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The craft of breathing out music perfectly

The village of Katydata in the Nicosia district will be filled with the sound of wind instruments during the third two-day Windcraft Music Festival on August 12 and 13.

The festival – which is quickly becoming one of those summer events music lovers can’t wait for – is organised by the Windcraft Music Centre to promote musical creativity and to involve visitors in the magic of creating music. Musicians will have their say while performing and visitors will have much to learn during workshops.

The yard of the village’s old inn, the orchard and other picturesque locations will be transformed into the perfect locations to host this year’s bands and activities. These bands and new collaborations from Cyprus, Greece and Canada, will present their personal music interpretations by blending different traditions and creating a new fusion of sounds, all with wind instruments as their main ingredient.

Kicking things off from 5pm next Friday, Renos Ktoros will demonstrate how you can make a pithkiavli – the traditional Cypriot flute. Also from 5pm until 6pm the first workshop will be underway. Roger Heinrich will give the percussion workshop under the name Just Beat It! Heinrich studied at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin and is a drums, djembe, percussion and cajon teacher in Nicosia.

Leaving hands-on learning behind for a while, the festival begins its array of concerts at 7.30pm with a performance by Zurna-Davul, followed by the ethnical project Trio NeRo at 8pm. Nektarios Rodosthenous, Christos Agathocleous, and George Savva, will give traditional lullabies a new rock dimension.

The boys that make-up the Original Quartet (Marios Charalambous, Kyriacos Kestas, Andreas Panteli, and Andreas Combos) will perform original, jazz-influenced compositions at 9.30pm

The last performance by a band will be by the Mythic Journey Quartet at 11pm. This is a new project by the Canadian saxophonist of the epic Souljazz Orchestra, Zakari Frantz, and the Greek musicians Don Stavrinos, Stathis Diamantidis and Yiannis Despotakis. Together these four musicians will create an uplifting atmosphere with their Afrospiritual grooves.

For those who have not had their fill of music, there will be a jam session at midnight.

Saturday starts with Qi-Qong in the orchestra at 9am, during which all can wake-up with a bit of exercise. Next Theodoris Rellos will lead the Odd metres workshop, followed by a tour of the village at 4pm until 6pm.

The festival also caters for getting children involved in music, as at 5pm there will be a rhythm and movement workshop with Maria Kamberi and Savvas Thoma.

Concerts start early on Saturday with the Clarinettini Quartet, that will showcase classical and instrumental music at 6pm. Next the Windcraft Band will take to the stage at 7pm and be joined by the young drumming band Drumble Beats at 7.30pm. So get ready for handmade percussions and drums to perform next to wind instruments to create a unique blend of sounds.

The last two performances of the night and the festival will be the Trio Frisson, featuring trumpet player Elias Ioannou. Together the band and trumpet player will introduce their Hip-Soul sound. Leaving one of the best for last, the ground-breaking Greek band Mode Plagal will end this groovy journey on an ethnic jazz note.

Windcraft Music Fest 3
Two days of concerts, workshops and other activities. August 12-13. To Chani tou Stavrinou, Katydata, Nicosia. 5pm-12am. €20 for two days, €15 for one day. Tel: 22-377748

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