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Festival 2007

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ENGRAVING EXHIBITION

The Megaro Gyzi Festival 2007 opens with an exhibition with title "Santorini through engravings and drawings by Greek artists" from the private collections of Yannis Papaconstantinou and Manolis Lignos. Rare and significant engravings (woodcuts, etchings, lithographs) and drawings by greek artists from 1866 to 2007 will be exhibited.

Duration of exhibition: 1-14/8/2007

At the opening night of the exhibition, the new edition by Cultural Centre Megaro Gyzi will be also presented. It is a new publication entitled "Santorini - Engravings and Drawings by Greek Artists".

This bilingual edition, in greek and english, includes 212 engravings and drawings by 50 Greek artists from 1866 to 2007 with Santorini as theme. Nikos Grigorakis, Art Historian, Writer and Director of the Engraving Museum in Athens, is the Writer, while the collector Yannis Papaconstantinou, Artistic Director of the Cultural Centre Megaro Gyzi, is the Editor of the publication.

Nikos Grigorakis, Art Historian and Writer, will be the speaker of the opening evening.

Photos from the opening evening of the exhibition (1/8/2007)

QUINTETO TANGARTO

HE MAGIC OF ASTOR PIAZZOLLA AND THE ARGENTINIAN TANGOS

LEFTERIS GRIVAS, bandoneon
YORGOS PANAYOTOPOULOS, violin
THOMAS KONTOGEORGIS, piano
YORGOS BEHLIVANOGLOU, guitar
YORGOS ARNIS, contrabass

Following the triumphal performances in 2006 at the Athens Music Hall and the "Patras - 2006 Cultural Capital of Europe", the quintet TANGartO is to appear next August at Megaro Gyzi in Fira, Santorini.

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Photos from the concert (5/8/2007)

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VICTORIA TAGOULI

A JOURNEY TO GREEK MUSIC

VICTORIA TAGOULI, vocals
CHRISTOS THEODOROU, piano

Two members of the "Speira - Speira" group in diachronic greek songs of Vassilis Tsitsanis, Markos Vamvakaris, Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarhakos, Yorgos Zambetas, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Goran Bregovic, Ara Dinkjan, Nikos Antipas, Stamatis Kraounakis and other well-known composers.

Photos from the concert (9/8/2007)

KLAUDIA DELMER

KLAUDIA DELMER, vocals
HELENA CHOUNTA, piano
VANGELIS FAMPAS, guitar

Klaudia Delmer performs, with pianist Helena Chounta, the unreleased song cycle "20 songs of the Greek People" by composer Yannis Konstantinidis (1903-1984) and other songs from her personal discography.

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Photos from the concert (13/8/2007)

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ROUBINA SARELAKOU - PAINTING EXHIBITION

"CRETE OF LOVE"

The new work of the well-known artist Roubina Sarelakou will be presented. An exhibition full of Cretan beauty and strength! Recently, at a journey to meet Crete and its people, the painter Roubina Sarelakou was attached to special local expressions of song, music, speech, poetry, dance. The people of Crete and their art was the reason to start the new series of her works with Crete as theme. Portraits of large dimensions, looks and feelings compose this new work of the artist.

Duration of exhibition: 17 - 31 August 2007

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Exhibition's invitation

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Photos from the opening of the painting exhibition (17/8/2007)

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VASSILIS STAVRAKAKIS

Concert of Traditional Cretan Music with Vassilis Stavrakakis Group

VASSILIS STAVRAKAKIS, vocals - mandolin
STELIOS PETRAKIS, lyra
MIHALIS STAVRAKAKIS, vocals - laouto - mandolin
ANTONIS STAVRAKAKIS, vocals - mandolin
YORGIS STAVRAKAKIS, laouto
YANNIS ROBOYANNAKIS, askomadoura - sfirohabiolo - percussions

During the painting exhibition of Roubina Sarelakou with title "Crete of Love", from 17th to 31st August 2007, a concert of traditional cretan music will take place with Vassilis Stavrakakis and his group, people who were source of inspiration for works of this painting exhibition. Vassilis Stavrakakis and his group play beautiful traditional Cretan music, with a combination of old and new songs. There are a variety of tunes - some wonderful melancholy numbers, slow and nostalgic, but also a collection of uplifting and vigorous tunes. We can especially enjoy the Mantinadhes (Cretan limericks) about the sorrow of love, but also about how love brings joy and meaning to life at any age. Vassilis Stavrakakis, with his robust, mature voice and the endless liveliness of his performance, provide such musical joy to the audience and is considered as one of the best artists of traditional cretan music. His work is characterized by its quality and respect to tradition, because he refuses to introduce elements which would debase the attributes of Cretan music.

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Photos from the concert (21/8/2007)

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KORINA VOUGIOUKA

Classical music recital

KORINA VOUGIOUKA, guitar
THODORIS TZOVANAKIS, piano

It was the year 1997 that the two artists, still students at the Music Academy of Cologne, decided to found this guitar and piano duo. Among all these years they have played in numerous concerts where both audience and critics reacted enthusiastically to the charming interpretations of this rare ensemble. Their repertory includes works of the classical and romantic period, transcriptions as well as contemporary compositions that have been written especially for them.

Photos from the recital (26/8/2007)

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DIMITRIS VASSILAKIS Jazz Quartet

DIMITRIS VASSILAKIS, saxophone - vocals
YORGOS KONTRAFOURIS, piano
KONSTANTINOS ZOUGANELIS, bass
ALEX KTISTAKIS, drums

On August 31st the saxophonist Dimitris Vassilakis and his Quartet will give a unique jazz concert at Megaro Gyzi, closing with the best way the cultural events of Megaro Gyzi Festival 2007 in Santorini.

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Photos from the jazz concert (31/8/2007)

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