Musicians from Greece and Australia will pay homage to the so called “Greek blues”, or Rebetiko, in a festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday.
Pliri Ntaxei and Chrysoula K & Purpura from Greece, plus Australia-based performers Zourouna, the Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble, Pascal Latra and the Philhellenes, thee Melbourne Bouzouki Orchestra with Dean Georgalas and the Manasis School of Greek and Dance Culture promise to offer a melodious symposium.
Rebetiko was born in the hash dens of Piraeus 100 years ago by Greek refugees from Asia Minor.
It has over the decades become an internationally respected musical style. Rebetiko is the music of passion, pain and love. It is a tapestry woven of Byzantine, Turkish, Roma, Jewish and other musical legacies.
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