Category Archives: Music

Kafetzopoulos

The inimitable luthier, Panayiotis Kafetzopoulos, now has a Facebook page, where he is posting photos and videos of his unique and beautiful instruments. I encourage you to take a look–these are really exceptional instruments. Here’s a preview, featuring a basobouzouki … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Rebetika | Leave a comment

Markos Vamvakaris Plays the Roads, 1969

Here’s a short YouTube recording of Markos Vamvakaris playing several of the roads that are commonly used in Greek music (esp. the rebetika). If you can’t read Greek, he’s playing the following: sabax, niavent, hitzaz, houzam, kourdi, peiraiotiko, rast, hitzazkiar, … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Rebetika | Leave a comment

Rebetien and Solon Lekkas

Here’s a playlist of some really exceptional musicians who played together back in April at Peran in Athens. Fotis Vergopoulos leads with his inimitable bouzouki, Avgerini Gatsi provides her angelic voice, Kostis Kostakis lends his subtle yet essential pre-war kithara, … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Rebetika | 1 Comment

Στην Πλάκα που Επήγαινα

Fotis Vergopoulos (bouzouki, vocals), Demetris Maris (bouzouki), and Kostis Kostakis (kithara). Αυτά γίνονται στο ΕΦΗΜΕΡΟ, στα Εξάρχεια, 27 Δεκέμβρη του 2012. Στην Πλάκα που επήγαινα να πιω γλυκό κρασάκι με έμπλεξε στα δίχτυα του ενά μικρό κουκλάκι I went to … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Rebetika | Leave a comment

Kalogria

Papazoglou, 1935, Kalogria (“Nun”). Βαρέθηκα τον κόσμο πιά, καλογριά θα γίνω, και απάνω σε ψηλό βουνό, μονάχη μου θα μείνω. I’m tired of this world, I’ll become a nun, and go up to a tall mountain, where I’ll live alone. … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Rebetika | Leave a comment

Βραχνάς, Αθανασίου – Αίγινα, 1977

Aigina, 1977. Nikos Vraxnas and Thanasis Athanasiou–two old school rebetes, prepping for an album that never came to be. Enjoy and, please, appreciate the extraordinary uniqueness of this recording:    

Posted in Music, Rebetika | Leave a comment

Yiovan Tsaous Tabouras

Here, Stavros Kourousis, author of From Tabouras to Bouzouki, plays one of Tsaous’ actual instruments–the larger tabouras (he also played a smaller tzouras). As Kourousis notes, Tsaous recorded Diamanto Alaniara, Blamissa, Se mia Mikroula, and Yelasmenos with this instrument. It sounds … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Rebetika | Leave a comment