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Dr. rembetikoNikos Ordoulidis, on popular Musicology in Greece:
The Case of Rembétiko and Laikó Musical Styles

Nikos Ordoulidis studied at the University of Leeds, UK (PhD in Popular Musicology and MMus in Performance) and at the University of Macedonia, Greece (BA in Music Science and Art). His research interests include the Greek urban popular musical styles; discographical research; music, immigration and enculturation; the musical inter-loans amongst cultures of the Mediterranean; and performance techniques of the ‘eastern piano’. He is an active composer (four discographical works) and pianist, the artistic director of the Cultural Music Society ‘VasílisTsitsánis’, and a member of the ‘Modern Greek Studies Association’. He has recently started working on a new project entitled ‘The Eastern Piano Project’ which contains experimentations on several performance techniques around the instrument, given by a series of video-recordings of popular taxims [free-style improvisations].

Tuesday, February 5
The Athens Centre
Archimidous 48, Pangrati (Mets)
Wine and conversation follows the event. The lecture is open to the public.
For more information, please call 210-7015242 or 210-7012268.

By Athensguide

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