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Petroloukas Halkias/Thrakomelo

Start Date: September 11, 2016
End Date: September 11, 2016
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Location: SNFCC Visitors Center, Esplanada, Athens, www.snf.org

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Petroloukas Halkias/Thrakomelo
Sunday / September 11 / 2016, 20.00

The SNFCC presents the series of music concerts Parklife. A multitude of styles and artists meet at the Park, as it turns itself into a music locus inviting the public to feel the music and dream along, the Park lends itself for two special weekends to musical melodies hosting artists and music ensembles, aspiring to provide a unique experience of inspiration, nature and creativity.

The Stavros Niarchos Park welcomes Greece’s musical tradition, travels across all corners of the country and sets up an island festival in the heart of the city.

Petros (Petro-Loukas) Chalkias is one of the living legends of Greek traditional music. He enchants audiences with his clarinet, and his music takes us on a journey back home, drowning along the way our sorrows. He is a musician and member of a family that is renowned for its contribution to Greek traditional music. He began playing the clarinet at age 11, despite his father’s resistance (he didn’t want him to become a clarinetist), who was also a musician. He became an apprentice next to Filippas Rountas, making his first public appearance at that age. In 1960, he migrated to the USA, where he remained for several years, promoting and spreading the traditional music of Greece. In 1979, he returned to Greece and settled in Athens. He has performed concerts all over Greece and abroad, and has participated in recordings with a variety of artists, such as Haris Alexiou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Filippos Pliatsikas, Eleonora Zouganeli, Ross Daly, and many others.

The Greek traditional music group ‘Thrakomelo’ consists of Stelios Matakakis (bagpipes), Thanos Karakatsianis (accordion), Alexandros Papoutsis (Thracian lyre) and Elias Miskas (ntaouli). The group was created out of their shared love for the traditional music of Thrace, with the goal of bringing its tunes, songs and melodies to the wider public. The name of the band is a combination of the words Thrace and ‘melos’ (melody), essentially meaning ‘the music of the Thracians’. They have collaborated with many local associations in Greece and Cyprus and has appeared dozens of times in international events and festivals abroad. The band also participates in traditional feasts and festivals, since its members believe that, as a platform, the traditional Greek ‘glenti’ provides the most direct connectionexpression among the people who participate in them.

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