Theodorakis: The Love Songs with Plastikes Karekles

This coming Wednesday at Jamboree, a sweet night devoted to the love songs of Greek legend Mikis Theodorakis, as played by Plastikes Karekles.

Theodorakis is known very much as a political activist. Much of his music reflects this deep involvement in politics. However, for this night the band will be setting politics aside and performing his nostalgic, melodic and profound love songs, set to the poetry of writers such as Ritsos and Seferis. These songs continue to be performed throughout Greece today.

Note from the band: “There might even be time to squeeze in a Zorba’s dance!!!”

Plastikes Karekles are:
Marina Deligianni, vocals
Spiros Bolovinis, vocals/baglama
Pavlos Carvalho, bouzouki/cello
Dimitris Gkionis, bouzouki
Spiros Paisios, piano

“Plastikes Karekles represent a culture of reinvention as defiant and hopeful as the music itself.”

–Song Lines magazine

An eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians with roots from traditional Greek folk to classical and jazz, Plastikes Karekles are 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.

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, Vortex and the Forge, 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.

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.

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