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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 April 2016
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2016 OUT & ABOUT ebetika is a genre of music that was born in Greece in the 1920s, often called the Greek blues. Like the blues, it grew out of a specific urban subculture and reflected the harsh realities of an oppressed subculture’s lifestyle. Even to this day this music still thrives in many parts of the world, especially in the diaspora. Melbourne musician Con Kalamaras has a passion for the R genre and two years ago released a debut rebetiko album. “I recorded the album on a laptop at home and brought in some friends to help,” he says. ”The end result was a collection of rebetiko songs that has since sold out and sold to people in Australia, Greece, UK and the US. This new project is for the release of a second rebetika album recorded in Melbourne.” The project consists of three Melbourne Greek musicians - Kalamaras (bouzouki/baglama/tzoura), Illias Chatziemmanouil (guitar/vocals) and Kon Karamountzos (baglama/tzoura) - who share a passion for rebetika, with this album being a collection of songs from that era. “The aim is to record this album ourselves, using similar methods to those used when this music first began,” Kalamaras says, “such as single takes and old-school live microphone-recording techniques in respect to the origins of this music, reigniting interest in the genre in Australia and creating opportunities for Australian rebetiko enthusiasts.” The funds will be used to press the CD, artwork and to market the release, including shows within Melbourne and regional Victoria. Funds will also be used to design the artwork and the poster design for the CD launch. “We intend to distribute this CD as part of the Amrap project nationally and also through our social media campaign to market this to various parts of Europe, UK and the USA. “Striking a balance between family and our professional lives might present its challenges, but nothing we wouldn’t be able to work around. Our unwavering passion to this music and this project will prevail and enable us to complete it,” Kalamaras concludes. For more information and to fund the campaign go to www.pozible.com/project/205414 Help support the making of a rebetiko album in Melbourne DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Tempering the iconic The age-old tradition of iconography is to be showcased in an exhibition by students of Melbourne’s Byzantine Art School. Some 70 icons and sacred images will be on display by 25 exhibitors, who have worked tirelessly under the tutorship of school owner and iconographer Anna Prifti. While more than half of the exhibitors are Greek Australian, that is far from being a pre-requisite, with lovers of iconography coming from different backgrounds and age groups. Established in Camberwell in 2005, the school’s aim is to carry on the skills and techniques of the traditional art form. A live demonstration will also be held on May 15. For more information, call (03) 9829 0340, or visit www.kinrossarts.org.au and www.byzantineart.net When: April 14-May 27 (Mon-Fri 10.00 am-3.30 pm) Where: Kinross House, 603 Toorak Road, Toorak, VIC. ‘World View Through Greek Mythology’ lectures The Greek Bilingual Bookshop has launched a series of lectures entitled ‘World View through Greek Mythology’ as part of the Modern Greek Adult learning program. The sessions, held one day a week, will take a theoretical and philosophical approach to mythology. The lectures will be presented by solicitor and playwright George Athanasiadis in Greek, along with English explanations when needed. Summarised notes will be handed out at each lesson. Cost of attendance is $20 and includes all notes, coffee and tea. To register, call (02) 9559 4424 (ThursdaySaturday 10.00 am-4.00 pm) or 0421 969 172 (Monday-Sunday 9.00 am-9.00pm). Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org When: Every Thursday from 6.30 pm-8.00 pm Where: Greek Bilingual Bookshop, 837 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, NSW AAIA tour: art and archaeology of Athens The Australian Archaeological Institute of Athens is sponsoring an exciting tour with a focus on art and archaeology. Led by tour leaders Dr Lita Tzortzopoulou Gregory, Professor Timothy Gregory, Cindy Davis and Professor Bob Davis, the 10-day tour in May will be dedicated to sketching while exploring ancient, medieval, and modern Athens. Suitable for novice, experienced and non-artists, there’ll be countless opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the aesthetic and historical pleasures of Greece. Art instruction will include individual coaching, demonstrations, technical explanation, and group discussions. Exclusive tours of archaeological sites not open to the general public will be conducted by host archaeologists, who are personally involved in the excavations. Sites include Aegina, Athens museums, Psiri district, Sounion, Kerameikos cemetery, Korinth, Isthmia and the Kesariani Monastery complex. For more information, visit www.sydney.edu.au/arts/aaia When: May 3-13, 2016 Where: Various sites throughout Greece.
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