Violin Masterclass @ ArtEZ University, Arnhem (NL)

12 March 2020

Masterclass "Violin in Eastern Mediterranean Traditions"
Venue: Artez University of the Arts, Rhijnvis Feithlaan, 8025 BK Zwolle, Netherlands

Cyprus Elegies @ FOLKHOUSE MATRIX, Rotterdam (NL)

05 March 2020

"Cyprus Elegies" - Michalis and Petros Kouloumis Quartet

For the first time, the world sensation Cyprus-born brothers, Michalis and Petros Kouloumis will tour in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Michalis, a highly-acclaimed violinist and Petros with his exceptional voice will showcase music from their homeland, Cyprus, as well as material from Michalis' debut album Soil mingled with rich and soulful improvisations (Taksims, Amanes).

Dine Doneff aka Costas Theodorou, a highly-regarded multi-instrument artist, with albums released on ECM label and many collaborations, Savina Yannatou among others, as well as the distinguished oud player Alexandros Papadimitrakis will complete the quartet. The quartet will also present original compositions from the long-awaited album Displaced Dreams which is due for release in March 2020.

Dine Doneff - double bass, percussion
Alexandros Papademitrakis - oud, lavta
Petros Kouloumis - lute, piano, voice
Michalis Kouloumis - violin, viola

Venue: Folkhouse Matrix Rotterdam, Mauritsstraat 16, 3012 CJ Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cyprus Elegies @ SPLENDOR, Amsterdam (NL)

04 March 2020

"Cyprus Elegies" - Michalis and Petros Kouloumis Quartet

For the first time, the world sensation Cyprus-born brothers, Michalis and Petros Kouloumis will tour in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Michalis, a highly-acclaimed violinist and Petros with his exceptional voice will showcase music from their homeland, Cyprus, as well as material from Michalis' debut album Soil mingled with rich and soulful improvisations (Taksims, Amanes).

Dine Doneff aka Costas Theodorou, a highly-regarded multi-instrument artist, with albums released on ECM label and many collaborations, Savina Yannatou among others, as well as the distinguished oud player Alexandros Papadimitrakis will complete the quartet. The quartet will also present original compositions from the long-awaited album Displaced Dreams which is due for release in March 2020.

Dine Doneff - double bass, percussion
Alexandros Papademitrakis - oud, lavta
Petros Kouloumis - lute, piano, voice
Michalis Kouloumis - violin, viola

Venue: Splendor Amsterdam, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Violin Workshop @ DE CENTRALE, Ghent (BE)

29 February - 01 March 2020

Michalis Kouloumis will be leading a 2-day violin workshop @ FIDDLERS ON THE MOVE Festival.

For advanced violinists

The workshop will be focusing on Greek and Cypriot traditional music. Characteristics and techniques of the violin playing will be studied through hand-picked songs and instrumental pieces from the above repertoire: bow techniques, phrasing development, rhythm – groove, rhythmic beats (5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 9/4, 10/8, 11/8), ornaments (embellishments, motifs), basic maqams, score interpretation & playing with variations, intervals, microtones, various tunings, playing with Ison (drone), modal Improvisation (rhythmical and taksim).

Venue: De Centrale Ghent, Kraankindersstraat 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Cyprus Elegies @ ART BASE, Brussels (BE)

29 February 2020

"Cyprus Elegies" - Michalis and Petros Kouloumis Quartet

For the first time, the world sensation Cyprus-born brothers, Michalis and Petros Kouloumis will tour in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Michalis, a highly-acclaimed violinist and Petros with his exceptional voice will showcase music from their homeland, Cyprus, as well as material from Michalis' debut album Soil mingled with rich and soulful improvisations (Taksims, Amanes).

Dine Doneff aka Costas Theodorou, a highly-regarded multi-instrument artist, with albums released on ECM label and many collaborations, Savina Yannatou among others, as well as the distinguished oud player Alexandros Papadimitrakis will complete the quartet. The quartet will also present original compositions from the long-awaited album Displaced Dreams which is due for release in March 2020.

Dine Doneff - double bass, percussion
Alexandros Papademitrakis - oud, lavta
Petros Kouloumis - lute, piano, voice
Michalis Kouloumis - violin, viola

Venue: De Centrale Brussels, 29 Rue des Sables

Cyprus Elegies @ DE CENTRALE, Ghent (NL)

28 February 2020

"Cyprus Elegies" - Michalis and Petros Kouloumis Quartet

For the first time, the world sensation Cyprus-born brothers, Michalis and Petros Kouloumis will tour in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Michalis, a highly-acclaimed violinist and Petros with his exceptional voice will showcase music from their homeland, Cyprus, as well as material from Michalis' debut album Soil mingled with rich and soulful improvisations (Taksims, Amanes).

Dine Doneff aka Costas Theodorou, a highly-regarded multi-instrument artist, with albums released on ECM label and many collaborations, Savina Yannatou among others, as well as the distinguished oud player Alexandros Papadimitrakis will complete the quartet. The quartet will also present original compositions from the long-awaited album Displaced Dreams which is due for release in March 2020.
Dine Doneff - double bass, percussion
Alexandros Papademitrakis - oud, lavta
Petros Kouloumis - lute, piano, voice
Michalis Kouloumis - violin, viola

Ephemera @ KEDELHUSET, Silkeborg (DK)

22 February 2020

LINGUA FRANCA ENSEMBLE present their recent album "Ephemera" as well as new, original compositions.
It’s only how they embellish their music and the tone colours that corresponds perfectly to the band name . The language of commerce and diplomacy in Eastern Mediterranean, a mixture of Portuguese, Arabian , French, Italian, Turkish and Greek accompanies the sentimental musical wandering of the four musicians. A journey during which the rich eastern Mediterreanean traditions and the western elements blend and compose a colourful soundscape. Let us wander along in a musical dialogue and expand our horizons in terms of music and emotions.

Ephemera @ FERMATEN, Herning (DK)

20 February 2020

LINGUA FRANCA ENSEMBLE present their recent album "Ephemera" as well as new, original compositions.
It’s only how they embellish their music and the tone colours that corresponds perfectly to the band name . The language of commerce and diplomacy in Eastern Mediterranean, a mixture of Portuguese, Arabian , French, Italian, Turkish and Greek accompanies the sentimental musical wandering of the four musicians. A journey during which the rich eastern Mediterreanean traditions and the western elements blend and compose a colourful soundscape. Let us wander along in a musical dialogue and expand our horizons in terms of music and emotions.

1st International Oud Festival @ DEKA4, Athens (GR)

18 February 2020

Michalis Kouloumis (violin, viola) will be performing at the 1st International Oud Festival in DEKA 4, Athens, together with Alexandros Papadimitrakis (oud) and Evgenios Voulgaris (oud)

Michalis Kouloumis @ SHOLEION PSALTIKIS, Athens (GR)

11 December 2020

Michalis Kouloumis (violin, viola) and Tassos Poulios (kanun) will be performing for the "Musical Gatherings" concert series, at Sholeion Psaltikis in Athens.

Rebetiko @ THEATER AN DER RUHR, Mülheim (DE)

25 October 2019

Mortissa & A Thousand Cranes; The Blues of the Aegean
Smyrneiko/Rebetiko concert with Cigdem Aslan

Smyrneiko/Rembetiko is the first refugee to arrive in Greece from Asia Minor(Turkey) when the population exchange in the early 1920s took place. Born out of hardship yet full of resilience and with a devil-may-care attitude, these are the ‘Blues of the Mediterranean’. Çiğdem Aslan brings this to life in song accompanied by Nikos Baimpas (kanun, santouri), Michalis Kouloumis (violin), Ant Romero (Percussion) and Colin Somervell.

Rebetiko @ THEATER IM PUMPENHAUS, Münster (DE)

24 October 2019

Mortissa & A Thousand Cranes; The Blues of the Aegean
Smyrneiko/Rebetiko concert with Cigdem Aslan

Smyrneiko/Rembetiko is the first refugee to arrive in Greece from Asia Minor(Turkey) when the population exchange in the early 1920s took place. Born out of hardship yet full of resilience and with a devil-may-care attitude, these are the ‘Blues of the Mediterranean’. Çiğdem Aslan brings this to life in song accompanied by Nikos Baimpas (kanun, santouri), Michalis Kouloumis (violin), Ant Romero (Percussion) and Colin Somervell.

Τα Εκατόλ-λογια @ ΑΡΧΑΙΟ ΩΔΕΙΟ ΠΑΦΟΥ, Κύπρος (CY)

13 September 2019

Τα Εκατόλ-λογια – μια μεσαιωνική κυπριακή ιστορία αγάπης
Θεατρική παράσταση

Η Δημιουργική Ομάδα Πυρήνας σε συνεργασία με τον διεθνούς φήμης συνθέτη και πολυοργανίστα Efren Lopez Sanz παρουσιάζει για πρώτη φορά επί σκηνής το κυπριακό μεσαιωνικό κείμενο Τα Εκατόλ-λογια. Πρόκειται για ένα κείμενο γραμμένο στην κυπριακή διάλεκτο σε δεκαπεντασύλλαβο στίχο. Η παράσταση εξιστορεί τον έρωτα ενός νεαρού (Παιίν) για μια όμορφη γυναίκα (Λυερή), η οποία για να ενδώσει τελικά στον έρωτα του, τον παρακινεί σε μια σειρά από ιδιαίτερες δοκιμασίες με τελικό κατόρθωμα να μάθει και να της τραγουδήσει τα Εκατό Λόγια της Αγάπης. Στην παράσταση θα ακουστούν ζωντανά πρωτότυπες συνθέσεις, μεσαιωνικές και αναγεννησιακές μελωδίες αλλά και μουσική από τον Κώδικα του Τορίνο, του σπουδαίου αυτού χειρόγραφου που γράφτηκε στον τόπο μας την εποχή των Λουζινιάν.

Παίζουν:
Μαρίνα Αργυρίδου
Γιάνης Μίνως
Έλενα Χατζηαυξέντη

Επί σκηνής οι μουσικοί:
Μιχάλης Κουλουμής: βιολί, βιόλα
Βασίλης Φιλίππου: κρουστά, φλογέρες, νέυ
και ο Efren Lopez Sanz: βιόλα ντα ρόδα, μεσαιωνική άρπα, μεσαιωνικό μαντολίνο, ούτι

Σκηνοθεσία: Χρύσω Χαραλάμπους

Τα Εκατόλ-λογια @ ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΙ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΑΣ ΣΙΝΤΗ, Πάφος (CY)

06 September 2019

Τα Εκατόλ-λογια – μια μεσαιωνική κυπριακή ιστορία αγάπης
Θεατρική παράσταση

Η Δημιουργική Ομάδα Πυρήνας σε συνεργασία με τον διεθνούς φήμης συνθέτη και πολυοργανίστα Efren Lopez Sanz παρουσιάζει για πρώτη φορά επί σκηνής το κυπριακό μεσαιωνικό κείμενο Τα Εκατόλ-λογια. Πρόκειται για ένα κείμενο γραμμένο στην κυπριακή διάλεκτο σε δεκαπεντασύλλαβο στίχο. Η παράσταση εξιστορεί τον έρωτα ενός νεαρού (Παιίν) για μια όμορφη γυναίκα (Λυερή), η οποία για να ενδώσει τελικά στον έρωτα του, τον παρακινεί σε μια σειρά από ιδιαίτερες δοκιμασίες με τελικό κατόρθωμα να μάθει και να της τραγουδήσει τα Εκατό Λόγια της Αγάπης. Στην παράσταση θα ακουστούν ζωντανά πρωτότυπες συνθέσεις, μεσαιωνικές και αναγεννησιακές μελωδίες αλλά και μουσική από τον Κώδικα του Τορίνο, του σπουδαίου αυτού χειρόγραφου που γράφτηκε στον τόπο μας την εποχή των Λουζινιάν.

Παίζουν:
Μαρίνα Αργυρίδου
Γιάνης Μίνως
Έλενα Χατζηαυξέντη

Επί σκηνής οι μουσικοί:
Μιχάλης Κουλουμής: βιολί, βιόλα
Βασίλης Φιλίππου: κρουστά, φλογέρες, νέυ
και ο Efren Lopez Sanz: βιόλα ντα ρόδα, μεσαιωνική άρπα, μεσαιωνικό μαντολίνο, ούτι

Σκηνοθεσία: Χρύσω Χαραλάμπους

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18 - 22 July 2018 @ VIBES OF LIFE FESTIVAL (CY)

Michalis Kouloumis leads a music workshop at Vibes of Life Youth Festival

16 July 2018 @ ABBAYE DE FONTFROIDE (FR)

Concert with Jordi Savall

29 June 2018 @ ROTTERDAM JAZZ FESTIVAL (NL)

Lingua Franca Ensemble concert

24 - 28 October 2018 @ WOMEX CANARY ISLANDS

Lingua Franca Ensemble Showcase

12 October 2018 @ PALAU DE LA MUSICA, Valencia (SP)

Rebetiko concert with Cigdem Aslan

20 - 25 May 2018 @ REAL WORLD STUDIOS (UK)

Recording for Kudsi Erguner's album "The awakening of a Tanbur"

13 April 2018 @ THEATRO DENTRO, Nicosia (CY)

"Musical Routes" - Concert with Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Yiannis Koutis, Michalis Kouloumis

10 - 15 April 2018 @ Labyrinth Cyprus

Michalis Kouloumis leads a violin workshop for Labyrinth Cyprus

01 April 2018 @ YPSILON, Thessaloniki (GR)

"On Sound Relations" - Thymios Atzakas and Michalis Kouloumis

01 April 2017 @ AVGO, Thessaloniki (GR)

Michalis Kouloumis and Thymios Atzakas

19 March 2017 @ COLET HOUSE, London (UK)

Women Composers in Ottoman Classical Music

10 March 2017 @ GRUENER SALON, Berlin (DE)

Lingua Franca Ensemble

04 March 2017 @ ART BASE, Brussels, (BE)

Meltem Trio blends the sounds of Asia Minor, Eastern Mediterranean and their original compositions. The trio consists of: Michalis Kouloumis (violin) Alexandros Papadimitrakis (oud, lavta) Ruven Ruppik (riq, frame drums, darbuka)

03 March 217 @ DE CENTRALE, Ghent (BE)

Meltem Trio

02 March 2017 @ SPLENDOR, Amsterdam (NL)

Meltem Trio

26 February 2017 @ COLET HOUSE, London (UK)

Ottoman Classical Music concert. Michalis Kouloumis violin, Baha Yetin oud

11 February 2017 @ ST JAMES' CHURCH, Islington, London (UK)

A concert dedicated to the legendary singer Müzeyyen Senar. Eylem Korkmaz: Voice Baha Yetkin: Oud Martin Stokes: Kanun Michalis Kouloumis: Violin

07 February 2017 @ RED MUSIC STAGE, Nicosia (CY)

Michalis and Petros Kouloumis Live

01 February 2017 @ ALHAMBRA MUSIC HALL, Paris (FR)

"A Thousand Cranes" - Cigdem Aslan album launch concert

23 November 2016 @ KINGS PLACE, London (UK)

"A Thousand Cranes" - Cigdem Aslan album launch concert

18 November 2016 @ HANDELSBEURS CONCERTZAAL, Ghent (BE)

"A Thousand Cranes" - Cigdem Aslan album launch concert

25 September 2016 @ RIETVELT THEATER, Delft (NL)

Lingua Franca Ensemble circumnavigates on a musical wandering. A journey during which the rich Eastern Mediterranean traditions and Western music elements blend and compose a colourful soundscape using music as their common language.

28 August 2016 @ SOMMERTON FESTIVAL, Schloss Diesfordt (DE)

Michalis Kouloumis Trio

09 - 10 June 2016 @ LE SENGHOR, Brussels (BE)

Efren Lopez and Michalis Kouloumis Modal Music Workshop

9 June 2016 FESTIVAL NOUS SOMMES GRECQUES @ Le Senghor, Brussels (BE)

Michalis Kouloumis and Efren Lopez in a notable collaboration present some of their finest compositions such as "Return", "Lahtara", "Aralik" and "Hortus Deliciarum". Their music combines elements from Medieval music, Ottoman classical, Cypriot/Greek/Turkish traditional and other modal music cultures. With a variety of musical instruments (violin, oud, rabab, fretless guitar, hardy gardy and lute), they introduce us in a unique musical world, full of sounds and colours.

01 June 2016 @ SANDS FILMS STUDIOS, London (UK)

Michalis Kouloumis Trio

22 May 2016 @ BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL, St Michael's Church, Brighton (UK)

Displaced Dreams solo violin concert

14 May 2016 @ TEDxUniversityOfPireus, Athens (GR)

Lingua Franca Ensemble

24 - 25 Apr 2016 @ KALA KATHOUMENA, Nicosia (CY)​

Michalis Kouloumis - "Displaced Dreams". This solo violin project is dedicated to all the people who struggle for freedom and dignity after being displaced from their homelands and their dreams.

23 April 2016 @ PALLAS THEATER, Nicosia (CY)

Michalis Kouloumis performs J. Tavener's "Depart in Peace" with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Director: Alkis Baltas

22 April 2016 @ CATHOLIC CHURCH, Larnaca (CY)

Michalis Kouloumis performs J. Tavener's "Depart in Peace" with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Director: Alkis Baltas

21 April 2016 @ OLD VINEGAR FACTORY, Limassol (CY)

Michalis Kouloumis - "Displaced Dreams". This solo violin project is dedicated to all the people who struggle for freedom and dignity after being displaced from their homelands and their dreams.

22 February 2016 @ ST ETHELBURGAS, London (UK)

The Radial Band is a group of traditional musicians from diverse backgrounds for whom music has no borders. Inspired by the nyckelharpa (an extraordinary bowed, keyed fiddle of Swedish origin) the group plays a spectrum of ancient and original music that roams across Europe from Scandinavia to Cyprus. Drawing on influences from their own traditions, Radial presents dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an ‘earthy, ethereal ambience’. ​ Griselda Sanderson - Nyckelharpa Louis Bingham -

14 February 2016 @ LONDON FIDDLE CONVENTION, Cecil Sharp House, London (UK)

Michalis Kouloumis performs and leads a workshop on Greek Traditional Music.

13 February 2016, CASA DE CULTURA, Palma, Majorca (SP)

13 Feb 2016, CASA DE CULTURA, Palma, Majorca (SP) ​ Michalis Kouloumis and Efren Lopez in a notable collaboration present some of their finest compositions such as "Return", "Lahtara", "Aralik" and "Hortus Deliciarum". Their music combines elements from Medieval music, Ottoman classical, Cypriot/Greek/Turkish traditional and other modal music cultures. With a variety of musical instruments (violin, oud, rabab, fretless guitar, hardy gardy and lute), they introduce us in a unique musical world

12 - 13 February 2016 @ CASA DE CULTURA, Palma, Majorca (SP)

Michalis Kouloumis leads a violin workshop on Eastern Mediterranean Music

13 December 2015 @ HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM, Oxford (UK)

"We hear music in their feet..." Fundraising concert with Efren Lopez, Stavroula Constanti, Rachel Beckles Willson, Nilufar Habibian, Kalia Baklitzanaki, Merit Ariane Stephanos

14 December 2015 @ BIMHUIS, Amsterdam (NL)

Lingua Franca Ensemble

10 December 2015 @ BIMOT THEATER, Jerusalem (ISR)

Greek Popular music with: Sofia Papazoglou, Petros Kouloumis and Aviran

10 December 2015 @ SUZANNE DELLAL CONCERT HALL, Tel Aviv (ISR) ​

Greek Popular music with: Sofia Papazoglou, Petros Kouloumis and Aviran

17 November 2015 @ GROUNDS PODIUM, Codarts University, Rotterdam (NL)

Lingua Franca Ensemble

11 November 2016 @ GREEN NOTE, London (UK)

Michalis Kouloumis Trio

6 November 2016 @ FESTIVAL MUSICA URBANA, Valencia (SP)

Michalis Kouloumis and Efren Lopez in a notable collaboration present some of their finest compositions such as "Return", "Lahtara", "Aralik" and "Hortus Deliciarum". Their music combines elements from Medieval music, Ottoman classical, Cypriot/Greek/Turkish traditional and other modal music cultures. With a variety of musical instruments (violin, oud, rabab, fretless guitar, hardy gardy and lute), they introduce us in a unique musical world, full of sounds and colours.

28 October 2015 @ JAMBOREE, London (UK)

"Michalis Kouloumis Trio" play traditional music from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Balkans, blended with their own material, soulful improvisations and enough dose of experimentation. Michalis Kouloumis - violin, vocals Nikos Ziarkas - lute, guitar, vocals Thodoris Ziarkas - doublebass

24 October 2015 @ BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL, London (UK)

"Michalis Kouloumis Trio" play traditional music from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Balkans, blended with their own material, soulful improvisations and enough dose of experimentation. Michalis Kouloumis - violin, vocals Nikos Ziarkas - lute, guitar, vocals Thodoris Ziarkas - doublebass

8 October 2015 @ TALOS FESTIVAL 2015, Puglia (IT)

Michalis Kouloumis participates as solo artist. Programme includes experimentation and violin improvisations.

30 September 2015 @ JAMBOREE, London (UK)

"Michalis Kouloumis Trio" play traditional music from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Balkans, blended with their own material, soulful improvisations and enough dose of experimentation. Michalis Kouloumis - violin, vocals Nikos Ziarkas - lute, guitar, vocals Thodoris Ziarkas - doublebass

18 September 2015 @ MAXIM GORKI THEATER, Berlin (GER) ​

The Salt of the Mediterranean Sea; Rebetiko concert with Cigdem Aslan. Curated by Lobna Allami

13 September 2015 @ ALMEIDA THEATER, London (UK)

"Mortissa" - Rebetiko Concert with Cigdem Aslan

25-30 August 2015 @ SHARQ TARONALARI, Samarkand (UZB)

Lingua Franca Ensemble live on 10th International World Music Festival

1 August 2015 @ CAFE ADA Wubbertal (GER)

Rebetiko Concert with Cigdem Aslan

31 July 2015 @ BARDENTREFFEN WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, Nurnberg (DE)

Concert with Cigdem Aslan

23 July 2015 London (UK)

Concert with "Modal Point"

14 July 2015 @ SUZANNE DELLAL CENTRE, Tel Aviv (IL)

Concert with Petros Kouloumis and Band

9 July 2015 @ SOMMARSCEN, Malmo (SE)

Rebetiko Concert with Cigdem Aslan

13 May 2015 @ PALACE OF ARTS, Budapest (HUN)

Concert with Cigdem Aslan and Bea Palya

18 April 2015 @ MUFFATWERK, Munich (DE)

Concert with Cigdem Aslan

3 April 2015 @ ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER, Athens (GR)

Concert with LATINITAS NOSTRA

27-28 February 2015 Hanover (GER)

Concert with Cigdem Aslan

25 February 2015 Waiblingen (GER)

Concert with Cigdem Aslan

13 February 2015 Ursulinenkapel, Tilburg (NL)

Debut album "SOIL" concert

30 - 31 January 2015 Thessaloniki (GR)

Violin, Makam and Modal improvisation Workshop @ Music Village (Avgo)

29 January 2015 Patra (GR)