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Fengaros Music Village returns this summer

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Building on the success of 2020’s sold-out music workshops and lectures, Fengaros Music Village returns to the quaint village of Kato Drys for its eighth edition, scheduled for July 22-27. Dedicated to providing opportunities for experienced professionals and music enthusiasts alike to collaborate, learn and perform with one another, Fengaros Music Village 2021 will host a community of educators, artists and cultural supporters this summer.

A series of nine music workshops will be on offer, each amounting to approximately 30 hours of morning and afternoon sessions spread across six days, and revitalising the traditional Cypriot village with music, vitality and creativity. Workshops will be instructed by industry professionals from Cyprus, Germany and Greece, with a range of specialities including Cypriot music, non-western ensemble playing, jazz music and more.

A key component of Fengaros Music Village is collaboration between attendees, personalised consultations with instructors and expanding musicians’ network and community of artists, establishing the event as one of the most fruitful and significant meetings in Cyprus for both local and foreign musicians. Attendees have since accomplished several music releases, numerous festival and concert performances in Cyprus and abroad, as well as an expanded pool of peers, supporters and collaborators.

Fengaros Music Village’s goal is to nurture productive knowledge exchange between artists with a variety of backgrounds and styles, including instructors and participants alike. Each evening free concerts are available to the public followed by jam sessions in the village’s café.

Registered participants will be able to enjoy the use of an open-air campsite.

The Workshops

Eleni Irakleous (Germany) – The Musicality of the Voice. Vocal confidence, harmonies and group singing, and embodied performance

George Kontrafouris (Greece) – Jazz and Beyond. Improvisation, “feel”, reharmonisation techniques and ensemble-playing

Ermis Michail (Cyprus) – The Guitarist’s Perspectives. Expanding music vocabulary in different ensemble settings

Christodoros Mnasonos (Cyprus) – Unlocking the Makam System. Deepening understanding of the makam music system

Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece) – Melodic Development, Harmonisation and Orchestration in the Work of Kostas Skarvelis. Modality and integrating Western harmonisation in rebetiko music

Vassilis Philippou (Cyprus) – Words and Sounds of Cyprus in Composition Today. Revitalising Cypriot music, poetry and dialect in new Cypriot songwriting

Fotis Siotas (Greece) – Not Just a Loop Not Just a Loop Not Just a Loop Not Just a Loop Not Just a Loop… Innovation and sound manipulation using looping and sound effects with acoustic instruments

Demetris Yiasemides & Eva Stavrou (Cyprus) – Wind Ensembles: Art and Technique. Stretching instrument abilities within an ensemble

Stelios Xydias (Cyprus) – Precision and Freedom. Maintaining a balanced routine between practicing technique and advancing musicality


Fengaros Music Village 2021

Workshops, concerts and more for musicians and music enthusiasts. July 22-27. Kato Drys, Larnaca. €135 for full participation in one workshop, €175 for full participation in one workshop, plus 5 meals. Refundable cancellation registration until June 22. More information and workshop descriptions, registration, accommodation and payment

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