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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 02 November 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2019 17 MUSIC ‘We had the warmest welcome by Greeks in Australia’ Laikodimotiko trio, Yiorgos Velissaris, Yiota Griva and Nektarios Kokkonis will wrap up their tour in Sydney and Melbourne F ollowing successful concerts in Perth and Adelaide last week, Greek laikodimotiko stars Yiorgos Velissaris, Yiota Griva and Nektarios Kokkonis are getting ready for their two final shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The group arrived in Melbourne on the early hours of Monday morning, but lack of sleep was not a good enough reason to stop them from meeting Melbourne Greeks, so they ended up enjoying an outing at Oakleigh's Kentro. Neos Kosmos took the opportunity to contact them on the day and get a comment or two on their impressions from the tour so far. "Our first gigs in Perth and Adelaide were a blast!" said Yiorgos Velissaris, "the audience was extremely responsive and we had a great time, we are indeed quite satisfied with how they went." Velissaris' comeback was a much awaited one for those who had the chance to see him in 2017 performing with Gogo Tsampa. And it certainly doesn't come as a surprise that one of his latest songs is called "Tha horepsoume", a reminder of the singer's talent in getting everyone on the dance floor! This Australian tour is unique for yet another reason, marking Yiota Griva's first visit Down Under. The 'queen of the night' as they often call her in Greece, is known to wow audiences with her majestic voice and ability to revive the dimotiko tradition for younger audiences like very few. "We had the warmest welcome by Greeks in Australia," Griva enthused. In Perth and Adelaide, she said, people seemed to love all kinds of music featuring in the selection they had for the nights. "We sang older songs, classic dimotika, and people would know how to dance everything, from tsamika, to kalamatiana and ipirotika, but also modern laika and zeimpekika..." Klarino virtuoso Nektarios Kokkonis was equally pleased with how they were received by the diaspora." Kokkonis is considered amongst the top of his field and has collaborated with the most renowned laikodimotiko performers in the contemporary Greek music scene. * Velissaris, Griva and Kokkonis will have their last shows on Saturday 2 November in Sydney and on Monday 4 November (Melbourne Cup Eve) in Melbourne (Grand Star Receptions, 499 Grieve Parade, Altona North). Tickets available from $95 (includes meze, drinks extra). For tickets call 0405 292 442 (Sydney) or 0466 893 647 (Melbourne) or 0422 472 006 for more information. Vale Yiannis Spanos C omposer and musician Yiannis Spanos, the father of the so-called New Wave in Greece in the '60s, died on Thursday at the age of 85. Spanos's first release in 1964 'Mia agapi gia to kalokeri' (A summer love) indelibly sealed his mark on the Greek music scene, and he took off from there with several successful LPs and many of his songs are wellknown to Greek people. Spanos was born in Kiato, northern part of Corinthia in the Peloponnese, on 26 July 1934. His father was a dentist who hoped his son would follow in his footsteps. The young man was Artists Yiorgos Velissaris (third from left), Yiota Griva next to him, and Nektarios Kokkonis (first from right) enjoyed an outing at Oakleigh’s Kentro, on Monday night, where they met with Greek fans. PHOTO: COSTAS DEVES Australian tour kicks off for Kiamos and Malu G reek fans of the laiko music genre have reason to dance now that the Panos Kiamos' concerts have kicked off in capital cities around Australia following last night's concert in Brisbane. The singer has another three shows scheduled in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne and is joined on stage by rising star Malu (Maria Kyriakopoulou), who has seen her reputation rise exponentially since coming second in music TV competition 'Greek Idol', in 2011. Malu's live shows are said to be uplifting and filled with kefi, and rest assured, her singing skills are also highly praised. A visit to videos from her latest album posted on YouTube is all that's needed to convince those in doubt. As for Kiamos, well really he doesn't need many introductions. His 2012 sold-out tour Down Under, followed by a series of comebacks, should suffice to remind you of the popularity he enjoys within the country's Greek community. The 44-year-old laiko star has 19 albums under his belt and even his first hits from 1998 are still heard in Greek radio: Trelos yia sena, Koita na mathaineis, Horis nero boro, Fotia me Fotia. His most loyal followers will be looking forward to listen to newer songs as well in his upcoming tour, including his latest single Mou stoihizei. Panos Kiamos and Malu perform live in Brisbane (1 November), Sydney (2 November), Adelaide (3 November) and Melbourne (4 November). *For tickets see details below: Brisbane: call 0438 171 385 or 0417 735 716 Sydney: head to http:// Panos Kiamos and Malu (Maria Kyriakopoulou) kicked off their performances in Brisbane last night. greekentertainment. com.au/js_events/panoskiamos-2019-tour/ Adelaide: email info@ nextgenerationevents.com. au or call 0411748624 Melbourne: visit www. trybooking.com/book/ event?eid=546661 drawn to the world of music more than science, and was particularly influenced by his sister's piano studies, before he moved to Athens at the age of 17 to study at the National Conservatory where he learned to play the piano. He travelled extensively and lived briefly in Italy, Germany and the UK, eventually heading to Paris, France, where moved permanently in 1961. On the Parisian artistic scene, he worked at the Rive Gauche as a piano accompanist. He accompanied many French artists like Cora Vaucaire, Serge Gainsbourg, Béatrice Arnac and Juliette Gréco. It was in Paris and in French that he wrote his first songs; an example is the song Sidonie that was sung by Brigitte Bardot in the film A Very Private Affair. When he eventually moved back to Greece, he was pivotal in the creation of the Greek New Wave genre. He continued composing music, including soundtracks for films; his songs have been sung by many Greek singers including Keti Chomata, Arleta, Giannis Poulopoulos and Dimitris Mitropanos. He also set to music poems by several Greek poets. Despite being 85, he was active until his death Thursday and had been busy preparing for a series of concerts.
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