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Lute - Maria Ploumi
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Dates: 9-15 July

The laouto: basic techniques of harmonic and rhythmic accompaniment in the island and mainland Greece.

Our course aims to a familiarization with the Greek laouto as it is played in the Greek islands and the mainland. The content of the course will evolve along the following lines:

* Familiarization with the musical style of every region we are going to study through recorded examples.
* Basic rhythmic motifs of each region.
* Basic principles of harmonic accompaniment in each region.
* Creation of ensembles and practice.

The final goal of the course is to introduce the participants to the possibilities of the laouto up to a first level in the harmonic and rhythmic accompaniment through studying the musical styles of each region (as far as this is possible during the course), to facilitate them as to be able to recognize and accompany typical tunes/dances from various regions of Greece, and to receive the appropriate stimulation for their future further involvement with this instrument.

To make sure that the course runs smoothly and successfully for everybody the following things are suggested:

* Maximum number of participants: 15.
* Participants are required to have an elementary knowledge of the laouto, and of course, to bring their own instrument.
* Participants will be able to record or videotape the course for their own use to help them in their study.


She was born in Athens in 1985. At the age of nine, she started learning how to play the mainland/island lute with Kostas Kalaitzakis, while taking lessons in theory and harmony of Western music. She also studied the Cretan lute with Karolos Kouklakis and Giorgos Xyloris, maqam with Sokratis Sinopoulos and rhythmic improvisation with Harris Lambrakis. She graduated from the Department of Music Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has worked with scores of excellent players and vocalists mainly of the folk, but also of other scenes such as Chronis Aidonidis, Marios Papadeas, Kyriakos Gouventas, Nikos and Giasemi Saragouda, Christos Tsiamoulis, Antonis Tsekoyras, Giorgos Makris, Katerina Papadopoulou, Manos Achanilotopoulos, Martha Mavroidi, Sotiris Margonis, Márta Sebestyén, Giorgos Paterakis, Argyris Bakirtzis, Theodora Athanasiou and Michalis Kouloumis. She has also worked with several cultural/folk entities and dance troupes, taking part in a various events, festivals and tours in Greece, Cyprus and abroad. She has made several studio recordings and she has done various radio, TV and theatrical performances. From 2010 to 2013, she taught the lute at the folk-music school of the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments (Centre of Ethnomusicology) at Plaka. Since 2014, she has been one of the teachers at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory.

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