Next concerts coming up, next month!

As part of the Festival “Les Nuits du Labyrinth” we will travel with Milo Ke Mandarin Quartet to Geneve, to join a powerfull programing of two weekends with over 15 concerts and events with artists of Labyrinth coming from around the world! Check the festival’s programming here.

Then off to Athens for another collaboration with the Guitar/Cello Trio with Tabakis Giorgos and Stavros Parginos, as well as two days presenting our “No Time” cd with Magnanimus Trio

Last but not least i’ll participate in the concert/release album of dearest friend and co-musician from Crete/Athens Giorgos Papaioannou, namely “Anamesis”

4/11 Milo Ke Mandarini Quartet / Geneve – Festival Les Nuits du Labyrinthe
16/11 Barbas Tabakis Parginos / Athens –  The Zoo
17/11 Magnanimus Trio Live at Underflow / Athens
18/11 Magnanimus Trio Live at Underflow / Athens
19/11 Giorgos Papaioannou, Anamesis, New Album Presentation

See you on the road 😉

Μέρα γενεθλίων σήμερα και το καλύτερο δώρο ήρθε σήμερα από την Eleni Lomvardou τη φίλη και συνεργάτιδα, γραφίστρια η οποία επιμελήθηκε το εξώφυλλο ενός νέου δίσκου. Τα συναισθήματα είναι ανάμεικτα, γιατί η φωτογράφος και καρδιακή φίλη στην οποία ανήκει η φωτογραφία Alexandra P. Kavouraδεν είναι πια μαζί μας. Η Αλεξάνδρα είχε βγάλει μια σειρά από φωτογραφίες για το εξώφυλλο και για το εσωτερικό του cd, σε αυτό που έμελλε να ήταν το τελευταίο της ταξίδι στο Νεπάλ.

Έτσι, μέσα από αυτά τα ανάμεικτα συναισθήματα που αναδύονται από τη ζωή και το θάνατο, τη χαρά και τη λύπη, το φως και το σκοτάδι έρχεται να ταξιδέψει αυτή η νέα μουσική η οποία ηχογραφήθηκε το καλοκαίρι του 2012 και για διάφορους λόγους άργησε τόσο να έρθει στο φώς.

Ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ στον Murat Aydemir που εκτός από συνοδοιπόρος υπήρξε, και είναι ακόμη, μεγάλος δάσκαλος και δικός μου και πολλών άλλων.

Επίσης στον Ross Daly που μας εμπιστεύτηκε μια σύνθεση του σε αυτόν το δίσκο, καθώς και τον Bora Uymaz Hayranları που κόσμησε με την καταπληκτική του φωνή δύο τραγούδια, συνθέσεις του Murat και δικές μου, και ένα απίστευτο Gazel (φωνητικό αυτοσχεδιασμό) καθώς και στην Isabel Martín (μήλο ή μανταρίνι; Milo Ke Mandarini!) που πρόσθεσε κρουστά από την κεντρική Ισπανία και τον Carlos Ramírez που τα ηχογράφησε.

Πολλές ευχαριστίες επίσης στον Vangelis Apostolou για την άψογη δουλειά του στην μίξη και το mastering του δίσκου από την Κρήτη, καθώς και τους Onur Özçelik και ömer Taşkın για την ηχογράφηση στην Τουρκία και τα στούντιο της Kalan.

Το cd θα κυκλοφορήσει πολύ σύντομα διαδικτυακά και σε φυσική μορφή.

Επίσης μια σκέψη μου είναι να εκδοθεί σε LP Βινύλιο, όχι πρωτίστως για την μουσική, αλλά πιο πολύ για τις 14 υπέροχες φωτογραφίες της Αλεξάνδρας που θα κοσμούν το εσωτερικό του άλμπουμ, για να τους δοθεί ο χώρος που τους αξίζει… Προσεχώς περισσότερα νέα…

“Entre Creta i el Montseny”
Article de Jordi Alsina, sobre la nova aventura de “Labyrinth a Catalunya”, combinant “fonts” de la música de Tesalonica amb el grup històric “Vorlike”!

Ένα άρθρο στα καταλανικά από τον Jordi Alsina για την καινούργια περιπέτεια του “Λαβύρινθου στην Καταλονία”, συνδιάζοντας πολύτιμες “πηγές” της μουσικής ιστορίας της θεσσαλονίκης, με τους Vorlike!…

Milo Ke Mandarini are Carlos Ramirez & Isabel Martin two wonderful musicians and friends from Toledo / Spain playing and investigating what would be called (in absence of a better term) “Musics from the Mediterranean. They were so kind as to invite me, not only to participate in their new Cd “La vereda de la gitana”  but also to form part of the extended project “Milo Ke Mandarini Quartet” together with wonderful Miriam Encinas Laffite on viela, recordes, percussion and more 🙂

Here is the video of one of the songs included in the new cd (you can buy it on their online shop), stay tuned for more news and concerts about this promising project!

www.milokemandarini.com

Tomorrow Sunday at 09:00-10:00 (UK+1 time) i will be giving an interview in Spain’s National Radio 3, at Pilar Sampietro Colom’s “Mediterráneo” talking about music-making and traveling from Thessaloniki to Crete to Istanbul and then Catalunya!

I’ll be presenting also “Labyrinth in Catalunya” the new series of seminars & masterclasses (https://www.facebook.com/groups/labyrinthcatalunya/) and of course we will be hearing a lot of music from the last cd’s of Neda, Zohar Fresco’s “Tof Miriam”, Efrén López Sanz ‘s “El Fill del Llop”, Kelly Thoma’s “7Fish”, Ross Daly “An-Ki” and Magnanimus Trio “No Time”, and also playing some live music with the ney 🙂

You can hear online the program in this link, or even download it afterwards here

I am really delighted to announce “Labyrinth in Catalunya”, a “journey for Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Spain/Catalunya on May 2016! 6 new Spring Seminars, taking place in Cardedeu.
In collaboration with Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Crete/Greece, we are working intensively for this new event. Soon we will be ready to announce all the details in a new website: labyrinthcatalunya.com

For the moment here is the full list of seminars and prices. For information & inscriptions write to labyrinthcatalunya@gmail.com

5-10 May
Zohar Fresco – Frame Drums & Percussion
Hooshang Farahani – Iranian Music & Tar

12-17 May
Ross Daly & Kelly Thoma – Composition in Modal Music
Ömer Erdoğdular – Ney & Ottoman Music

19-24 May
Giorgos Manolakis – Songs from Greece: Rembetika & Kritika
Giorgos Papaioannou – Violin & Modal Music

Seminars Timetable:
1st day: 17:00-20:00
2nd to 6th day: 10:00-13:00 & 17:00-20:00

Is you are interested make sure you join the group in facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/labyrinthcatalunya/

Last December Magnanimus Trio performed at “Stegi” – the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens/Greece, opening the 5th Panorama of Greek Jazz. It was a magical concert and we would like to thank all the crew of the venue for the wonderful sound. We will be posting soon some videos from this performance, for the time-being here are some photos from the night of the concert. A big thank you to Yannis Soulis (www.all4mat.gr) for all the photos ? you can see all the photos in this link in magnanimus trio’s site

m3@stegiWe are delighted to announce that Magnanimus Trio will be opening the 5th Greek Jazz Panorama at the prestigious Onassis Cultural Center / Stegi Grammaton & Tehnon at Athens this December, 4th!

Below you can read the introduction notes from the festival:
“A three-day festival dedicated to the contemporary Greek jazz and improvisation scene. Triumphantly setting the outward-looking tone the festival has always aimed for and achieved, five outstanding Greek combos take to the stage with their invited guests….

…The groups taking part in the 5th Greek Jazz Panorama are impressively varied. Indeed, this year’s event goes beyond presenting to actively encouraging a fertile stylistic pluralism which combines the contemporary with the traditional to feed into the vivacity and dynamism of the Greek jazz scene.

The Magnanimus Trio get proceedings underway on the first evening of the Festival. Their musical world contains elements of modal jazz in conversation with other contemporary and traditional idioms in minimalist compositions, songs and improvised music…

More info here: http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG1399/?

Looking forward to see you in Athens this December!

We are excited to announce that our new cd “No Time” will be ready real soon! Here is a short presentation of our new work, filmed and directed by Artemis Anastasiadou…!

Jordi Alsina has given an interview in the Spanish “Radio Nacional 3” about the situation in Greece, also presenting various musicians from Greece/Crete, amongst others Psarogiorgis, Giorgos Manolakis, Kelly Thoma and Neda

You can hear in this link the whole interview (Neda appears in minute 40′)

You can also check & support his verkami page, where he presents his new project for a new book on Greece & Crete, written in Catalan!

 

Next Tuesday, 18th August, at Swedish Radio P2 Live www.sverigesradio.se/P2 Live Folk och Världsmusik, there will be a broadcast from Neda ‘s concert from last April in Stallet/ Stockholm.

The second part will be broadcasted two weeks later, Tuesday 1st September. The program begins at 19.03 Swedish time (20.03 Greek time) The concert will start around 19.45 (20.45).

Note that the program can be listen to from the website, 30 days after the first broadcast.

In this video you can see Neda playing “Hikmet” in a sound check in another place in Stockholm, Sofia Church, also from a concert last april in Sweden. Composition by Giwrgos Papaioannou, video shooting by Pavlos Spyropoulos!

Next Saturday 13.06 we will be in Larisa / North Greece,with Dimitris Tasoudis, for a workshop about improvisation in music and also a night concert. We will be playing in Duet in the terrace of “Klimax” right next to the wonderful ancient open theater of Larisa under a starry sky! If you happen to be around we will be glad to see you there 🙂

Christos Barbas Dimitris Tasoudis Improvisation Proect

Last March I spend 10 full days in Israel, with Zohar Fresco, rehearsing, recording and performing for his new project “Zohar Fresco Quartet”. Here you can enjoy a video from our last concert in ‘Elma’ in Zichron Yaakov. It’ s one of the amazing compositions of Zohar’s, with a strong rhythmic element. ‘Ma-ne-gi-na’ is the word he uses to describe & articulate this world of complex polyrhythmic-melodies based on Middle-eastern rhythms but incorporating various other sonorities as you can listen 🙂 Enjoy!