X-TERRA, The Eastern Piano Project

Sunday 9th June 2024 @ Jamboree


X-Terra, an avant-garde meta-folk album for two instruments: the piano and the human voice. This is a provoking retelling of old stories, removed from their supposed natural places into the undefined but real world of the narrators, in the present tense. In X-Terra the present enslaves the past. Historically, in this present tense, elves reside.


Nikos Ordoulidis: Piano
Akis Pitsanis: Voice

Nikos Ordoulidis – Ordoulidis was born in the mountains of northern Greece, in the small town of Naousa. He lived for years in the ‘erstwhile’, queen of Cosmopolitanism, Thessaloniki. He has lived, studied and worked as a musician and musicologist in Greece, Bulgaria, England, Italy and Switzerland. Ordoulidis writes music for solo piano, the theatre and popular orchestra. He seeks ways to re-read, understand and negotiate the multifarious musical idioms of a large geographical span, a musical ecumene: Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa. He creates bands with students from the university at which he teaches, often constructing new frameworks, environments and aesthetical cloaks, always in the present tense. He has given performances in Taiwan, Iceland, Germany, England, Luxemburg, Turkey, France, Switzerland. For the last few years he is working on the Eastward Piano (www.eastward-piano.com / www.ordoulidis.gr).

Akis Pitsanis – Akis was born in Northwest Greece, Kastoria. At the early age of 7 he had the first contact with music experience. During the teenage years he created his own rock/metal bands playing the drums and later the guitar. The band named “TELMA” recorded one album with the synonym title. He studied luthiery in Kastoria and musicology in the university of Arta (department of popular and traditional music). He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and performer of rebetiko/traditional music since 2003. He teaches vocal technique, violin and guitar. He has also been a teacher of cretan lyra in the music highschool in Chania-Crete during the year 2020-2021. He has collaborated on several albums of important artists in Greek discography.

Event Details

Doors open: 19:45

Music starts: 20:15

Music finishes: 22:00

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