|2002 FESTIVAL OF GREEK MUSIC AND DANCE|
MUSIC AND DANCE FROM THE GREEK ISLES
Saturday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
Niles West High
Nikos Ekonomidis, violin / vocal
Antonis Koutsokeris, laouto
Giorgos Vasilopoulos, percussion (tubaki)
Kaiti Koulia, vocal
Kostas Papaprokopiou, laouto
Nikos Karatasos, santouri
Fragiskos Tziotakis, tsabouna
Thodoris Georgopoulos, souravli / klarino
Chrisoula Galathri, percussion (toubec)
Katerina Mitropoulou, vocal / oud
Ekonomidis is one of the most highly acclaimed violin players in Greece. He was born on
the island of Shinousa in the Kiklades to a musical family. His interest in music was
sparked by his grandfather and father, both well-known violinists. Ekonomidis
studied classical violin at the Athenian Odium under Ismini Carter-Chrysochoos and at the
National Odium with Kosta Setta. At the same time, he never ceased to research and
study the style of music that interested him the most, that is, traditional music.
He began his professional career at the age of 15 with Dora Stratou and involves himself
in the official registration of our national music, from Evros to Cyprus, in records and
films for the national TV network. He is engaged in teaching traditional music and
archiving traditional pieces like those included in the records "Perasma sta
Kythira" and "Sea Passages" containing songs executed by himself, along
with Mariza Koh and others.
Ekonomidis recorded and released two albums, "Arhondisa tou Limaniou" (Mistress of the Seaport) and "Choros sta kymata" (Dance in the Waves), and two others "Agapi kai Thalassa" (Love and Sea) and "Otan akoun to violi" (When I Listen to the Violin) with Eleni Lekaki, which were both very successful. Songs from those records, such as "Opa Opa" and "Gianda na min theleis gianda" became big hits throughout the country. He has participated in International Festivals and has contributed to the formation of traditional music bands such as "Keros" and "Akrites". He has worked with many great artists of traditional music (Chronis Aidonidis, Domna Samiou, etc.) as well as Mariza Koh, Haris Alexiou, Giorgos Dalaras at the Music Megaron of Athens and in concerts in Greece and abroad. Ekonomidis has taught traditional music at the University of Southern Maine as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the ministry of Aegean and U.S.M. He is currently preparing to release "Nissiotiki Zigia", a record with traditional songs from the western Cyclades and other neighboring regions. During the summers, he gives concerts accompanied by the music group "Keros". In 1998, Nikos Ekonomidis completed the research and registering of the musical tradition of the North and East Aegean, which he presented to the public in a record entitled "East of the Aegean" released by Verso. Recently, he completed the research and registering of the traditional music of Amorgos which is presented in the record "Passage to Amorgos", released by Keros Music. In his record we find remarkable artists such as Domna Samiou, Giasemi Saragoula, Popi Kovaiou and others.
Other sponsoring organizations:
Hellenic Museum, Hellenic Link, Hellenic Professional Society of Illinois, Athens-Chicago Sister City Committee
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