Rebetiko and the Greek Cinema

Thanasis Gavos   Wednesday, 21 February 2018; 8:30-10:30pm
Greek cinema, rebetiko

An evening with Katerina Clambaneva celebrating the rebetiko scene as depicted in Greek films of the 1950s and 60s and how this ultimately helped establish the next wave of popular Greek music. Including music of Hiotis, Mitsakis, Zabetas and other great composers.

Preceding the performance, there will be a short introductory talk (20 mins) by Kostas Voros on the relation between rebetiko and cinema. This will consider the different aspects of this relation: the historical and cultural background, the place of rebetiko music in the Greek films of the 1950s and 1960s, the ways in which the rebetiko world (the music and the characters) got represented in these films and the significance for the music itself of having figures of the likes of Hiotis, Mitsakis and Zabetas appearing and playing their songs in these films.

– Katerina Clambaneva, vocals
– Dimitris Gionis, bouzouki/guitar
– Andreas Papapetrou, keyboard/accordion

Kostas Voros-speaker

Katerina Clambaneva is a greatly sought after Greek singer based in London. She has achieved great success as one of the founding members of PAKAW over the last ten years and the Josquin Singers of B.A.C.H. Cities she has performed in include Athens, San Francisco, Oakland, London, Isle of Wight, Ixtapa Mexico, Brussels Belgium, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Mytilini Greece.

Her show dedicated to Hadjidakis, created together with pianist Anastasios Sarakatsanos has proved to be one of the most popular in recent years and most recently sold out in a in two consecutive showings at the Art house, London. Career highlights as a vocalist include the dance production of Rebetiko with Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF and music by Minos Matsas, with shows in Berlin and San Francisco and the film score for the Spanish film De Tu Ventana a la mia directed by Paula Ortiz with music composed by Avshalom Caspi.

Dimitris Gionis started playing the bouzouki at 11 years old and from an early age began performing in concerts and music halls. At the age of 16 he started a long term collaboration with the composer and singer Antonis Repanis. Among others, Dimitris has been performing with singers such as Melina Aslanidou, Giannis Dunias, Nadia Karagianni, Georgios Kalatzis and other excellent musicians. For two years now he has been combining his musical activities with his studies in psychology in London.

Andreas Papapetrou is a composer, performer, researcher and music teacher. He holds a PhD in Composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. His compositional output includes works in various genres, ranging from solo to full symphonic orchestra works. He is a classically trained pianist and accordionist, specialised in contemporary music works, cross-arts performance and improvisation. More information: andreaspapapetrou.com


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