Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Από ξένο τόπο - Yannis Loulourgas & Georgios Markou

Yannis Loulourgas (vocals, gagava) & Georgios Markou (guitar) perform a traditional song from Asia Minor called "Από ξένο τόπο" (from foreign lands). Recorded live in the shop of Yannis in Pythagorion on the greek island of Samos, July 2015.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Exploring the Magic - A visit to Ikaria

Not far away, west from Samos, 1,5 to 2 hours with a ferry, there is Ikaria island. Since many years I had been reading articles and watching videos about Ikaria, and in this year I finally made it to visit this island.
In part my visit to Ikaria was triggered too by a new (2015) fast ferry connection from Pythagorio to Agios Kirykos: the catamaran ferry "Dodekanisos Pride" makes one stop-over in Fourni and after 1,5 hours reaches Ikaria island!

What I found there I liked so much that I came back again a couple of weeks later! Here are a few photos as "teaser".

My impressions from the visits to Ikaria I have condensed into a video and a photo slideshow.
If you are planning a visit to the islands of Samos or Patmos, don't miss the chance to pay a visit to Ikaria too!

Icarian dreamscapes (preview)

Exploring the Magic - Ikaria 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Visits to Posidonio

Here is a video with a short compilation of clips that I took in recent years when I was visiting lovely Posidonio in the southeast of the island. Hope you will enjoy it!
What is always nice: the so-called "sunset-trip" in the boat of Captain Jiannis from Pythagorion through the Mykale Strait to the fish tavern in Posidonio.

The triangular rock is called "Samsons Rock"!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Out of my head

Here is a lovely version of the song "Out of my head" - written by singer/songwriter Kieran Goss from Ireland - sung by Dimos Kasapidis. We recorded this song in beautiful May 2014 in this picturesque green spot called Pnaka (with a phantastic tavern and fresh waters from a well) high above the north coast of the island.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Photo presentation: "Samos, May & June 2014"

Samian Dreamscapes: "Samos, May & June 2014". A selection of more than 250 photos that I took during the months of May and June 2014 on the beautiful and green island of Samos in Greece. Mostly of places that are not visited by mainstream tourism on Samos.

Since the whole presentation is over 34 minutes long, I divided it into two parts!

Part 1 (15 min):

Part 2 (19 min):

Don't expect Samos island to be this green - and full of blooming flowers - in hot summer and autumn! Areas full of yellow blooming broom can be seen best in May till beginning of June.

The music accompanying this presentation I recorded "live" on Samos. Music is performed by local musicians:
- Giamaioi Sygrotima / ΓΙΑΜΑΙΟΙ ΣΥΓΚΡΟΤΗΜΑ during a concert in the school yard in Vathy end of May (Vasilis Sarandou on violin on that day!).
- Yannis Loulourgas together with Georgios Markou in "Notos" in Pythagorion in June 2014.

Yannis Loulourgas & Georgios Markou - O Kaixis / Gel Gel Kaixis (The boatman)
Yannis Loulourgas & Georgios Markou - Άλλος για Χίο τράβηξε (Allos gia Xio travikse)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Allos gia Xio travikse

Yannis Loulourgas and Georgios Markou performing the song 

Άλλος για Χίο τράβηξε (Allos gia Xio travikse) live at "Notos" in Pythagorion.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Reunion with Yannis Loulourgas

Yannis Loulourgas, great singer and bouzouki player, luthier and teacher. Living in the village of Pythagorion on Samos island.

We had not seen each other for almost three years, during which lots of things had happened. So that was some special re-encounter in this May!

Here are a couple of impressions I brought back home from many meetings and encounters with Yannis and his music.

In his shop in Pythagorion:

Yannis working on a new bouzouki in front of his shop:

Yannis and me:

Yannis as a teacher for musical instruments, in front of his shop with his students. You can pass by and meet him and his students there, always on Saturday mornings between 11 and 12 o'clock.

Yannis demonstrates the sound of his type of bouzoukis:

Yannis, with three fellow musicians, rehearsing at "Notos" in May 2014. Dimitris Sofianos (violin), Georgios Markou (guitar) and Dionisis Mastrogiannis (accordion).

One of the songs I always want Yannis to play when I meet him on Samos is "Ο καϊξής " (O Kaixis / Gel Gel Kaixis), the old story of the boatman that is needed to free a beautiful lady kept enclosed inside a harem in Istanbul. What a great song, based on a traditional melody line! Well known in Greece and Asia Minor, sung in greek or turkish language,  The lyrics and a translation into english you can find here.

The recording of this song I took in tavern "Notos", after the noise of scandinavian tourists came down quite a bit after 11 pm (when they left the place!). Yannis is playing with his friend Giorgos Markou, who accompanies him on acoustic classical guitar. In the high season 2014 they will play together at "Notos" every Monday night.