Homage to Tsitsanis

Part of the Rebetiko Carnival 2016.

Two of Greece’s highly acclaimed musicians, vocalist Gerasimos Andreatos and Bouzouki player Manolis Pappos, will be performing with the hugely popular UK based group Plastikes Karekles. Together with lead vocalist Marina Deligianni they will be presenting a collection from Vasilis Tsitsanis repertoire of much loved rebetiko classics.

Arguably the greatest icon of Greek music, Vasilis Tsitsanis (1915-1984) lifted Rebetiko from its underground origins, revolutionising its sound through his ingenious creativity. Combining styles and melodies from a range of backgrounds, his music claims its identity through the pain of every common Greek and in turn they honour his tribute by making his works the music of a nation.

Instruments exhibtion by luthier Christos Spourdalakis. Trying & purchasing will be possible.

TICKETSonline £20 / £17 concessions / £14 student
(NB. Tickets bought at the door will be subject to an additional £2 per ticket)


Kings Place 2016
90 York Way,
London, N1 9AG


Gerasimos Andreatos, vocalist
Born in Athens in 1962, Gerasimos Andreatos musical journey began at an early age when he took tutelage under the likes of Panagiotis Vesmediotis, Themis Papavasiliou, Francil Voutsinos and others. His professional career took flight in 1985 and in 1991 made his first collaborative recording. His most notable early contribution was on Vangelis Korakaki’s album “Lavrio” in 1993 and shortly after released his first solo ablum “To Pikro Fili – The Bitter Kiss”.

Along with his own personal works Gerasimos Andreatos has made more than 60 recording contributions over his career as a vocalist, playing the bouzouki and baglama, and as a composer. His repertoire of collaborations extends to many famous composers including Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Yiannis Markopoulos and Yannis Spanos. Notable singers include Dimitra Galani, George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Glykeria, Chronis Aidonidis, Haris and Panos Katsimihas, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Eleni Vitali and others. He is widely regarded as one of the most respected professional musicians of his era owing greatly to his distinctive folk voice, and for the consistency of his artistic choices and pursuits.

Manolis Pappos, bouzouki
Manolis Pappos is one of the most important Greek composers and bouzouki players of the last 50 years with more than 800 compositions to date. He is known for his collaborations with other Greek and international artists including Theodorakis, Xarhakos, Arvanitaki, Galani, Ntalaras, Papazoglou, Malamas, Tsaligopoulou, Peridis, Ioannidis and Loreena Mckennitt, Vinicio Capossela, Ross Dally, Nasheer Shama, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and many others.

Two of his compositions have been used by John Williams in the soundtrack for 2005 Steven Spielberg film “Munich”. Since 2006 he has appeared regularly on Greek National TV where every Sunday he directs the orchestra of the show “Kyriakatiko Trapezi – Sunday Table”. Manolis Pappos is the perfect example of the Greek virtuous player. His experimentation with a variety of string instruments such as bouzouki, outi (ud), mandolin, tzouras, baglamas and many others from the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia set him apart from many of his peers. His most recent UK performance was at the Barbican in 2015 in his contributing performance for the Tribute to Markos Vamvakaris.

Marina Deligianni, vocalist
Raised in Athens, Marina grew up immersed in Greek folk music and the sounds of Asia Minor where her family background has its roots. Educated at the National Conservatoire of Music, Marina specialised in modern and folk singing. As a performing artist she has worked alongside musicians and vocalists such as Zaharias Karounis, Dimitris Livanos, Angela Greka and many others. In London Marina teaches vocals and is the lead female singer with the group Plastikes Karekles. She is also one of the founding members of the Rebetiko Carnival. Her recording discography includes: “The Secret of the World by Dimitris Livanos, “Emotions of Üsküdar” by Suat Sancar and “Once upon a time in Greece” by plastikes Karekles

Plastikes Karekles, band
“These Greek folk musicians wowed a captivated audience…they had people dancing in the aisles and evoked memories of sunnier climes” – Nottingham Press “Powerfully emotional” -Songlines magazine

An eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians with roots from traditional Greek folk to classical and jazz. The group is known and appreciated for their own arrangements of music by Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and Xarhakos featuring a fusion of classical string instruments with Greek traditional ones.

More traditional group performances, as will be presented in this evening’s performance, show the members tremendous quality of musical ability as they are able to recreate styles from a diverse repertoire ranging from Rebetika to more contemporary composers. The group have appeared at performances and festivals in Greece and elsewhere abroad. In the UK they have performed at Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more intimate venues such as the Green Note in Camden Town, London.

The musicians of Plastikes Karekles are also the founding members of the Rebetiko Carnival, a one month festival in June with rebetiko music at its heart. They are dedicated to exposing this treasured music to as many people as possible, bringing great artists from Greece to perform as with tonight’s performers, Gerasimos Andreatos and Manolis Pappos.

A very important part of Plastikes Karekles work is also education and outreach work. This has taken them to not only mainstream schools, but also special needs homes, hospitals and prisons throughout the UK.

Gerasimos AndreatosManolis PapposMarina Deligianni

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