3rd Annual Festival of Greek Music & Dance

BOSTON, March 8-9 2002
NEW YORK, March 13 and 15-16-17 2002


Boston Venue:
The Concert Hall at Boston University School for the Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Mass 02215
(617) 353-8790

1st Concert - Friday March 8 8:0pm, 2002
Music & Dance of the Aegean Islands

2nd Concert - Saturday March 9, 5:30pm, 2002
Music & Dance of Cyprus, Karpathos & the Greek Speaking Population of Salento

(Southern Italy)

The music and the songs of this night have the following common characteristics:
- A unique language incorporating all thhe elements of Greek language from
ancient times to the present
- The sadness, but also the resistance tto the disappearance of cultural
identity of people living on the edge of history
- The passion and mission to preserve trradition, not as a museum, but as a
living presence. The nostalgia born of emigration.
- The community as a social environment where language, music and songs
develop and are preserved - The ancient style of vocal and instrumental art

The Cypriot Voice ("Kiprea Foni")
Traditional Music of Cyprus
Michalis Tterlikkas, vocal
Kostas Karpasitis, violin
Panikkos Nikolaidis, laouto
Nikos Souroullas, taboutsia
Special Guest: Pieris Pierettis, tsiattista

Michalis Tterlikkas, the Cypriot Voice, was a student of Theodoulos
Kallinikos, the esteemed collector and researcher of Cypriot musical
tradition. Tterlikkas has rediscovered the age-old traditions of the
wondering minstrels and the epic cycles that are alive in isolated villages Cypriot villages, and has reconnected the younger generations with the body of Greek musical tradition; and in Pieris Pierettis's graceful and incomparable "tsiattista" the entire history of Cyprus is revisited and retold.

OLYMPOS - Tradional Music of Karpathos
Michalis Zografidis vocal / lyra
Antonis Zografidis, tsabouna
Yannis Prearis, laouto

The village Olympos (or Elympos) of Karpathos is perhaps the best preserved
community of the Greek countryside. All of its traditions (social
ceremonies, sacred music and dances, improvised poetry, etc) are kept alive
and this phenomenon is the subject of study for many academics,
anthropologists and musicologists. Michalis Zografisdis is the main figure
and the lyra player in the festivities of the village. He is also the
lyraris and singer who made this tradition known to wider audiences.

SALENTO: Greek Speaking Villages of Southern Italy
Roberto Licci, vocal / guitar
Salvatore Cotardo, clarinet / saxophone / flute
Emmanuele Licci, vocal / guitar
Franco Nuzzo, taborello / percussion
Admir Skurtaj, accordion
Massimo Pinca, bass
Antonio Cotardo, flute

Ghetonia Music Ensemble is the main courier of the new generation in the
Greek Speaking villages of South Italy and continues the timeless and
priceless tradition of the language and culture through their songs. In the villages of Salento and Calabria these songs preserve the most ancient roots of the Greek language

New York Venue:

"Town Hall"

123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
(212)- 997-1003

1st Concert - Friday March 15, 8:0pm, 2002
Music & Dance of the Aegean Islands

2nd Concert - Saturday, March 16, 8:0pm, 2002
Music & Dance of Cyprus, Karpathos & the Greeks of Southern Italy

3rd Concert - Sunday, March 17, 8:0pm, 2002
Rembetika to Theodorakis: A Tribute to the Bouzouki

Tickets: $ 40 & 25 at The Town Hall Box Office or though Ticketmaster
SPECIAL: Purchase Tickets to all 3 events & save: $100, $60 available only from WMI 212/545-7536


Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA)
in coordination with World Music Institute

March 13, 2002


A tribute to the Greek speaking villages of Southern Italy

The cultural tradition of the Greek speaking villages of Southern Italy is
one of the most precious traditions of Hellenism, which still remains alive
within the bounds of the two Greek-speaking communities of Salento and Calabria.

A poetic, "singing" linguistic idiom, which preserves ancient versions of
the Greek language, along with more modern italic amalgamations. The Greek
speaking songs of Southern Italy constitute currently the major conveyors of
the grecanic language (griko's language).

In the last years, an open line of communication has been established
linking the two shores of the Ionian Sea, strengthening the bonds. A central
and catalytic position in this process is held by the ensemble Ghetonia,
from Salento, where it was originally formed and where it obtained its final
outward appearance, especially influenced by its contact with the Greek
audience. This is the most advanced expression of a vague within the newer
generation of "Grecia Salentina" to rediscover within the songs of the
Greek-speaking tradition, a linguistic and cultural identity.


∑  1. Presentation of the elements of the tribute by Nikos Valkanos
∑  2. The Bridges of the Ionian Sea: screening of pieces from the documentary
series of the director Dimitri Mavrikios
∑  3. The Language, the History and the Culture of Grecia Salentina: lecture
by the professor at the University of Lecce, Isabella Bernardini
∑  4. Ghetonia Music Ensemble: Live Concert with Greek speaking songs of
Southern Italy by the 8 piece Ghetonža Music Ensemble

Parallel Events:

- Grecia Salentina: The People, The Music and The Ritual "Tarantella pizzica"
    A PHOTO EXHIBITION of the work of Luigi Chiriatti, a multi-talented artist and researcher of the Griko tradition from the town of "Kalimera" in the region of Salento, Italy.

  - The Bibliography of Griko and The Grecanic Cultural Tradition
  An exhibition of the most important publications (dictionaries, studies,
diaries, literature, musical works etc.) for the Griko idiom, designed by
Roberto Licci, Luigi Chiriatti and Nikos Valkanos.

Production: Arts, Dance and Music Productions, Inc. (USA)
Program presentation created by Nikos Valkanos - OM Center (Athens)

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