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Kanun - Sofia Labropoulou
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July 8-13 (4 hours in the afternoon on 8-9-10-11-12/7 and 2 hours in the morning on 13/7)

This workshop is going to focus on the kanun technique through a repertoire of the wider Minor Asia area and compositions from Smyrna.

The kanun is an instrument which offers special and rich possibilities as a means of artistic expression. It is mostly found in the music tradition of the Mediterranean basin, a region whose cultural identity is an amalgam of its multicultural influences - Arab, Persian, Turkish, Greek and Balkan music traditions have all contributed to its distinct character.

The workshop is going to cover the particular music references of the instrument, as well as to provide examples of enrichment of the repertoire by kindred music traditions which maintain a timeless interactive relation with our own.

Biography

Sofia Labropoulou' s distinct sound and musical expression can build a bridge between folk, classical Ottoman and western Medieval music. She is a distinguished kanun player and composer based in Budapest. Sofia' s most influential period has always been her studies and experiences in Istanbul (2003 - 2006) next to leading exponents of the instrument such as Ahmet Meter. Awarded with a diploma in Byzantine music, she studied the piano, classical and folk percussion in Greece. As a soloist she has collaborated with some of the most prominent folk and contemporary musicians, actors, directors, composers and ensembles from the Greek and the world music scene, worldwide, such as John Psathas, Márta Sebestyén, Robyn Schulkowsky, Kalman Balogh, Dominique Vellard, Ross Daly, Ballake Sissoko, Efren Lopez, Niyazi Sayin, Omer Erdogdular, Derya Turkan, Andrea Segre, Luca Bigazzi, Giorgos Trandalidis, Karolos Voutsinas, Orestis Karamanlis and Lost Bodies.

 

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