NEW YORK – The Sounds of Cyprus group returns for another great evening of traditional Cypriot folk music on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street in Astoria, with talented vocalist Elena Chris on lead vocals and music Under the direction of Peter Douskalis who also plays laouto, oud and guitar. Alex Tasopoulos on viola, Erikos Vlesmas on bass, Stavros Papadopoulos on pithkiavli and ney, complement the talented musicians of Sounds of Cyprus who perform favorite Cypriot classics from the traditional repertoire, including songs by Hadjimichael, Tokas, Ioannidis and Violaris for to name a few. .
Chris and Douskalis spoke with The National Herald about the upcoming show.
Asked about the most difficult and rewarding aspects of performing traditional songs, Chris told TNH, “I feel that through these songs, many emotions, images and memories are born both for me and for listeners. We all become one and sing together. Through the songs, the music and my interpretation of them, I have to put the public at ease, sing and express their feelings. For me, this is the most demanding aspect of interpreting traditional songs.
“The most gratifying aspect is the feedback from people who have felt those feelings,” Chris continued. “People who have sung with us have enjoyed the rich music of Cyprus since childhood and brought back beautiful images and fond memories of that time. Our aim and purpose is to keep the musical tradition of Cyprus alive so that not only our elders can listen, but the young people can also learn it.
Commenting on the program for the performance on April 28, Chris said: “It’s a very nice program of traditional Cypriot music with musical instruments that you don’t often see, like the laouto, the oud and the ney, who will fill the space of the Cultural Center. Center with amazing sounds and melodies. We’ve chosen songs that people know and songs that we’re sure they’ll really like!
Douskalis added that “audiences can expect a diverse program of traditional Cypriot music, ranging in styles and periods that highlights the island’s multicultural influences. We are particularly delighted to welcome Stavros Papadopoulos, who plays the pithkiavli and the ney, instruments from Cyprus of Turkish and Greek origin.
When asked how they decide which traditional songs to include in a concert program, Douskalis told TNH, “Elena and I usually talk about ideas for songs to include that would make a program musically diverse but also representative of the rich musical tradition of Cyprus. I often look for songs that are specifically known to be sung in both Greek and Turkish, because Cyprus has this beautiful multicultural influence of culture.
Of what they’re working on next, Douskalis noted that “the band is constantly evolving and growing. Elena and I have projects underway that we can’t wait to share with you soon!
Tickets for the Sounds of Cyprus concert on April 28 are available online: https://bit.ly/3LTNaPo.
Video of Drom: https://fb.watch/v/MU6e-ayy/
LIC pop-up broadcast: https://fb.watch/v/30FCGDzFh/
Video of RIK1: https://youtu.be/nVzn56V_-3U
Coverage on AlphaTV Cyprus: https://fb.watch/v/4g5pziSqY/
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