September 23, 2016 - 10:41 AM
KAMLOOPS - In 2016, The Rembetika Hipsters will be marking 20 years of bringing the traditional urban and rural music of Greece to Calgary and across Canada.
"Rembetika" refers to the urban part this is the name given to the music which emerged out of the poorer quarters of Athens, and other cities in Greece and in Asia Minor, between the first and second World Wars.
Rembetika introduced the stringed instrument known as the bouzouki to the world, a sound which epitomizes Greek music to this day. The lyrics often portray the poverty and squalour of a people driven from their homes by war. But coupled with the swirling, Middle Eastern modes of the uplifting melodies, a Greek equivalent of ìthe bluesî was created, which has transformed popular Greek music to the present day.
The Rembetika Hipsters will be performing as a five-piece ensemble, featuring Nick Diochnos on bouzouki, Allen Baekeland on guitar, Jonathan Lewis on violin and baglama, Giorgos Iosifelis on bass and Lincoln Frey on clarinets.
All the band members sing. Over the years the band has toured extensively and released three CDs. They have expanded their repertoire to incorporate rural folk music forms from all areas of Greece and have a strong catalogue of original compositions that reflect these styles. The 20th anniversary will be celebrated by the release of new recordings and a special concert performance.
Saturday Sept. 24, 2016
7:30 p.m. Showtime
St Andrews on the Square
159 Seymour St
$21 including GST and ticket fees
Kamloops Live Box Office
Find more information about this event online here.
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