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Speaking easy

By Maria Gregoriou

Ahh the 1920s, the sleek look, the well-groomed hair, the long cigarettes, and the music, the music coming out of saxophones, clarinets, pianos, and trumpets to create some classical sounds.

Music, the one acoustic instrument that can transport us back then, will conjure up the perfect 20s atmosphere on Saturday with a little help from the Speakeasies’ Swing Band in Nicosia.

The band, which was formed in Thessaloniki in 2009, takes it name from the 1920s movement that came about so people could get their hands on some alcohol, after it had been prohibited by law. The need to drink lead to the opening of a number of new establishments where the illegal substance could be obtained.

Now we have got that out of the way, the seven member band, will be coming at us on Saturday with some jazz melodies, together with bursts of energy, some swinging beats and rhythms you can easily move your feet to.

The band’s members, who are Caterina Sisinni on vocals, Panos Karnoutsos on electric guitar, Giannis Ntalianis on acoustic guitar, Panos Voulgarakis on double bass, Manolis Stamatiadis on piano, Christos Papadopoulos on clarinet and Stergios Koias on the drums, have played in a number of major concerts and festivals. Apart from appearing in all major cities in Greece, they have played in Britain and in the 15th International Jazz Festival in Bulgaria.

They have also shared the stage with the American band Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and the Lithuanian band Rhythm Junkies, among others.

So perhaps dress in something black and white for the men and something with feathers on for the ladies and look the part for the 1920s music scene.

The Speakeasies Swing Band
Live performance from the jazz band. December 13. University of Cyprus. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-8943333

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