Sept 30, 2017
(updates by Dore Stein)
In a few hours I am off to produce the first Tangents Greece Music Tour which sold out in less than a week last November.
If you'd like to be in the loop for the October 2018
Greece music tour, em tangentsgreecetour(at) gmail.com or 415 584-4367.
The 2018 tour is tentatively schedued to begin Oct 5 and last 17
nights. I'm happy to give 1:1 orientations on the phone, or in person
if you live in the Bay Area.
The concerts are mostly in intimate settings throughout Greece. The 2017 music tour includes 6 concerts
in Athens, 2 in Thessaloniki, 2 on Crete and 1 in Zagorohoria (Epirus
region in Pindos Mountains). All concerts are with world class artists - the type heard on Tangents.
Concert participants are Cretan lyra master and Tangents favorte Ross Daly, singer Kristi Stassinopoulou, oudist Haig Yazdjian, The Daulute Trio, Alekos Vretos Quintet (oud, qanun, piano, bass and drums/percussion), violinist Kyriakos Gouventas Trio (with oud
and singer who also plays/sandouri),
duo concert featuring Evgenios Voulgaris (yaylı tanbur) and Sokratis Sinopoulos (Constantinople lyra), rebetiko guitarist Dimitris Mystakidis
, Balarom Trio (Roma Balkan inspiried trio), singer Martha Mavroidi and her acoustic quartet and a concert with top local
musicians in the Epirus style in Zagorohoria in
the Pindus Mountains
near the Albanian border.
One of the world's experts on rebetiko
music, UC Berkeley Professor Martin Schwartz, looked at the concert
itinerary and wrote: "I'm so glad to see that you'll have both Evgenios
Voulgais and Dimitris Mystakidis in your tour. In my opinion, you
can't do better than these guys!!! Mystakidis is a marvel."
The tour travel hubs are
Athens, Crete (base is Chania), Thessaloniki, Pelion (mountain above
Volos), Ioannina, and Pindos Mountains. We also visit the other worldly UNESCO
World Heritage Site Meteora.
We opt for charming and culturally authentic instead of Western styled deluxe hotels.
home to many of the top musicians in Greece and our hotel is across
from the Acropolis Museum. We stay in the old town section of Chania near
the harbor, a picturesque charming setting on the island Crete.
Thessaloniki is probably the hippest city in Greece. Pelion is a gentle
mountain with ubiquitous natural flowing fountains.
Ioannina is in northwest Greece near the Pindos Mountains where the 46 villages that
comprise Zagorohoria boast magnificent views and wild beauty. This region is home to the Epirus
style of music where we will produce a concert in a mountain village.
Greece has extraordinary problems but is safe, beautiful, and has a rich
and diverse music scene. Greeks are also among the most hospitable people on
There are significant challenges. Ross Daly
(who is performing one of the tour concerts) told me
"Greece is a failed state for musicians." Yet after meeting
musicians and others from one end of
Greece to the other I am confident
these challenges can be overcome. An ambitious tour like this can
not happen without the support of musicians (including Ross) and other
members of the music industry who supported me every step of the way
from my first day in Greece during my visit last October.
To get a feel for Tangents music tours you can access testimonials and philosophy links.
I'll leave it to Mark Twain to get in the last word:
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
exploring culture through music, travel and adventure
Dore taking time out on Crete to mete new feline friends.
(Photo by Donna Ludlow)
site design: soulless
copyright Tangents 2017
Tangents Greece Music Tour
October 7-24, 2017