Diaspora and Rebetiko Music

Monday 13th November 2023 @ Great Hall

Join us for an evening dedicated to exploring the songs and music of the Greek diasporic world with the Rebetiko Carnival musicians.

Dr Konstantinos Trimmis, CHS Visiting Research Fellow, will introduce the evening’s programme and the two speakers. Ed Emery, the coordinator of the SOAS Rebetiko Band, will speak about his decades-long experience of conducting rebetiko research and organising musical activities in London, Istanbul, and elsewhere. He will also introduce the forthcoming book, titled the SOAS Rebetiko Reader, and pay homage to Ilias Petropoulos, the father of rebetiko studies, who died in Paris 20 years ago. Dr James Nissen (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Music, University of Sheffield) specialises in music, identity, and multiculturalism. He will present his research on the London rebetiko scene and the rebetiko of the Greek diaspora.


George Tsolakis: Voice, guitar
Maria Tsirodimitri: Guitar, voice
Spiros Bolovinis: Voice, baglama, bouzouki, Tzoura
George Angelopoulos: Bouzouki, baglama 
Pavlos Carvalho: Double bass

The Rebetiko Carnival musicians are a group brought together by the Rebetiko Carnival festival, representing some of the UK’s most beloved Greek bands. For this evening’s performance, they bring together musicians from Plastikes Karekles, Amalgama, and the Icons of Greek Music project. They have performed at festivals in Greece, France, Italy, Scotland, Wales and Qatar. In the UK they have performed at the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more at intimate venues such as the Green Note, Vortex and the Forge, London.

Event Details

Doors open: 18:30

Music starts: 19:00

Music finishes: 21:30

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