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With Yiannis Angelakas
2 June 2010, 21:00 / Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Τhe Athens Festival is to honour the pioneering lyra player Psarantonis with a concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Antonis Xylouris, known to all as Psarantonis, is a virtuoso born into a family with a rich musical tradition (his brother was the unforgettable Nikos Xylouris). He began playing the three-stringed Cretan lyra at the age of nine, while herding sheep high on Mount Ida.

His intensely personal style of playing the “noble” lyra and other traditional instruments, such as the tzouras and mandolin, has garnered both Greek and international recognition. One of his many fans is Nick Cave, who invited him to perform at the “All Tomorrow’s Parties” international rock festival he staged in Australia in 2009. The German journalist Ruth Roedler has said: “From its very beginning, the world has been shaped by sound and rhythm. This resonant sound finds expression in the music of Psarantonis. I have never heard such a sound.”

In the words of Makis Milatos, Psarantonis is “a prehistoric beast hidden away in a Cretan cave. […] Overpowering performances, punctuated by deep breaths, with the music itself making an understated appearance, his recordings are like a call to holy communion with a sacred meal of bread, olives and wine. […] Psarantonis is not of this world, his blues music rips at the heart…”.

Yiannis Angelakas will also be adding his own “wild and proud” touch to the concert.
Tickets 15 – 30 euro

Ticket’s presale starts on 12 May.

By Athensguide

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