Saturday, October 27, 2007

See the stars ...

For those of you in and around Athens this winter, I have compiled a list of where to see some of your favorite stars:

Asteria has Antipas on board for the season, along with Ina Lazopoulou, Angela Dimitriou.

Two of my favorite ladies, Galani and Arvanitaki, will be singing at the Rex.

Another season opens with Marinella and Remos at the Arena. (Definitely a must)

Michael Hatsigiannis will be accompanied by Glykeria at Vox, and at Romeo you can see Dionysis Makris with Kelly Kelekidou.

Anodos opens with Kiamos and Irene Merkouri, and two of the scenes biggest names Terzi and Zina will be performing together at Iera Odos.

At Posidonio you will be able to see Vertis, along with Eleana Papioannou and Grigoris Petrakis.

Andrea Stamos and Giorgios Giannias continue for another season at Frangelico, and Notis Sfakianakis has two lovely ladies, Chrispa and Gianna Terzi, by his side at Enastron.

Despina Vandi and Vasilis Karras have come together for their show at Diogenis.

Neraida (Theo) hosts Gonidis, Pieridi,

Zazopoulo and Elena Grekou are live at Notes.

Ploutarchos has some great acts with him at the Kentro Athinon including Apostolia Zoe, Tamta and Gianni Vardi.

Gogo Mastrokosta will be singing at Skyladiko VIP with other artists including Papailias, Stefanidou, Bati, Kapodistria and Vasilaras.

Aggeliki Iliadi and Christos Kiprianides are singing at Muses.

Myr a Mar (aka Bambis) has opened with Philipa Nikolaou, stathi angelopoulo, Stella Konitopoulou and Evdokia.

Petro Imvrio, Sabrina and Spiro Spirako are playing at Empati North.

At Taboo you can see Dimitri Kokkota, Ioanna Koutalidou, Kosta Mikeli, Vasiliki Maniatakou.

The place to be may be the Place this season, with Christo Sarlani, Sissy Loi, Angela Vagia, Lefteri Karvela, Gianni Parlapano, Giorgio Lexi, Mika Darmani and Evi Lira.

Stelio Dionysio and Stella Georgiadou are performing at Scorpio.

Giorgo Mazonaki and Niko Makropoulo will be on at Fever.

At Akti Piraios you can see Christos Menidiatis and Amarillida.

Lefteri Pantazi and Giorgo Margariti have a full programme at the Opera or Luna Dark

Nikos Oikonomopoulos will be playing at Fix.

Paralia Live will be getting on down to Eleni Karousaki, Gianni Kostoglou, Kosta Apergi and Olga Panteli.

Stavro tou Notou has Melina Aslanidou, Manos Pirovolakis and Giorgios Karadimos, with guest stars coming in on Thursdays.

Giorgios Dalaras will also be performing a series of concerts at the Pallas, along with Despoina Olympiou.

(I hope all the info is correct, but please let me know if I have made any mistakes)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Music and Me...

A passion. My first memories of Greek Music were the songs my father had collected over the years. A habit he had, one which I would acquire, was to whistle or hum tunes while he was working. Sometimes the hum would lead to the whispering of the words, and would normally end up in a full recital of the song. Wherever he was in the house, we could always find him, if we followed the tune.

Sundays were never my favourite days as a child, as they were the days when I helped with the chores. Since it was also my parent's day off, I was the one who got up early to clean the shop, so they wouldn't have too much to do when they awoke. This being the case, I would take the cassette recorder with me, and put in the greek tapes, letting the music ring through my ears, and reach my soul. It seemed that the words had more meaning, more passion than they did in English. I would listen to anything, and when I reached the age of making choices, I would buy anything sung by Glykeria, Marinella, Alexiou. Kazanzidi was always a favourite, as his voice would harmoniously inspire nostalgia in all of us, as he sang about being an immigrant, about poverty and, as I would later understand, the effects of an unbalanced system.

Sundays were also the days when the family was home, so on Sunday nights we would always play music and learn Greek dances with my parents. I still have photos of my brother and I dancing hasaposerviko around the coffee table, with my parents looking on.

I wanted to be a singer. It seemed that I had inherited my father's thirst for music and his voice, but my dreams were not the same as his, so when my music teacher at school suggested I take lessons in music and song, the idea was just thrown out of the window.

It was only until three years ago, when I sang at a friend's wedding, that I suddenly realized that I could still do what I loved. The band offered me a job, and since then I have been singing. I know my voice is not perfect, but I try. Obviously I didn't tell my father until a long time after I had started working. The sad thing is that his reaction was the same as when I was at school. The difference was that I didn't care. Now I work here and there. I also sing a lot of the songs I would listen to when I was younger. My list of favorite Greek singers has expanded as I now try to sing songs by Arvanitaki, Galani, Kana and many others. I love ballads, zeimbekika, laika, rembetika but I find it hard to sing the more traditional "dimotika", I suppose because I just never listened to them when I was younger. It's hard, as I work full time anyway, but a passion is a passion ....