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Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet

Eight Winds

24 OCT 2016
20:30
Main Stage
Sokratis Sinopoulos’ Constantinopolitan lyre and quartet scatter to the eight winds, spiriting us along with them on journeys to different musical crossroads.
Full price: 10 – 15 – 18 – 28 €  
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 8 – 11 – 14 – 22 €
Large groups (10+ people):
6 – 9 – 12 – 20 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
The Constantinopolitan lyre has a unique sound which, while singularly Greek and laden with cultural history and ‘Greekness’, still remains open to every contemporary approach or musical challenge. We’ve heard Sokratis Sinopoulos playing live and on recordings with Ross Daly, Eleni Karaindrou, Domna Samiou, Ara Dinkjian and Charles Lloyd, leaving his own expressive stamp on musical idioms ranging all the way from the traditional to the contemporary international repertoire. The first CD dedicated to his music was recently released by ECM; entitled Eight Winds, the album was produced by the emblematic founder and director of that well-known German company, Manfred Eicher.

The musical winds, meaning the countless sounds, styles, genres and trends to which today’s music makers and lovers are exposed, can fuse into countless combinations spanning yesterday, today and tomorrow. The pieces on the album are partly improvised and partly notated, “black and white musical sketches which we colour differently each time”, in Sinopoulos’ own description of this unique creative process. He goes on: “In a way, the album’s title captures both our musical technique and our aesthetic approach”.

Although the music of Eight Winds clearly references the Greek musical tradition, it travels from there to the four corners of the earth, borne upon Sinopoulos’ Constantinopolitan lyre, Yannis Kyrimkyridis’ piano, Dimitris Tsekouras’ double bass and Dimitris Emmanouil’s percussion. Four musicians and four years of playing together. They started out reworking the Greek tradition, then moved on to focus on original themes by Sinopoulos, an experienced composer open to wide-ranging collaborations encompassing jazz and contemporary music.

Sokratis Sinopoulos was born in Athens in 1974. His musical career began with studies of traditional and Byzantine music as well as folk song. Although he studied a number of instruments, it was the Constantinopolitan lyre that won his heart at the age of 14. He has played with a number of ensembles in Greece and abroad and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Musical Science and Art at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He is the recipient of a Hellenic Ministry of Culture Young Musician Award.

credits

Socratis Sinopoulos: lyra
Yiannis Kirimkiridis: piano
Dimitris Tsekouras: bass
Dimitris Emmanouil: drums

Sound design: Yorgos Kariotis
Light design: Maria Venetaki
Video: Thomas Filios
 

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PARALLEL EVENT
Saturday 24 October
After concert talk with Sokratis Sinopoulos
Chaired by Christos Carras, General Director and Artistic Director of Music at the OCC

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