Music

Life

Kaliopi Stavropoulos: ‘Music saved my life’

Kaliopi Stavropoulos has kept her first guitar, the one she started playing when she was just a child, the scratch marks on one side paying testament to the difficulty she …

Life

Bringing communities together though Grandma’s songs

The healing power of music and its potential to foster cross-cultural contact was celebrated at an event held last Tuesday at Melbourne’s Museo Italiano. ‘Lullabies and laments: a song circle’ …

Life

Ancient Greek art forms backdrop for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new music video

Hip hop power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, aka The Carters, have used ancient Greek art as symbols to make a statement in their latest video clip. The song titled Apeshit …

Life

‘The santouri is my surfboard, I travel the world on it’

It’s been 15 years since Marios Papadeas was last in Melbourne, playing with Apodimi Kompania. In the meantime, the santouri virtuoso has continued to broaden his CV, playing alongside some …

Life

For Jason, the sky is the limit

For those of you who attended this year’s Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, chances are you remember Jason Mavroudis performing on stage. After all, a 13-year-old boy having the courage to …

Life

Showcasing all aspects of Greek music in Melbourne

Most people have very strong ideas about Greek music, regardless of whether they are Greek themselves or not. The term itself, ‘Greek music’ brings to mind the sounds of bouzouki, …

Life

Cyprus and Australia dubbed favourites among Eurovision finalists

Australia joins Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand final this weekend, after making it through the second round of semi-finals on Thursday night. Despite nerves, Jessica Mauboy wowed audiences …

Life

A snapshot of Asia Minor’s multiculturalism in Melbourne

When musician Con Kalamaras reconnected with Greek music, he made a promise to himself; to avoid apathy, and continue to challenge himself. And his latest project is proving he is …

Life

LEFKAΔΑ: a landscape transformed into soundscape

‘Lefkada’ means ‘whiteness’. The Ionian island took this name after its southern cape, which in ancient times was called ‘White Rock’. It is an appropriate name for the steep, rocky …

Life

Open lecture: the roots of rebetika

Rebetika is experiencing a resurgence. To help us understand the roots of the genre, Dr Demeter Tsounis will present an open lecture at the Greek Centre as part of the …