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Oud - Evgenios Voulgaris
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Dates: July 5 - 10
Lesson timetable: 17:00 - 20:00 or 17:00 - 21:00 (total of 21 hours)

* This seminar is full. A waiting list is available.
The seminar will develop the technique of the oud via its role in the musical traditions of both rembetiko and Asia minor's songs and will also approach technical matters concerning the musician's basic use of the instrument.

In order to achieve this, musical pieces from the above repertoire will be used and taught with special emphasis on methodology and how they are interpreted. Finally, given that the above musical traditions and the use of the oud are connected to the Makam theoretical system, a presentation of the meaning of Makam will take place, most importantly including an indication of its practical use in the interpretive aspect of either song compositions or the improvisation style known as taksimi.

The seminar is open to anyone who is interested, regardless of his/her level and will have the form of a workshop, aiming at my interaction with the participants, according to their needs.

* This lesson will be taught primarily in Greek. Terminology will be explained in other languages as well, according to the teacher’s disposal.

Full interpretation will not be provided.


His interest in traditional music started in 1992, the year in which he finished his Byzantine-Music studies. As a multi-instrumentalist he repeatedly worked with major names and composers for live performances, studio recordings and TV appearances both in Greece and abroad.

Since 1995, he is the leading mandolinist of the Orchestra of Colours. During his career, he has always had a weak spot for teaching music. He is currently a teacher at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, where he is in charge of the Department of Traditional Instruments. He also runs the department of the same name at the School of Byzantine Music and Traditional Instruments, which operates under the auspices of Ilia’s Church in Pyrgos and Amaliada.

He also teaches the oud, the yayli tambur, organology and the theory of Greek folk scales at the Department of Popular and Traditional Music (Technological Educational Institute of Epirus). Since 2006, he has been a regular teacher at the Labyrinth Musical Workshops in Crete, at the Music Village in Pilio and Cyprus and at the Musical Yards in Ikaria, while also doing many seminars upon invitation all over Greece and abroad.

In 2004, he released Taxidia (Wanderings), the first album under his own name, along with Dora Petridi. He also released To minima tou Prigkipa (The Message of the Prince), along with Christos Galanopoulos, and a self-titled album with the band Modal4 (with Thanos Gountanos, Pavlos Spyropoulos and Dimitris Tasoudis). He has also written music for theatre. His love for rebetiko lead both to a book titled To astiko laiko tragoudi stin Ellada tou Mesopolemou, published by Fagotto (in collaboration with Vassilis Vantarakis) and two albums: Apsilies, with Dimitris Mystakidis, Apostolos Tsardakas and Theodora Athanasiou, and Psithirizontas to rembetiko with Dimitris Mystakidis.

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