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Songs from a bygone Greek era

Cyprus’ music scene continues to grow with Zaatar Food Arts in Old Nicosia dedicated to creating artistic nights whether in the form of theatre, dance or music. On Friday it will bring band Trio Levante for a live performance.

The band has successfully presented a musical programme for the last three years devoted to pieces by composers that belong to the ‘Smyrna’ school of Rembetiko, focusing on the pre-war Rembetiko and the Café-Aman era.

After their first album Urban Folk Songs (Astika Laika Tragudia), Petros Kouloumis on voice and lute, Pavlos Michaelides on the violin and voice and Pantelis Ionas on the banjo, guitar, oud and voice, are set for another performance.

This time, joining the trio will be Frederiki Tombazou, who began studying music from a young age, interested in classical guitar, classical song and piano. She continued her studies in traditional Greek (folk) music specialising in traditional singing. Her musical spectrum includes Cypriot traditional music and the common musical culture of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Similar to Trio Levante, Frederiki’s musical interests also focus on the pre-war and Smyrnian school of rembetiko song which she will be performing on the night, while she also performs Greek-speaking rock music.

As the event sounds promising, reservation is advised, so hurry up and book a seat to enjoy songs from an old Greek era while tasting Zaatar’s Middle Eastern dishes.

Trio Levante
Live performance by trio band. November 30. Zaatar Food Arts, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €8. Tel: 77776600 & 22-100785.

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