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A Greek Songbook

A GREEK SONGBOOK

Curator: Kornilios Selamsis

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Description

The new ambitious production A Greek Songbook of the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera, a Greek collection of songs for the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution of 1821 curated and conducted by composer Kornilios Selamsis, comes on GNO TV. The concert will be available for free at nationalopera.gr/GNOTV/en from 17 June until 31 December 2022. Over 30 creators from the fields of art music and popular music and the performing arts create bold compositions, songs and images.

A Greek Songbook’s creative team consists of: Yannis Angelakas, Nicoleta Chatzopoulou, Foivos Delivorias, Martha Frintzila / Vassilis Mantzoukis, Nalyssa Green, K.Bhta, Dimitris Kamarotos / Amalia Moutoussi, Pavlos Katsivelis / MC Yinka, Apostolos Kitsos, Petros Klampanis, Lolek, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Michalis Paraskakis / Vasilis Magouliotis, Pavlos Pavlidis, Giorgos Poulios / Euripides Laskaridis, Blaine L. Reininger, Filippos Sakagian, Michalis Siganidis / Theano Metaxa, Fotis Siotas / Thodoris Gonis, Nicolas Tzortzis / Anthony Rivera, James Wiley / Yannis Dionysiou, Savina Yannatou, Fanis Zachopoulos, Sofia Zafeiriou / Georgia Karydi. With the participation of the CHÓRES female vocal ensemble and a nineteen-member instrumental ensemble.

GNO TV is a new strand of Greek National Opera's programming, made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [ http://www.SNF.org ] to enhance the Greek National Opera's artistic outreach.

Necessarily then do artistic operations imitate nature and art-works imitate things that exist in nature.
— St Thomas Aquinas

Assembled in three concert programmes, the building blocks of the Songbook (themselves divided into three categories: songs, instrumental compositions and video art works) leverage a wide spectrum of creators from the fields of «art» and «popular» music, whose only common feature is the incompatibility (under normal circumstances) of their aesthetic and technical approaches. Without otherwise attempting to disguise its innate contradictions, the resultant material is being streamlined at the level of its sonic materialisation by the use of three instrumental quartets («folk», «classical» and «pop»), each with its own unique connotations, resulting in a confrontational configuration that endeavours to formally render the slew of heterogeneous streams commingled in the cultural and political crucible of 1821.

The project is founded on the common use by all participants of a body of curated historical material (texts, tunes or narrations) directly or indirectly related to persons and events of the Greek War of Independence - a fragmentary landscape of singing ruins, around which the descendants may build their contemporary superstructure.

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Creative team – Cast

Curator, conductor:
Kornilios Selamsis

Sound designer & engineer:
Brian Coon
 
Lighting designer:
Eliza Alexandropoulou
 
Production coordinator:
Fivos Petropoulos


Creative team: Yannis Angelakas, Nicoleta Chatzopoulou, Foivos Delivorias, Martha Frintzila / Vassilis Mantzoukis, Nalyssa Green, K.Bhta, Dimitris Kamarotos / Amalia Moutoussi, Pavlos Katsivelis / MC Yinka, Apostolos Kitsos, Petros Klampanis, Lolek, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Michalis Paraskakis / Vasilis Magouliotis, Pavlos Pavlidis, Giorgos Poulios / Euripides Laskaridis, Blaine L. Reininger, Filippos Sakagian, Michalis Siganidis / Theano Metaxa, Fotis Siotas / Thodoris Gonis, Nicolas Tzortzis / Anthony Rivera, James Wiley / Yannis Dionysiou, Savina Yannatou, Fanis Zachopoulos, Sofia Zafeiriou / Georgia Karydi

Harris Lambrakis (ney)
Spyros Tzekos (clarinet)
Dimitris Gogas (trumpet)
George Krimperis (trombone)
Nikos MetallinosVangelis Karipis (percussion)
George Boukaouris (drum set)
Gogo Xagara (harp)
Katerina Konstantourou (piano)
Apostolos Kitsos (synthesizer)
Mislav Rezić
 (guitar)
Taxiarchis Georgoulis (oud, yayli tampur)
Tasos Poulios (qanun)
Ilias Sfoukos (viola)
Sofia Efklidou
 (cello)
Nikos Tsoukalas, Petros Klampanis (double bass)
Filippos Sakagian, Sofia Zafeiriou (live electronics)
 

CHÓRES female vocal ensemble
Alcmini Basakarou, Marissa Bili, Maria Delaporta, Marina Emmanouilidou, Anthi Efstathiou, Maria Kazala, Katerina Koutsonikola, Marina Skoura
Vocal ensemble artistic director Marina Satti
Vocal ensemble coach and conductor Simela Emmanouilidou
Vocal ensemble production managers Nadia SamaraLina Troumpouni 


Video director, post-production Konstantinos Arvanitakis

Director's note

Composer Kornilios Selamsis notes about A Greek Songbook: A Greek Songbook is not a book. It is an assemblage of musical compositions, songs and images commissioned from music and performing arts workers as part of the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage’s programming for 2021. The definition of this non-book as Greek is associated with the root of the word itself -Greece-, since exactly two hundred years ago this word was established as our national, geographical and spiritual conscience, if I may say so. It was precisely for this era, when Greece was established as a notion, that composers and other arts workers were called upon to reflect and create works at times based on association of ideas and distant, and at times referential and tightly attached to historical, poetic, musical or narrative sources. A Greek Songbook is therefore a gathering of people crafting art works. They all come from very different places. From different practices and ideologies. It is a gathering that doesn’t intend to create a blend of each different person’s own styles; on the contrary, it attempts to let the aesthetic frictions be visible and not mitigate sensory contrasts. The only practical limitations of the commissions had to do with each work’s duration and the variety of means (instruments, objects, etc) that could be used during the live concert performance.”

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