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At the 5th of August 2018, at Monastiraki Village near Nafpaktos, the Nafpaktos Mixed Choir presented in the Village square some of Mikis Theodorakis songs.The Choir was splendid and the crowd really enjoyed the event.

Short biography of the Nafpaktos Mixed Choir

The Nafpaktos Mixed Chorus was founded in 1987 and is a member of the Greek Choral Choir Association and the Greek Choir House. Today it has more than 60 active members and has a permanent cultural presence in our city as well as internationally.

It has participated in Choral Meetings and Festivals in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic etc.). He has twice visited America, (New York, Philadelphia and Chicago) where he gave great concerts scattering emotion and enthusiasm.

In April 2009 he gave concerts in Constantinople, in honor of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Bartholomew and the Hellenism of the City, where he traveled and was applauded. The repertoire of the Choir includes works such as Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Ecclesiastical, works of the 20th century, and works by modern Greek composers (Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Manou Loizou etc).

The most important completed plays performed by the Nafpaktos Mixed Chorus are: Vivaldi’s Gloria, “Messias” by Handl ‘Carmina Burana’ by Carl Orff.

It has also performed complete works by Mikis Theodorakis, such as the oratorio ‘Spiritual Mercy’ in Poetry Angel. Sikelianos, the cantata ‘Epiphany Averoff’ in poetry by G. Seferis, the oratorio ‘Axion Esti’ in poetry by Elytis, and ‘Zorbas’ Suite ballet music by M. Theodorakis. He has also performed songs by Mikis Theodorakis, “Little Cyclades”, “Depositors” and “Mauthausen”. With the accompaniment of Byzantine dance, he has performed in the ecclesiastical area the Orthodox Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom (Strumski).

It has taken part in the 16th Panhellenic Competition, Young Choir and Youth Orchestra. under the auspices of UNESCO and the MINISTRY OF EDUCATION where he was evaluated against the Jury and received the First Prize of Excellence.

Since 2001 and every second year, he co-organizes with our City Council the International Choir of Nafpaktos “MIKIS THEODORAKIS”.

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A choir institution that has been established on a Pan-Hellenic and has a competitive character. In December 2010 she took part in the “Concert of Love” at the Athens Concert Hall for people with disabilities “People with disabilities”, presenting a rich program.

The artistic direction of the Nafpaktos Mixed Chorus has been undertaken since May 1997 by the conductor of the Orchestra and Chorus conductor Todor Kabakchiev

 

 

My post today is not about photography but music.
The people who know me know that a sentimental person that is highly attached too its roots.
Today I heard a song at the radio that made me recall a discussion that I had with my late grandfather when I was 12 years old. At that time (and even know) among other things I loved rock music. My grandfather although an open minded person could not understand this sound. He was dedicated to traditional Greek music (folk NOT Buzuki). The sound of klarino and the lirics of the traditional music filled with heroic deeds,pain and loss was  THE MUSIC for him. I could understand why (although not In its full extent) and I was telling him that Traditional Greek Folk songs are the equivalent to metal in my ears and my heart.
The point of this post is that this almost forgoten statement of mine,came in official fullfillement in my ears  in the sounds of a Greek group called Villagers of Ioannina City (VIC or V.I.C.). Which is a folk rock band from Ioannina, Greece, formed in 2007. They play a unique kind of post, stoner and psychedelic rock with a healthy dose of greek folk music from the region Epirus. The regional musical tradition is characterized by polyphony, specific rhythms and tunes and the use of clarinet. The band fuses folklore music with modern psychedelic forms, creating a unique sound where the dominant solo instrument is the clarinet.
The song that made me write this post is titled  What Bad / Tι Κακό.
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        Τι Κακο                                                                           What Bad
Τι κακό έκανα ο καημένος                                                What Bad have I done the poor guy
και με λένε όλοι φονιά                                                       And everybody call me a murdered

Μήνα σκότωσα κανένα                                                      Did I kill Anyone?
μήνα φίλησα καμιά                                                             Did I kiss some one?

Στην απάνω γειτονιά μου                                                   In my neighbourhood uptown
αγαπώ καί ΄γω μία νιά                                                        I love me too,a young

Τ΄όνομα της δεν το ξέρω                                                    Her name I dont know
Τούρκα είναι γιά Ρωμιά                                                       Is she Turk or Greek?

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The lyrics of this TRADITIONAL FOLK SONG adapted by V.I.C from Greek to english is a free adaptation from me for those who dont know Greek.
For me their sound is capivating, if you like them visit their page.