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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring on castle hill in Pythagorion

Lovely spring on the island of Samos in Greece. Fresh and high green grass and multiple colours of  beautifully blooming flowers in March and April!

Only in early Spring one can see this unique combination of high green grasses and blooming flowers, ancient ruins and the castle of Lykourgos Logothetis on castle hill in Pythagorion close to the agean sea. Usually these grasses and most of the flowers will be withered and gone when the tourist season starts in May. Or they have been cut away ...

This video gives some impressions of the scenery. Music is from german singer/guitarist Lothar Kosse:

Some more photos of spring on castle hill:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"Believe" - Song about Samos island


A song by singer/songwriter Ad Vanderveen from The Netherlands.  It's about his feelings of the timelessness of the landscapes found and experienced on Samos and the thought, that the old philosophers, writers and astronomers, the wise men of Samos, saw these same landscapes more than two thousand years ago too.

"Written on the island of Samos, Greece, thinking of the wise men who once lived there and devoted their lives to first-hand knowledge and proof of things we may believe, and build on in daily life today" (liner notes by Ad Vanderveen).

Here is the video for the song:

Song taken from his album "BEAT THE RECORD", released in March 2014.

Why not learn a bit about some of the wise men who were born on the island of Samos in ancient greek times? E.g.: