Mikri Arktos is a new space in Old Nicosia and hosts local artists on its walls and musicians on its floor. Located on Peiraios Street within the walled city, the venue supports the island’s creatives by displaying artwork and by welcoming local musicians for nights of performances. On Wednesday, two musical duos will set up their instruments at Mikri Arktos and showcase their sound.
Taking the stage at 8pm is the Mali duo comprised of musicians Vasilis Philippou and Odysseas Toumazou. Inspired by the sounds of Cyprus, which will be present in both the lyrics and the music, Mali will present a mini-concert with original compositions but also covers of traditional pieces which touch on the relationship between humans and nature. Vasilis and Odysseas’ music is deeply influenced by their love of Cypriot culture and they invite audiences to experience tradition as a live and developing way of expression.
The evening will then continue with the Blunefe duet, formed by Andreas Andreou on the oud and Christos Yerolatsitis on piano in 2020. The name of the duo comes from the blend of two different musical scenes that each separately has the ability to blend and balance elements from various genres of music. A game between the words Blues and Künefe showcases the musicians’ open minds and ability to mix elements from Blues, Jazz and the music traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean. The band’s sound balances West and East, the same way that the sour cheese blends with the sweet syrup of sugar inside the well-known sweet Künefe. Joining the duet will be guest musician Omiros Miltiadous who will add the drum element to the music.
By duets Mali and Blunefe. June 29. Mikri Arktos, Nicosia. 8pm. €7 music charge. Tel: 22-252259