The Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble returned from “hibernation” on Friday, May 22 to offer an intimate online performance for viewers from around the world.
Performing some of its favorite rebetiko songs from yesteryear, the ensemble showcased music from its upcoming CD “To Monopati” which is available for digital purchase and download.
The concert also featured songs from the pre-and post-war rebetika era, including works by Vassilis Tsitsanis, Sotiria Bellou and Giorgos Mitsakis, among other artists.
Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble members include Stavrina Dimitriou ( vocals), Achilles Yiangoulli (vocals/guitar), Dean Georgalas (bouzouki) and Con Kalamaras (baglama/vocals).
“Prior to lockdown, we were playing quite a bit around Melbourne, connecting with people who come to watch us play,” Kalamaras told The Pappas Post. “Music has been the constant thread that has kept us all sane during this unprecedented time. We want to remind our friends and the community that music matters.”
The concert streamed live via the Facebook page Rebetika in Melbourne.
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