Melijazz: The Eggplant, Music & a Festival

For over a decade, the folks in the Peloponnesian village of Leonidion pay tribute to their prized possession: the eggplant (or Tsakoniki Melitzana) with one of the most interesting festivals in Greece.  Unique to the region, the light purple slender seedless eggplant is appreciated by chefs far and wide for its tender flesh and subtle Discover…

The Rebetiko: Greece’s ‘Blues’ Recognised by UNESCO

Greece’s rebetiko, a music genre once associated with the outcasts and laymen of Greek society only to become a major part of upper class entertainment and later an important part of Greek music culture was included last week on UNESCO’s 2017 list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as an expression of cultural and Discover…

Greek ‘Blues’ take London by Storm @ the Rebetiko Carnival

“We are a group of musicians passionate about Greek music, its history and the emotions that it can evoke.” That’s how a group of Londoners describe themselves and their ambitious project: the Rebetiko Carnival, which kicked off last week in and around London (Bristol, Brighton, Shrewsbury) and runs through July 2. Besides a wide variety Discover…

The Greek Κlarino… of Sorrow & Solace

On November 7-8, four of the country’s finest clarinet soloists will team up to present the secrets of the “laiko klarino” or the role of clarinet in traditional Greek music. Petros-Loukas Halkias, Nikos Philippides, Giorgos Kotsinis and Alexandros Arkadopoulos will take the stage of the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis) to pay tribute to their Discover…