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DISPLACED DREAMS

SOLO VIOLIN. IMPROVISATIONAL. 

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

 

Purely improvisational, the project brings together material from the Classical music of Constantinople, the laments of Epirus, Baroque Music polyphony and Michalis Kouloumis’ most recent compositions. An emotional journey through the colourful soundscapes of modal music.

 

REVIEWS:

“...the most outstanding concert I've heard here...”

Adam Le Clercq

(Brighton Fringe Festival, St Michael and All Angels Church, 22.05.16)

NEXT CONCERTS:

04 Jun 2017 @ COLET HOUSE, London (UK)

LINGUA FRANCA ENSEMBLE

ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS. 

Lingua Franca 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. ​

The ensemble creates and performs music with respect to the character of the modal music cultures. Being free from the need to create expressive exaggerations, Lingua Franca leads the audience on an emotional journey, offering euphoria.

The debut album will be released in summer 2015 and will include our own compositions.

Michalis Cholevas -  Tarhu, Ney

Ruven Ruppik -  Percussions

Giannis Koutis - Oud, Voice

Michalis Kouloumis - Violin

LATEST CONCERT:

TEDxAthens 2016

NEXT CONCERTS:

10 Mar 2017 @ GRUNER SALON, Berlin (DE)

24 Mar 2017 @ KORZO Theater, Hague (NL) 

07 May 2017 @ ROTTERDAM CIRCUSSTAD (NL)

15 May 2017 @ KOMEDIA, Brighton Fringe Festival (UK)

CONTACT:

www.linguafrancaensemble.com

info@linguafrancaensemble.com

info@michaliskouloumis.com

MICHALIS KOULOUMIS TRIO

ROOTS. EXPERIMENTATION.

"Michalis Kouloumis Trio" is a new project, which includes traditional music from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Balkans, blended with their own material, soulful improvisations and enough dose of experimentation. Their recent performance at the Sommerton Festival received outstanding reviews from the audience and critics. 

 

Michalis Kouloumis - violin, vocals

Nikos Ziarkas - lute, guitar, vocals

Thodoris Ziarkas - doublebass

 

LATEST CONCERT:

Sommerton Festival 2016

CONTACT:

info@michaliskouloumis.com

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.

NEXT CONCERTS:

26 May 2018 @ Sede de la Asociación Galician Fiddle, Vigo (SP)

30 May 2018 @ A Cova Cética, A Coruña (SP)

31 May 2018 @ A Casa das Crechas, Santiago de Compostela (SP)

NEXT WORKSHOPS:

27 May 2018 @ Casa das Insuas, Rábade, Lugo (SP)

Modal Music workshop with Efren Lopez and Michalis Kouloumis

CONTACT:

info@michaliskouloumis.com

CIGDEM ASLAN

REBETIKO.

Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles. Coming from Kurdish Alevi background, in which music is one of the pivotal elements of the culture, she grew up with the rich sounds of her culture and then gradually met with the other sounds of Istanbul and beyond. While studying English literature at Istanbul University, she regularly performed Rebetiko, Sephardic and other ethnic music of Turkey.

 

Cigdem has been performing and touring her debut album Mortissa which has been released from Asphalt Tango Records in October 2013. The album focuses on Rebetiko and Smyrnaic songs from Asia Minor and Greece mainly from 1930s.

The album received great reviews from all around the world and entered the World Music Charts Europe. It was chosen as one of the best albums of 2013 by Roots and Songlines Magazine which nominated and shortlisted Cigdem in the 'Best Artist' category for Songlines Music Awards 2014. In 2014 Mortissa won the prestigious “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik/ German Record Critics Award"

 

"On stage Aslan is a fresh, natural and relaxed performer with a beautiful voice. Her facility to slip from Greek to Turkish and several other languages is a real asset."

Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine

Cigdem Aslan is about to release her second album titled "A thousand cranes". 

 

Çiğdem Aslan - Voice

Nikos Baimpas - kanun, artistic direction

Michalis Kouloumis - violin

Colin Somervell - double bass

Antonio Romero - percussions

 

NEXT CONCERTS:

30 Apr 2017 @ WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL, Halle (DE)

29 Apr 2017 @ Waiblingen (DE)

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

STAY TUNED! 


 

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