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Eastern Music Ensemble - Kostas Tsarouchis
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Dates: July 5 - 11

Lesson timetable: 11:00 - 14:00 (total of 21 hours)

We will play traditional music from different regions of Greece, the Balkans, and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as works by contemporary composers that are grounded in this great family of “modal musics.”

Analyzing the theory of makam, we will discuss melodic movement and how it leads us to improvisation. 

We will see which roles each instrument can have within an ensemble, and how different instruments may coexist harmoniously in this setting. 

The ensemble is open to all kinds of traditional musical instruments.

A basic familiarity with the instrument is required.

Reading sheet music is preferable, but not required. 


Kostas Tsarouchis was born in Patras in 1984. In 2004 he started playing the oud with Eugene Voulgaris as his teacher at the Patras Municipal Conservatory. He took lessons in Byzantine music with Sp. He has attended oud lessons with Sp. Psachos, rhythmology with Sergios Voulgaris and theory (makam) with Christos Tsiamoulis, Eugenios Voulgaris and Yannis Balafoutis and is a member of the orchestra of traditional instruments of the Municipal Conservatory of Patras since 2005. He has attended seminars in oud with Yurdal Tokcan (2005, 2008, 2013) and Haig Yazdjian (2009).

At the same time she is learning double bass with Vilen Karapetyan. He has occasionally collaborated with Ross Daly, Eugenios Voulgaris, Fausto Sierakowski , Senih Udeger, Haris Lambrakis, Nikos Paraoulakis etc.

Since 2019 he has been curating the traditional instrument orchestra +bAnda. He has participated in concerts, festivals and music scenes in Greece and abroad with Sazman Orkestar, Refa, The Halay Lamba, Rebetien,Inside Out, Chepkalo Projects , TangoRamenoi , MortisHead ,Koyaman and many others.


Festival international du malouf 2015 Constantine, Algerie

Torino, Jazz Night 2017

1st World Music Festival, Patras 2016

Houdetsi Festival 2015, 2016

Bar zur Photobastei, Zurich, Switzerland 2017

Tatonka Festival Fessevillers, France 2018

Icarus Festival 2014

Syros Accordion Festival 2015

Kalamata Street Festival 2016

Xarkis Festival, Lofou, Cyprus 2016

Balkan June Fest Arta, 2015 etc.

2nd Festival of Ancient Sounds (O.M.M.Th 2019)

SOAS Concert Series , London 2020

University of Padua 2022

He has written music or participated in films :

no one there in ruthless happiness | 2020 (Maria Tsioli) ,

Letter from Pontus (Thomas Sideris 2019) ,

The city and the city (2021 Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas ) ,

EKEI - (Short) 2014 .

Landscape with Hut and Forest (2020) ,

The Tempest Society (Bouchra Khalili 2016)

He is a graduate of Computer Engineering from the University of Patras and a graduate of the MSc "Interpretation and Performance of Traditional Music" from the Department of Music Studies of the University of Athens.

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