From bagpipe to accordion
Thracian accordion seminar
Coordinators: Nikos Mpozoglou, Giorgos Drikoudis, Stamatis Pasopoulos.
The accordion has acquired a remarkable role in the Thracian folk music tradition. Various elements of this musical culture
were incorporated into the way of playing the accordion, but it mainly replaced its potential "ancestor", the bagpipe
(the most dominant instrument of Thracian music, which is called gáida). The seminar will analyze the ways and techniques of simulating this music on the accordion, methods of performance and the various "schools" of the Thracian accordion since it appeared.
Also, the three coordinators of the seminar (Drikoudis, Mpozoglou, Pasopoulos) will present,
analyze and compare elements of each one's particular style and sound.
duration: 3 hours
Sunday 27/9, 12:00-15:00
price: 30€ (20€ reduced)
maximum number of participants: 10
To Avgo, Valaoritou 4
He was born and raised in Kato Agios Ioannis, Pieria. His thracian origin is from Dautli (or Aspros) in Eastern Romilia (Black Sea region). The introduction to the accordion came at the age of three and then apprenticed to accordionists in the area. He has participated as a traditional musician in various festivals and seminars of traditional music and dance in Greece and abroad (Europe, USA, Canada). He has collaborated at the Herodion with Chronis Aidonidis and Vangelis Dimoudis and he also collaborates with the Panhellenic Federation of Associations of Eastern Romilia. 1997 started participating in several recordings, while in 2018 he founded the Thracian music group "Kafandardes", where the album "Bati stou Choro" is released. He is also working professionally as rebetiko and folk music player.
He was born in Koufalia, Thessaloniki, having his first contact with the accordion at the age of six. He had his first experience in Thracian music within his family, which was active in music and dance events in the village and the wider area. He started as a self-taught accordionist and from the age of twelve he received classical training in both accordion and piano, as well as advanced theory. He is active as a traditional accordion performer in the Thracian and Macedonian music tradition.
Stamatis Pasopoulos, born in Greece (1986), is a composer who is influenced a lot from the traditional culture of Northern Greece. He is trying to analyse and to find the deepest aspects and functions of the traditional music of that area. He is looking for ways to use his experiences with this culture as a member, auditor and as well as a musician in contemporary art. The above mentioned topic currently also constitutes the main issue of his Master in Arts at Codarts Academy (Rotterdam), being taught by Robin de Raaff and René Uijlenhoet. He studied in Thessaloniki composition with Ilias Papadopoulos and bayan (concert accordion) with Konstantinos Raptis during his Bachelor. He is member of the contemporary ensemble TETTTIX from Athens. Since 2018 he teaches composition (specialisation of “Poetics”) on the department of Music Science and Art in University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki).