Greek Roots Series: Ortakides - Sounds of Crete

Sunday 14th April 2024 @ The Green Note

At this special gig we will be exploring a variety of Cretan music sounds. From seated folk songs* of the urban centers of the island, to traditional melodies and dance rhythms originated from the rural Cretan sea-side and mountain regions, we have picked some which speak to our soul.

* These songs were performed primarily in coffee houses and taverns, and to a lesser extent at feasts. They are strongly influenced by the sounds of Asia Minor music due to the established trading interaction with Cretan ports, the population migration during the 1920s, and the historical existence of the Turkish population in Crete. Some people refer to this repertoire as the rebetiko of Crete both because of similarities in the root cause of their emergence, but also due to the direct influence of the first and popular musicians in Cretan recordings by the rebetiko key representatives.

The term urban folk songs of Crete is used by the musicologist Manos Karteris in the book Music on Crete, jointly published by the Department of Musicology at the University of Vienna and Musical Editions Seistron Aerakis, Vienna 2017.


Christos Angelidakis: Cretan lyra, voice
Simon Mercouris: Cretan laouto, voice
Miltos Boumis: Cretan laouto, voice
George Angelopoulos: Mandolin, lavta, voice

Event Details

Doors open: 13:45

Music starts: 14:15

Music finishes: 16:30

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