By Maria Gregoriou
It looks like next week will give us plenty to sing and dance about as the music scene is set to be loud with rhythms and alive with sounds.
The week kicks off with a performance by the band Trio Levente at the ARTos Foundation in Nicosia as part of the 7th X-Dream Festival.
The trio – Petros Kouloumis (on vocals and the lute), Pavlos Michaelides (on vocals and the violin) and Pantelis Ionas (on the banjo, guitar, oud and vocals) – will be paying tribute to the Asia Minor Composers Panayiotis Tountas, Demetrios Semsis and Giannis Dragatsis. These three composers are considered to have put the wheels in motion for the evolution of urban folk music.
The band that was formed in November 2014 by Kouloumis, brings together three musicians who were (and still are) very much devoted to smyrneiko and Greek pre-war rebetiko.
Their joined love and admiration for the great legacy of the Smyrna school of rebetiko has brought the musicians together and together they are continuing on a journey to further explore the musical period and bring some old sounds to new audiences. Hence the trio will give fresh ears a chance to hear a variety of music, get in touch with the simplicity of musical instruments and get to know some of the classics.
The boys have already given three successful performances dedicated to the genre.
The week shows no sign of stopping this Tuesday with a performance by the band MoodIndigo who will bring the old part of Nicosia alive with some great jazz vibes.
On the vocals Irene Athanasiou leads the men of the band into the vintage sounds of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
The classics that the band perform with such energy and ease – like songs by Billie Holiday, Annie Ross, and Lee Wiley – will surely put us all in a romantic mood which will (hopefully) get us through the rest of the week.
But just so you get the whole picture of the swinging time you can be having with the band, Athanasiou will be accompanied by Greg Makamian on double bass, Charis Ioannou and Chris Byars on saxophone, Dimitris Miaris on piano, and Marios Spyrou on the drums.
Now moving away from the capital and on to Limassol, the Rialto theatre will be presenting the magic voice of soprano Aliki Chrysochou on Thursday.
Chrysochou, who you might recognise from her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2013 (before dogs seemed to be what British audiences voted for) will be accompanied on stage by conductor Yiannis Hadjiloizou.
The concert, which was recently performed in the UK, is a combination of modern and classical repertoire from the musical, opera, jazz, cabaret and tango genres.
Get ready to hear music by Sarah McLachlan, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Edith Piaf, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Manos Hatzidakis and others.
Live performance by the trio. June 8. ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation, 64 Ayion Omoloyiton Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-445455
Performance by the vintage jazz band. June 9. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 9pm. Free. Tel: 22-677134
Awakenings: Aliki Chrysochou – Yiannis Hadjiloizou
Live performance by the singer and conductor. June 11. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €13/10. Tel: 77-777745