SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Greek musical treasures

Yiannis Chaldoupis
Yannis Chaldoupis & Kourelou

Date: 18 February 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 18 February 2016Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Concert

Clarinettist and vocalist Yiannis Chaldoupis plays the traditional music of Greece with a twist. Born in Parakalamos, a village nestled in the mountains of Epiros, his musical ideas come in waves like the contours of the landscape around him. Playing music with 'moria', a traditional term used to express intense emotion and deep feeling, Chaldoupis intuitively understands which rhythms and melodies will move the audience and how to respond to requests and social dynamics as they arise. A feeling of ‘kefi’ – energy and fun – is always present in the room when Chaldoupis is on the stage. 

On this occasion he will collaborate with Kourelou, a London-based band drawing on Greek roots as well as music from other areas of the South Balkans to produce a vibrant musical concoction with a contemporary flair. Do not expect muzak versions of Zorba; instead get ready to experience music that has unbelievable traditional diversity and wealth in a way that is engaging, jazzy and dynamic.

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