Muses Of The Mediterranean: Vicky Anastasiou, Beyond Rebetika

Thanasis Gavos   Sunday, 16 September 2018; 7:30-10:00pm
Greek music, rebetika, Vicky Anastasiou

Muses of the Mediterranean: Vicky Anastasiou, voice

Maria Tsirodimitri-guitar/voice
Pavlos Carvalho-bouzouki/voice


Vicky Anastasiou sings a programme of music ranging from rebetika through to more contemporary Greek music. Toundas, Tsitsanis to Zabetas, Theodorakis, Hadjidakis, Kougioumdzis and more. Music born from poverty and suppression that gradually journeyed into the concert halls and radios and into every household, becoming the very make up of the Greek identity. Songs about love, hate, friendship, loss, hope, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, food, the sea and anything you can think of. The themes of the trials and tribulations of every day living of everyday people gives us something that we all relate to, beyond the time it was written in and is what keeps this music so alive and poignant today.

A Personal Note.

Before leaving London to return home to Cyprus Vicky became one of the most loved singers here, with her powerfully emotional performances. She was at the centre of Greek music in London and was sought after by many bands due to the quality of her voice, the warmth and generosity of her personality and a rare deeply rooted integrity that we all sensed when we played with her. She performed with many groups including Plastikes Karekles, regularly, singing at Soas and setting up choirs for the community. We are extremely excited and happy that our dear friend is coming back after 6 years away, to perform songs that she used to sing with us and that we grew to love all together.

Vassiliki Anastasiou was born in Cyprus and studied music performance (singing) at the London College of Music. She has performed in Hong Kong, Qatar, Italy, France, Cyprus and Greece, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Austria, Germany and Lebanon. Vasiliki has created the Amalgamation Project (band) and an all-female a capella ‘Cypriot’ choir . Samples of their work, have traveled online through youtube with millions of hits (video series “Live at the Library -Amalgamation Choir” by Louvana productions). She has participated in the music of the movie Dragon Blade 2015 (Jackie Chan, Andrien Brody, John Cusack). She recently founded the Cyprus Voice Center and is an active performer and coach in theatrical performances and other events, teaching voice workshops.

–Culture award 2016 (ONEK)
– Worshipful Silver Medalist 2010 (UK).

Tickets: £15, concessions £12.50

Doors open: 19.30
Music starts: 20.00


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159A Tottenham Lane,
London N8 9BT

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