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“...maybe the best performance this festival has ever seen...”

 

Wilfried Schaus-Sahm

(Director of Sommerton Festival, Germany, 30.08.16)

 

19 March 2017 @ COLET HOUSE, London (UK

MICHALIS KOULOUMIS and BAHA YETKIN

26 February 2017 @ COLET HOUSE, London (UK)

The highly acclaimed violinist Michalis Kouloumis and the distinguished oud player Baha Yetkin will perform some of the finest examples of the genre.

"Based on the modal system of the maqâm, Ottoman Classical music was enriched by the contributions of Turkish, Arab, Persian, Greek, Jewish and Armenian composers who all flourished in the territories of the empire. Considering Ottoman classical music as a regional or national tradition would be misleading, since it represents a taste and an art shared beyond cultures of provenance in much the same way as European classical music. The aesthetics of Ottoman music is the result of influences that range from Byzantium to the Middle East, Central Asia and India" (Kudsi Erguner)

EFREN LOPEZ and MICHALIS KOULOUMIS

Modal Music workshop

9 - 10 June 2016 @ LE SENGHOR, Brussels (BE)

The distinguished musicians Michalis Kouloumis (violin, composition) and Efren Lopez (oud, baglama, fretless guitar, rabab, composition) invite us to the colourful world of maqam and Eastern Mediterranean music with a collective music workshop. The artists will be focusing on the playing style in Eastern Mediterranean music as developed in Classical music of Constantinople (Ottoman Classical music), Greek - Turkish Traditional music and the Contemporary Modal music compositions as well. 

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.

6 Nov 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.

24 January 2015 Athens (GR)

Duet Concert with Efren Lopez @ Onassis Cultural Center (Music Village concert series)

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.

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