DIALOGUES: The History of Rebetiko - March 2019

In the March installment of the DIALOGUES series, we embark on a retrospective journey on the history of rebetiko. Musicians, academics, and craftsmen of musical instruments discuss the roots and influence of rebetiko in the world music scene, its sociological value, its stigmatization and relatively recent destigmatization, as well as the cultural trends that have transported it across the globe. The event will take place on March 27.  

This time DIALOGUES travel to Syros, birthplace of Markos Vamvakaris, a leading figure in the rebetiko movement. 

Speakers to the event include*:

Dimitris Mistakidis, Musician – Teacher, School of Arts, Department of Traditional Music, University of Ioannina
Giorgos Kokkonis, Assistant Professor, Department of Music Studies, University of Ioannina 
Karolos Tsakirian, Luthier
Tanya Veanous Tsakirian, Luthier

The discussion between the speakers and the public will be coordinated by journalist and iMEdD Managing Director Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

Meet the Tsakirian family, Greek-American luthiers for four generations with roots going back to the great Armenian artisans.

After the discussion, live music by Dimitris Mistakidis and friends, plus students and teachers from the Syriot music school “En Chordais & Organois” (The Great School of Markos), will follow, immersing us in the history of rebetiko.

*Mr. Stavros Xarchakos who, was originally announced as a speaker, has cancelled his participation.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants must pre-register online.

For guests who wish to participate in the event and will be travelling from Athens, the SNF will be offering the following travel arrangements:

Departure Piraeus-Syros
Date: March 27th, 2019
Time: 10:00AM
Port of Piraeus

Return Syros - Piraeus
Date: March 27th, 2019
Time: 22:30PM
Port of Syros

Pre-registration is necessary, especially if you are planning on travelling with us to Syros from Athens. 

Due to the limited space available in the venue where the event will take place, the event is now fully booked. A waiting list, may be activated on the day of the event, in case available slots become aavaialbale due to potential no shows or cancellations.You may register for the waiting list here.

Registering for the waiting list, in case it is activated, concerns entry to the venue but does not confirm seating in the room where the discussion will take place.

 Furthermore, the event will be live streamed via www.SNF.org/live and will be available on demand in both video and podcast format on the SNF’s website.