The Israeli premier of the Greek Estudiantina Neas Ionias, named after the legendary orchestra that was active in Izmir in Asia Minor at the beginning of the 20th century. The orchestra preserves the unique musical tradition of this region, which included Byzantine psalms, Balkan horas, Ottoman music, Greek rebetiko and European walzes. The orchestra is led by santur player Andreas Katzigiannis, who worked with the composer Eleni Karaïndrou and is a close associate of vocalist Giorgos Dalaras. The orchestra has accompanied such outstanding vocalists as Maria Farantouri, Eleni Vitali and Giannis Kotsiras. This time the Estudiantina will host one of the most famous Greek singers, vocalist Alkistis Protopsalti, known for her work with great composers such as Stavros Xarhakos, Goran Bregovic and Stefanos Korkolis,, as well as for her amazing stage presence.
The program presents familiar melodies in original arrangements, moving between the rich sounds and rhythms of ancient Greek musical tradition, the musical motifs of Mediterranean and Balkan lands, contemporary works by Greek composers and ones by members of the orchestra.
Alkistis Protopsalti, vocals; Estudiantina Neas Ionias: Andreas Katzigiannis, musical director, santur, sound effects; Kiriakos Gouventas, violin; Stavros Kouskouridas, clarinet; Nikos Samaras, trumpet, sound effects; Iorgos Tsiatzulis, accordion; Apostolos Valaroutsos, guitar, sound effects; Filipos Retsios, piano, sound effects; Kostas Gedikis, lauta; Kostas Konstantinou, bass; Michalis Meretakis, sound; Andreas Papas, percussion; Areti Tzanetopoulou, lighting, Michalis Alexakis, sound; Konstantina Karapria, stage manager;Artistic management Bracha Cohen, Greek productions in Israel
The Estudiantina Orchestra. photo: George Kalogeropoulos
Andreas Katzigiannis. photo: George Kalogeropoulos
Alkistis Protopsalti. photo: Errikos Andreou and Achileas Charitos