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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 April 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 19 ARTS know names and songs, when I had no idea," she laughs. This changed when she started studying at the Victorian College of the Arts. "I got exposed to a lot of modern music that my friends were really into, we were sharing music and it was all bouncing off each other, in a really creative space." But her true influence is Cox, a versatile drummer and producer who shapes Messinis' compositions and vocals into the LEFKΑΔΑ tracks. The project marks a lot of firsts for Messinis. "This is the first time I've put something out there with myself singing," she says and references R'n'B singers Jill Scott and Lalah Hathaway as her influences. "I've always been interested in singing, but my mum wouldn't let me take up singing lessons as a kid because I was already learning too many instruments," she laughs. "You can't do the choir as well as the jazz band as well as the orchestra," was Mrs Messinis' reasoning. But the most challenging part has been writing lyrics. "Lyrics are hard," she says. There's a reason for that: "I want the lyrics to reflect personal experiences, I'm not pulling stuff out of the air." This is definitely reflected on the duet's debut track, Deadlines, a song about her challenging experience with chronic fatigue and anxiety. On the LEFKΑΔΑ Facebook page, it is described as "a sonic representation of the derailing and debilitating nature of chronic stress and anxiety. The pulsating movement of the song symbolises the never-ending pressures of modern society; ones that can, if left unmanaged, lead to an individual's mental collapse." Which is to say, that it is not your average dance track. "I know it seems crazy, but it's important for me to talk about real stuff," she says, explaining how she's juxtaposing the musical style of dance music with a serious issue, hoping that people are going to enjoy the sound and want to dance, but then want to go deeper. "I guess it's all about bringing those messages in an accessible way," she says. "It's sort of like comedians bringing up serious issues. They make people laugh, they draw people in and then slap you in the face with a message." 'Deadlines' is available through Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Soundcloud. For more information and future releases, head to facebook.com/lefkadamusic (L-R) Curators Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis with Greek Consul General Christos Karras, Macquarie University Associate Librarian Susan Vickery, and Chair of the Greek Festival of Sydney Nia Karteris. PHOTO: PAMELA PROESTOS/GREEK FESTIVAL OF SYDNEY A section of the exhibition ‘Cafe Dreaming: Greek Cafe & Milk Bar Style’. PHOTO: EFFY ALEXAKIS FROM THE ‘IN THEIR OWN IMAGE: GREEK-AUSTRALIANS’ NATIONAL PROJECT ARCHIVES, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY Café dreaming A recently opened exhibition captures the historical significance of the Greek café and milk bar culture and style Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski are continuing on their mission to preserve the legacy of the Greek cafés and milk bars of Australia with a new exhibition. As part of the 36th Greek Festival of Sydney, 'Café Dreaming: Greek Café & Milk Bar Style' was launched on Monday at Macquarie University by Consul General of Greece, Christos Karras. Curated by Alexakis and Janiszewski in partnership with the Australian History Museum with the assistance of Rosanna Luca, the collection delves into the aesthetics and style of the period, which was an essential element of Australia's Greek cafés and milk bars. It highlights how style-wise British tastes dominated, but by the 1930s it was American style, namely through Art Deco design, that started to filter through and dominate. Introduced by the Greeks, it gave Australians a taste of the American Dream; a lifestyle perceived to be better, richer, and fuller with multi-coloured etched mirrors, badged silverplated and ceramic tableware, flashing neon lights, gleaming soda fountain counters, and exotic marble-topped tables. Drawing from the In Their Own Image: Greek Australians project, the curators have gathered rare, unique and diverse objects from the period, featuring tableware, décor and original uniforms that span from the 1920s right through to the 1960s. Included among the exhibits are a restored 1950s espresso machine, over 100 silverware and crockery items, along with original signage designed by Leonard French. Giving the collection even greater depth are photographic images, menus and advertising graphics from the time, accompanied by insightful explanatory texts. 'Café Dreaming: Greek Café & Milk Bar Style' is on at the Macquarie University Library Exhibition Space (Macquarie University Library Building C3C, cnr of Macquarie Walk & Central Ave, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park) now until 30 May (Mon-Fri: 8.00 am – 10.00 pm; SatSun: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm). Greek community theatre brings a new perspective to audiences Hundreds turned out to see the anticipated stage play Perspective directed by Stathis Grapsas, shedding light on everyday experiences with a comical flair The Greek community's Creative Drama & Arts group breathed new life into South Oakleigh Secondary College's Strachan Theatre on Thursday night, with an impressive performance of Perspective. Hundreds turned out to see the anticipated play directed by Stathis Grapsas, which dealt with contemporary themes through clever dialogue delivered by a higher calibre of performers, despite being amateur. An improvised performance, it managed to successfully capture the ups and downs of everyday life through comedy, topics including romantic relationships, the hypocrisy found in religion, and Greek bureaucracy, amongst a host of others. Under Grapsas' guidance, the team came together to brainstorm their ideas, putting forward their own personal experiences in Greece and Australia, and worked on the performance over just two-and-a-half months. "The themes were the PHOTOS: SUPPLIED experiences of the group on stage," coordinator Katerina Poutachidou told Neos Kosmos. "They were able to record their experiences and Stathis took these and put his own artistic spin on them to dramatise them and tie all the pieces into a single ensemble." The passionate performers came together two to three times a week for 3-hour rehearsals, committed to the project, which showed on the night. "They were there, and they wanted to share their thoughts with the public. In the three years they have been taking part in the workshop, they have developed friendships between them, and this energy and aura contributed to the play." The show was embraced by Greeks and non-Greeks alike, giving a much needed fresh perspective into the daily life of members of the community in Melbourne. Following Thursday night's success, there are plans in the pipeline for Perspective to return to the stage, so watch this space for details.
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