A series of bold musical compositions, songs and images ATHENS 9,84

The Alternative Stage of the National Opera presents the new ambitious production A Greek Songbook, a Greek book of songs for the 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821, edited by the composer Cornelius Selamsis. More than 30 artists from the fields of speech and popular music and performing arts indulge in a series of bold musical constructions, songs and images. The Α Greek Songbook will be presented in three concert programs at the Alternative Stage of ELS at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on November 19, 20 and 21, 2021.


His creative team A greek Songbook composed by: Giannis Aggelakas, Konstantinos Beta, Savina Giannatou / Haris Lambrakis, Fivos Delivorias, Sofia Zafeiriou / Georgia Karydi, Fanis Zahopoulos, Nalyssa Green, Dimitris Kamarotos / Amalia Moutousi, Pavlos Katsivelis / MC Yinka, Apostolos Kitsos, Petros Klabanis, Lolek, James Wiley / Giannis Dionysiou, Dimitris Papageorgiou, Michalis Paraskakis / Vassilis Magouliotis, Pavlos Pavlidis, Giorgos Poulios / Evripidis Laskaridis, Blaine L. Reininger, Filippos Sakagian, Michalis Siganidis / Theano Metaxa, Fotis Siotas / Thodoris Gonis, Nikolas Tzortzis Anthony Rivera, Martha Frinzila / Vassilis Mantzoukis, Nikoleta Hatzopoulou. Music direction: Nikos Vassileiou. Participates in vocal ensemble chórεs and fifteen-member musical ensemble.

The production is implemented with the support of the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN) [www.SNF.org] for the creation of the anniversary program of the National Opera for the 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821.

Inevitably, then, artistic processes mimic nature, and works of art mimic things that exist in nature. – Thomas Aquinas

Assembled into three concert programs, its structural elements Songbook are in turn divided into three categories (songs, organ compositions and video art works) and mobilize a wide range of creators from the realms of speech and popular music with only a common feature being, under normal circumstances, incompatibility of their aesthetic and technical approaches. Without, on the other hand, any attempt to disguise its inherent contradictions, the produced musical material aligns itself at the level of its sound negotiation with the use of ten instruments of European and five of traditional music, in a conflicting form that aspires to formally render the heaps of heterogeneous currents collected in the cultural and political melting pot of 1821.


The foundation of the project is the use, by all creators, of a series of anthologies, historical materials (texts, purposes or narratives) directly or indirectly related to people and things of the time of the revolution – a fragmentary landscape of jagged ruins, around which the descendants build their modern superstructure.

For Α greek Songbook, the composer Cornelius of Selamsis notes: «The Α Greek Songbook (translated Greek song book) is not a book. It is a collection of musical constructions, songs and images that were assigned to people of music and performing arts to perform in the context of the planning of the Alternative Stage of the National Opera for the year 2021. The Greek designation of this book-which-does not- It has to do with the very root of the word, that is, Greece, as exactly two hundred years ago this word was fixed as a national and geographical and mental consciousness, let us dare say. For this very time, that is to say, the composers and other craftsmen were invited to think and construct works, sometimes associatively and remotely, sometimes with reference and closely connected to a historical or poetic or musical or narrative source. So it’s it Α Greek Songbook and a gathering of people making works of art. Everyone comes from very different places. From different practices and ideologies. It is a gathering that asks not to combine the ways of everyone, but tries to leave the aesthetic frictions visible, not to soften the sensory contrasts. The only practical limitations of the assignments were the duration of each performance and the variety of media (instruments, objects, etc.) that could be used during the physical reproduction in the concert.».


A greek Songbook / The creators and their works


Yannis Angelakas 4 songs around the cycle of tradition

The cycle of songs includes the composition of the traditional “Spiritual dishonors daughter”, the adaptation of the famous Epirus song “I went the road” in collaboration with the polyphonic band Dioni and the pianist Elias Baglanis in charge of the production, “Margiola”, an electronic dark dub adaptation of the legendary Epirus doom and the “Caves (A song for Psarantonis)”, both in collaboration with Vlastur. «To honor tradition as an extinct marvelous entity that has completed its life cycle and to repeat its legendary achievements mechanically, lifelessly and seriously is, in my opinion, a criminal and often suspicious mentality against a living creative wave. which for centuries carries knowledge and inspiration from generation to generation and which to this day struggles, from Thrace to Crete, to evolve, renew and spread its magical circle from its center, lost in the primordial past, to the distant future and its infinite possibilities. With these thoughts, which many times in the past, when I exposed them, I faced the rest of the defenders of formula, I proceeded to this cycle of songs related to tradition, either musically, lyrically, or as a source of inspiration, to have and the specific embalmers of our culture an additional reason to break their clothes».


Constantine Beta I kiss your eyes

Original music and video art inspired by the figure of Odysseus Androutsos. Thoughts, images, fragments, sounds inspired by the letters of Odysseus Androutsos. A work inspired by today and a world we met from the elements left behind by time. “I kiss your eyes”, the phrase that accompanied the closing of his letters to his dear friends.


Savina Giannatou / Haris Lambrakis And the head of Ali…

Lullaby for Ali Pasha with Greek and Albanian lyrics. The song has as its starting point its lyrics Alipasiadas of Hatzis Sehretis describing the severed head of Ali Pasha. It also includes verses from the poem “Ali Pashë Tepelena” by Ismail Kadare, from the folk poem “Tis Kyra-Frosini” and phrases from Hellenic Prefecture. Respectively, the melody contains a combination of traditional Albanian songs with free improvisation.


Fivos Delivorias In Marco Botsari

«What drew me to this particular, relatively unknown poem by Solomos, is the turn that says Wise lexicons, longία, – / Μη λάχe I hurt your ears· / You were running σthe memories inside / Και ψάλτε με λόγια τρεLa. The poet contrasts the hero with his learned self and gives us the key that unites us, nerds of a post-technological culture, with the savage men who fought for what they hoped for as freedom. Musically I tried a small tribute to composers like Mantzaros and Samaras, who first fought with her riddle national music».


Sofia Zafiriou / Georgia Karydi mnemolithiko

The mnemolithiko reads the Constitution of Troizina (1827) as a letter sent to the future. Participates in the rituals of renewal of the national dream of the dream nation with a collection of displaced maps, digital representations, Hellenisms, rhythms and fragmented locations.


Fanis Zahopoulos The μatom δentro

A song inspired by Theodoros Kolokotronis. In September 1821, a few days after the “fall of Tripolitsa”, Theodoros Kolokotronis enters the blood-stained city with his horse. In the narration of his memoirs, recorded by Georgios Tertsetis, he states that, when he arrived at the bazaar, they showed him the plane tree where the Greeks, the thieves of Moria, were hanging. While the slaughter has just stopped, he orders the tree to be cut down.


Nalyssa Green Laskarina Bouboulina

«The attemptά to get in touch with who was the heroine that I was interested in studying, in combination with the discomfort caused by the fact that from the realm of the visible in our societies the female voice is absent, the woman as a subject, as an actor, formed the core for the creation of my work Laskarina Bouboulina “.


Dimitris Kamarotos / Amalia Moutousi Byron Hydrophone Recordings

The work, 18 minutes long, is written for the sound and image of a short film of equal length and for four instruments, one from each orchestral group. The selected texts are interpreted by the actress Amalia Moutousi hypocritically and musically – in situ – in the places where Byron lived the last year of his life, in Messolonghi. The places in the lagoon were chosen for their relationship with history, for the uniqueness of the sound landscape and for the wilderness they present today. The direction of photography and the photography are by Giannis Drakoularakos.


Pavlos Katsivelis / MC Yinka komuna Dimitris Balis and Κomron of Andros

The musical work komuna uses as a libretto the proclamation of the Commune of Andros and as a sound material the dialogue of “oriental” and “western” musical instruments with the African-American rhythmic poetry of hip hop and spoken word, to tell the story of another revolution, which did not fit in construction of the national narrative for ’21.


Apostolos Kitsos Sacred τragout

«TheSacred ” (a hybrid word from the hieratic and the erotic) is an erotic ballad in lyrics by the Old Patras German. THE ιerrarch wrote this poem while he was already ordained a metropolitan and therefore any love affair and contact was forbidden to him. This song aspires on the one hand to illuminate an unknown aspect of this decisive personality for the Revolution and on the other hand to highlight the timeless and universal form of unfulfilled desire. As Manos Hadjidakis would say, love is ancient but sin is Byzantine».


Petros Klabanis Uncivil

«The struggle for the independence of Elin the early 19th century he did not come alone. It was followed by a harder, darker war. A battle between competitors. A battle of the nation with itself. Allies and comrades-in-arms one day, the next become sworn enemies. Background, betrayal, thirst for wealth and power. The νHesiotes and Roumeliotes are fighting against the Moraites and vice versa, at a time in our history from which we have much to learn, even though we have not learned it. I try to express these extreme extremes with my work Uncivil ».


Lolek Bloody ποταμός

The silence after the battle. Silence and despair. Desperate hands that reaped lives. Despair and violence. Despair and blood. A bloody river. The musical work Bloody ποταμός in Lolek music and orchestration Lolek and George Peru is based on the poem Hymn to Liberty of Dionysios Solomos.


James Wiley / John Dionysiou A! What a night

«Revolution is a turn towards something ideal, something new. Through constant motion it aims at the inner search for light, which will lead us through the dark night. To Ύμνον εις την Ελευθερίαν I found lyrics that I wanted to transform into movement and light. As for music, in search of my own revolution, I allowed different elements of my personal, musical world to coexist. A tsamiko from Messolonghi, the classic Persian roads and the western harmonious sensitivity stand side by side in this humble offer…»


Dimitris Papageorgiou Co-owners

«Starting point in the project Co-owners is the microϊstory of the envy of the Notara brothers for a woman (Makrygiannis, Memoirs), which provokes a number of interesting associations, consistently referring to the various levels of conflict between the εGreek teams for power distribution. Instead of mιLet me describe these consecutive relations, I aim at the structural level, creating superimpositions of conflicting logics through musical ideas with a heterogeneous character. Avoiding mιa single narrative and projecting alternative rhymes of musical discourse, I try to highlight the fluidity of the relations between otherall materials and dispositions».


Michalis Paraskakis / Vassilis Magouliotis Think, Mrs. ρκ

«Η Hellenic Prefecture is a fiery, pre-revolutionary text that speaks of the need for freedom, blames the foreign yoke but also the local politicians and the priesthood for its deprivation. Of course he demands the revolution and then the right administration. It is a shockingly fresh and up-to-date text. The turbulent, violentη music attempts to convey the anxious passion with which he writes anonymous Greek, to dress the actor’s speech and action with what I felt reading the text».


Παύλος Παυλίδης The pba’s feverιρον

«I instinctively chose Byron among her heroes ΕGreek Εrevolution and I can say that my tour of the literary Europe of the early nineteenth century through his biography was enjoyable. I also watched as a reader in detail the start of our modern national sport called reciprocity. I am glad that I was given the opportunity by the Alternative Scene of ELS to discover this particular poet and create an elliptical portraitέhis, that I named “Byron fever.”


George Poulios / Euripides Laskaridis ΜΑNDO

A visual, short film, the result of the close collaboration between the composer George Pouliou and the director-performer Euripides Laskaridis. The source of inspiration was the heroine of the Greek Revolution, Manto Mavrogenous, who fell in love with Dimitrios Ypsilantis when she was young, but who, influenced by the machinations of Ioannis Kolettis, betrayed her and did not marry her. She gave all her property for the liberation of the nation, something that was not recognized to her alive. A series of shots in free association, focusing on the misunderstanding of the concepts: revolution, self-sacrifice, freedom.


Blaine L. Reininger Selley: Greece

«I chose to set to music selected lyrics from the huge actsShelley’s poem Greece and do it in song form played by a small ensemble of rock or jazz, and I sing. The elaborate and ornate works of his romantic poetry 19th century did not always adapt easily to contemporary songs, and so composing proved to be a challenge. I am wellhappy with the results, however, and I believe that they manage to express the essential liberating message of the poem. It is also fitting that I, like Shelley and Byron, am a foreign, philhellenic, exotic plant that took root in the territory of Greece».


Filippos Sakagian FIRST STOP, andI light

«Usually the leading role when we talk about the revolution of 1821 is played by heroism, but what interested me was to turn the spotlight and focus on the condition of heroism, sacrifice and especially on its extensions. This work is an internal condition, a window into background of the revolution, and him proud lament. The reason for this was B.΄ σhedging of Free besieged of Solomos and the image that haunts it, that of pietà, of mother holding her dead child in her arms. These words can only be dedicated to all those who choose freedom over life».


MiChalis Siganidis / Theano Metaxa The secret school II, The mobs strangled him

«These songs talk about the low chakras, that is, the memory of the erotic body of the revolution, as a funeral speech in the physical first, and in the imagination the second. The paraphrase of the famous poem by Ioannis Polemis is recited by a child, while two lovers simulate feats and absolute giving. from distance. This crisis of epic consciousness, we mourn silently, like Panagoulis in the hospital when he learned about the death of Nikiforos Mandilaras: “We give you this promise / instead of a memorial service ”. To make mourning joyful».


Fotis Siotas / Thodoris Gonis The potatoes of Kapodistrias

A song about the First Governor against the backdrop of Nafplion. It is about the famous story with the potatoes. Comical and at the same time tender, he talks to us about the “potatoes of Kapodistrias”. In this song, two different worlds fade, two worlds in conflict, just at the moment when the history of the new Greek state begins.


Nikoλαζ Τζώρτζης / Anthony RiveraVents contraires

the project Vents contraires (opposite winds) is based on letters from Ioannis Kapodistrias and refers to the strong resistance he encountered from the domestic centers of power, something that eventually led to his assassination. The music opposes the baritone, it supports him only a little, it makes his mission very difficult, while he knows very well the fate that awaits him.


Martha Frinzila / Vassilis Mantzoukis The tragic istory of Susa and Sarimbalis

“The tragic story of Susa and Sarimbalis was organized musically based on the composition of the fifteen-syllable traditional song Of Susa, referring to the doomed love of two young children: of E.of Susanna and Saris Bali, Τurk official. Three purposes, two traditional and one original, re-recommend the song, framed by various melodic forms, sometimes in agreement and sometimes in disagreement, sometimes to accompany, sometimes to be autonomous in their own song, thus shaping the very polyphonic character of the project. Our goal was to maintain the ossifying immediacy taught by folk poetry andand its traditional composition».


Nikoleta Hatzopoulou Heterotopia

«The composition is based on four paintings on the theme of Nafplio, created during the period 1825-1833. Through mιan original method-experiment, the decapitations of the works are used as scores. Basic elements such as curves, punctuation, movement, density, harmony of the elements but also the noise are recorded acoustically, and are organized inιa peculiar song form».



Α greek Songbook Concert schedule

 Friday, November 19, 2021, at 20.30

Yannis AngelakasSpiritual dishonors daughter
Fotis Siotas / Thodoris Gonis The potatoes of Kapodistrias
Martha Frinzila / Vassilis Mantzoukis The tragic story of Susa and Sarimbalis
Petros KlabanisUncivil
Fanis Zahopoulos The bloody tree
Michalis Paraskakis / Vassilis MagouliotisΣτοχάσου, καὶ ἀρκεῖ
Nikoleta HatzopoulouHeterotopia
Video presentation: Constantine BetaI kiss your eyes


Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 20.30

Fivos Delivorias To Marco Botsari
Apostolos Kitsos Sacred song
Pavlos Katsivelis / MC Yinkakomuna Dimitris Balis and the Commune of Andros
James Wiley / John Dionysiou A! What a night
Blaine L. Reininger Selley: Greece
Nikolas Tzortzis / Anthony RiveraVents contraires
Dimitris Papageorgiou
Video presentation: George Poulios / Euripides Laskaridis ΜΑNDO

Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 19.30:XNUMX p.m.


Pavlos Pavlidis Ο πba’s feverιρον

Lolek Bloody ποταμός

Nalyssa Green Laskarina Bouboulina

Savina Giannatou / Haris Lambrakis And the head of Ali…

Filippos Sakagian FIRST STOP, andI light

Sofia Zafiriou / Georgia Karydi mnemolithiko

Michalis Siganidis / Theano Metaxa The secret school II, The mobs strangled him
Live music video: Dimitris Kamarotos / Amalia Moutousi Byron Hydrophone Recordings


Participates in vocal ensemble chórεs


Concert cycle • Assignment of the Alternative Stage of ELS
A greek Songbook
19, 20, 21 November 2021
Start time: 20.30 (Sunday 19.30)
Alternative Stage of the National Opera
Stavros Niarchos Foundation for Culture

In the context of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution

Editor: Cornelius of Selamsis

Sound design, sound recording: Brian Koon


Creative team: Giannis Aggelakas, Konstantinos Beta, Savina Giannatou / Haris Lambrakis, Fivos Delivorias, Sofia Zafeiriou / Georgia Karydi, Fanis Zahopoulos, Nalyssa Green, Dimitris Kamarotos / Amalia Moutousi, Pavlos Katsivelis / MC Yinka, Apostolos Kitsos, Petros Klabanis, Lolek, James Wiley / Giannis Dionysiou, Dimitris Papageorgiou, Michalis Paraskakis / Vassilis Magouliotis, Pavlos Pavlidis, Giorgos Poulios / Evripidis Laskaridis, Blaine L. Reininger, Filippos Sakagian, Michalis Siganidis / Theano Metaxa, Fotis Siotas / Thodoris Gonis, Nikolas Tzortzis Anthony Rivera, Martha Frinzila / Vassilis Mantzoukis, Nikoleta Hatzopoulou


Musical direction: Nikos Vassileiou


Participate in vocal ensemble chórεs and fifteen-member musical ensemble




Ticket prices: 15 €, 20 €

Student, children: 10 €

Pre-sale: ELS funds at the SNFCC (2130885700, daily 09.00-21.00), ticketservices.gr

It is noted that the ELS rooms at the SNFCC operate, based on Government Gazette 4919 / ΒΔ / 24.10.2021, as pure spaces for vaccinated and sick, at 100% of their capacity (spectators must show a valid certificate). Children up to 11 years old will submit a self-test statement in the last 24 hours. Children from 12 to 17 years old can present either a vaccination or disease certificate or a PCR or rapid diagnostic certificate test.


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