to our Rebetiko Carnival.
music is beloved by people all over the world. This is the first
year, of what we hope will become an annual celebration of rebetiko
celebration of music, comes the celebration of an ever-evolving
rebetiko community in London. Over the last 20 years the community’s
passion for the music and for it to be heard has been growing and
humblest regular spots in little restaurants and night clubs, to
performances of this form of music, which has such humble roots, at
the Royal Albert Hall and other such grand venues. Events and venues
come and go, but what remains is the musicians and the family they
have created. What we are really celebrating now in one big explosive
festival is the coming together of people from many nationalities and
backgrounds through rebetiko music.
of things that come and go, without a venue, there is no festival.
The Green Note in Camden Town has proved to be one of the few places
that remained faithful and supportive of its musicians. It has become
their home and it is thanks to Green Note that this festival will
become a reality. There are other venues, such as the Royal Academy
of Music, where concerts will also be held, but the intimate Green
Note, whose brick walls and wooden floors have absorbed music and
whisperings from all over the world, will be where the beating heart
of the festival lies.
celebrate rebetiko and the current state of this art form, is not
just to perform music of the period between the 1920s and the 1940s.
We are treating Rebetiko as a crossroads, with concerts and seminars
exploring where rebetiko came from, its roots in Byzantine music and
Asia Minor, how it has developed and how it has influenced more
contemporary composers. We are also supporting and giving platforms
to new song writers and performing concerts of music by Theodorakis,
Hadjidakis and Xarhakos, who played a huge role in re-establishing
rebetiko's value in Greece and abroad. There will even be exhibitions
of instruments made by the Luthier Christos Spourdalakis. He is
coming over from Greece with his instruments and festival goers will
have the opportunity to try and buy a whole range of traditonal
course, not everyone will have the means and good fortune to come out
and enjoy such a rich and varied month of music. Thus, as important
as it is to give concerts, it is equally important to reach out to
those who cannot attend. Outreach work for people with special needs,
the elderly, and patients in hospitals is a huge part of the festival
that we are working very hard to achieve. We will also be working
closely with schools to promote awareness of the music and its
culture to children and help them create their own bands, while also
giving them the opportunity to perform in the festival.
half the world is celebrating a football carnival in Brazil,
throughout June, the rest of us will be in the throes of a musical
Carnival in the heart of London. Join us for what will be an
unforgettable month of concerts, workshops and seminars. With you
whistling the melodies down the streets, singing from the rooftops
and dancing through the alleyways, our Rebetiko Carnival will be here