15 MARCH 2019 / A Family Tradition of Musical Craftsmanship



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

Karolos Tsakirian played the bouzouki in New York joints in the ‘80s. In the ‘60s, he got to know the rebetiko legends of the time at his father’s little workshop in Athens. Manolis Chiotis once tipped him a month’s salary. The bouzouki of the great Stelios Kazantzidis is displayed with pride in the shop to this day.

Tanya Veanous Tsakirian, Karolos’ daughter, studied abroad, only to return and take up the family business, lured by the magic their craft makes possible.

Hear their stories at the History of Rebetiko DIALOGUES on March 27th at Syros, the first ever trip outside of Athens for DIALOGUES.