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Star light, star bright, what a musical night

The Andrey & Julia Dashin Foundation will be celebrating its two-year anniversary on Saturday with a magical evening under the stars.

This inspiring foundation, launched in Cyprus in 2014 by Andrey and Julia Dashin, has already helped families and children in need, as well as local communities. This has been their mission since the very beginning, and today, more driven than ever, they extend a helping hand to contribute to the cultural offerings of the island and respond to the needs of people across Cyprus.

The foundation has organised a free event at the Skali Aglantzia in Nicosia where the Brass Ensemble of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra will warm up the stage at 8.30pm with their youthful enthusiasm and their mastery of the trumpet, the tuba, the trombone and the French horn.

The evening will continue with the swinging gypsy sounds of the Greek group Gadjo Dilo. The six-member group came together in 2009 with the sole purpose of re-animating the Manouche gypsy jazz musical tradition.

Gadjo Dilo ‘s source of inspiration is the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who has been characterised by nearly all the great jazz musicians as a genius.

Their love for the guitarist is very much explored in the band’s debut album, Manouche de Grec – which also features one of their other loves, rembetiko folk songs.

With a number of performances in Cyprus up their sleeve, the group has a large fan base here.

Gypsy sounds will be followed by folk-rock artist Maraveyas Illegal who will perform his hits, inspired by world music.

Illegal began his music career in Italy where he studied Statistics and Maths at the University of Bari. While studying he also took piano and harmony lessons at the Conservatory Niccolo Piccini of Bari. These lessons led him to play with groups such as Yamas and X Darawish, which combine a variety of musical styles.

These encounters led him to start bringing together Mediterranean and Balkan elements into jazz pieces.

In 2001 he returned to Greece to become a solo artist and in 2003 he released his debut album Radiopiratis. This album was followed by three more, making the musician a name to follow within the Greek music scene.

Speaking about the Starlight Music Night event, Julia Dashina said, “we are excited that the Andrey & Julia Dashin Foundation completes two productive years full of successful initiatives and actions to support Cypriot society. And because celebrating is all about sharing, we would like to share our enthusiasm and our passion to give back, with all of you, through this high-quality event that can be considered a contribution to the island’s cultural events this summer”.

All proceeds collected from fundraising activities during the evening will be given to the Association of Miracle Babies, which aims to raise awareness about premature babies and to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Makarios Hospital.

Admission to the concert area is free to all and seating will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.

Starlight Music Night
Performance by Mareveyas Ilegal and Gadjo Dilo together with the Brass Ensemble of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. June 11. Skali Aglantzias, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 25-246220

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