable component of the art of music focusing primarily on its relevance to the modal musical traditions of the southeast Mediterranean.

Given that in the context of the musical idioms in question the melodic line has a singularly powerful presence, many players of what we might call accompanying instruments have a tendency to concentrate almost entirely on the melody itself, with the intention of improving to the best of their ability its rendition, whilst simultaneously not paying enough attention to other accompaniment possibilities which could potentially work more effectively in support of a composition or an improvisation. It is exactly this observation which serves as the starting point for this seminar which employs two instruments frequently encountered in an accompanying role in almost all of the musical idioms (folk and “classical”) of the broader region: the Guitar and the double bass.

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Since 2012, every summer, accordion players from Greece and abroad meet in Syros island and share their passion for music.

This year Greece and France will come together through the music. Artists, professional and amateur musicians, students of the seminars and audience will have a chance to experience this music encounter during the festival’s concerts that will take place every evening at different spots of the island

On July 31st, the music trio MPAM (Charoula Tsalpara – accordion, Glavkos Smarianakis – violin, Theodora Athanasiou – guitar) will be part of this unique summer music atmosphere.

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A journey to the distinctive music world of rebetiko and its origins, focusing on the sound of two bass guitar. With Theodora Athanasiou (guitar, voice), Kostis Kostakis (guitar, voice) and Lukas Metaxas (percussion). Songs and themes of Greece, Near East and Asia Minor’s coasts, music both of the cities and the countryside and of well- known as long as unknown composers.

The music date is set on Sunday 2nd of July, 9.00 p.m.

The Tinos World Music Festival was founded in 2013 by the Cultural Foundation of Tinos (I.TI.P.), aiming to include the island of Tinos in a broader intercultural network and to become the meeting point for significant musicians from the Balkans and the East Mediterranean.

Theodora Athanasiou and Pavlos Spyropoulos are two daring young musicians looking ahead of their time, who make new discoveries by experimenting with old tools.

Their repertoire includes compositions by known and unknown composers from the Eastern Mediterranean adapted for a guitar and a contrabass, as well as personal modern compositions with similar features, and of course “spiced up melodies with extra garlic stewed on low fire”.

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