“Havas” Rythmic and harmonic approach
to the music of the makams

Guitar workshop with Kostas Kostakis

Thursday 22th June 2023 @ The Cypriot Community Centre

In the workshop, led by Kostas Kostakis, we will analyse and build rhythmic motifs and bass lines, typical of the Greek “Bassokitharo”. We will explore this using different rhythms such as tsifteteli, karsilamas, kalamatiano and have fun with it through musical games for the guitar.

Kostis Kostakis was born in 1986 and grew up in Athens. Originally classically trained from the age of 8, he switched to the electric guitar in his teenage years, eventually picking up the lap steel guitar as well. He has been performing professionally since the age of 18.

From 2005 to 2011 he participated in the rebetiko band HiPsi, where he thoroughly studied the songs, compositions and work of the great rebetiko guitarists, complemented by a guitar course with Erkan Ogur in Houdetsi (Labyrinth workshops).

Starting with Elektrobalkana in 2011, over the last 10+ years he has performed with numerous rebetiko and traditional bands, including Rebetien (now performing under the name Rebeti), Trio Katara Band and Sabi Band, which perform original material connecting gramophone sounds with contemporary musical patterns, and White Birds Band, a tribute to the great musician Kostas Bezos. As a lap steel guitarist, he also collaborated with Fotis Siotas in 2021. 

Notable collaborations include Babis Gkoles, Agathonas Iakovidis, Solon Lekkas, Haig Yazdjian, Dimitris Mitsotakis, Nikos Tatasopoulos, Dimitris Mistakidis, Fotis Siotas, Vasilis Skoutas, Dimitris Mitarakis, Marios Papadeas, Yiannis Niarchos and other great musicians.

Workshop Details

Arrival time: 18:45

Start: 19:00

Finish: 22:00

Learning level: open to all levels

Language: Greek & English

Instrument: guitar

Please note, the price at the door is £25. Only card payments are accepted.

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