20.08.2021
Festival Opening

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Katerina Messini – Haris Cladis, Presentation of ASFA Graduates’ video installation, Karlovasi Leprosarium

Live music show, Samos Folk Orchestra

biography

Samos Folk Orchestra

Panagiotis Panagakis is a graduate of the Department of Music Studies at the University of Ioannina (ex. Dept of Traditional Music, TEI of Epirus, Arta) specializing in oud. His main occupation, is the music of Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia. He is deeply engaged with the singing and vocal part of these music genres, interpreting songs from traditional Greek music, rebetiko songs, as well as of folk and traditional Turkish music and Ottoman classical music. He has performed in many places around Greece and abroad (Istanbul, Larnaca).
Giannis Anastasopoulos has obtained classical and traditional violin studies, from an early age. His repertoire covers a variety of songs and instrumental pieces from the Aegean islands, Asia Minor, approaching at the same time a wide range from folk and traditional Greek music. During the last years, he has appeared in several events in music stages and taverns both in Athens and the Greek province, not only by playing the violin but also singing many of the songs.
Alexandros Diakogiannis has followed classical music studies, acquiring piano degree (D. Toufexis class) and music theory degree (E. Tsoutsou class) from the Conservatory ‘Joanna Sygkelaki’. Since 2013, he is occupied with rebetiko, folk and traditional  Greek music, firstly playing the accordion and lately playing the cimbalom, attending lessons under Klearhos Korkovelos and the Hungarian music teacher and soloist Viktória Herencsár. Music from the Aegean islands, Asia Minor, as well as the surrounding of the Mediterranean Sea and Balkan countries. He is also engaged in teaching, while at the same time he has appeared in a variety of events, in music stages, taverns, social receptions, television and radio shows.
Pavlos Simos is a self-taught musician. His involvement with music contains many traditional musical instruments (percussion, tzouras, bouzouki), while during the last years he is focused in oud. He has also participated in seminars for oud technique and maqam theory, instructed by Eugenios Voulgaris. Since 2013, he has performed with several groups at festivals, music stages and taverns in Athens and the Greek province, playing the bouzouki in the early years and the oud lately.
Michalis Katsaros is a self-taught guitarist from an early age, while since 2019 he studies flute (D. Fotopoulos class) and trumpet (I. Karampetsos class) at ‘Orfeio Conservatory of Athens’. He has also attended seminars for folk guitar playing instructed by Giorgos Chronopoulos and for Eastern Music Orchestra instructed by Sofia Labropoulou. His interests and repertoire are drawn from rebetiko and Greek folk songs, as well as music from the Balkan countries and the wider region of the eastern Mediterranean. He has appeared in several concerts, music stages and taverns in Athens and the Greek province, playing the guitar but also singing many of the songs.
Stelios Varvakis started dealing with traditional percussion instruments in 2014, having the good fortune to find Vangelis Karipis as a Teacher, when participating in the music seminars of Ikaria, "Musical Yards". Having a great love for rhythm and making slow steps from instrument to instrument and from region to region, he was able to participate during the last years in several performances with dance clubs as well as with various musical groups of the island. He has made appearances in music stages, cultural events and collective efforts of residents of our villages. His repertoire covers most of the traditional - folk rhythms from Greece, but also the rhythms of the wider region of the eastern Mediterranean.
Christos Mitatakis has obtained classical guitar studies at an early age, turning to electrical guitar later, as well as composition and orchestration. His musical interests cover a variety of genres, primarily instrumental, acoustic and electronic western music, but also folk and ethnic music from all around the globe. He deals extensively with the electric sound, rhythm and sound engineering. Since 2019, he plays double bass among with Greek folk and traditional orchestras. He has played in various concerts and festivals in Athens and the Greek province.
Charilaos Nikolaou has recently graduated from Samos Music Secondary School and he will now continue his studies at Samos Music High School. He studies intensively traditional clarinet since 2016, having Alexandros Arkadopoulos as a teacher, while despite of his young age, he plays a big variety of songs and instrumental pieces from the Greek traditional repertoire, but also pieces from folk and traditional Turkish music and Ottoman classical music. He has performed all around the island, in various music stages, festivals, social receptions, television and radio shows.