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The Fifth International Conference on

“Researching Rebetiko: Present Projects and Future Prospects”

 

“REBETIKO AND POLITICS,

AND THE POLITICS OF REBETIKO”

and

“HOMAGE TO MARKOS VAMVAKARIS”

Melina Mercouri Hall – Island of Hydra

Thursday 13 – Monday 17 October 2005

 

Conference Programme

 

The Conference will begin with registration on Thursday afternoon. It will end with a “farewell” session on Monday morning.

 

The official language of the Conference is English. In cases of necessity we shall make informal translation arrangements available.

 

The following schedule of speakers may be subject to changes according to circumstances.

 

Admission is free for residents of Hydra. Feel free to walk in and join us.

 

THURSDAY AFTERNOON 13 OCTOBER 2.00pm to 5.00pm

 

REGISTRATION: Registration is an informal affair. This will take place from 1.00pm onwards at the MELINA MERCOURI HALL at the harbourside. This is a large grey stone building, the last building on the right-hand side of the harbour as you walk towards the sea.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON 13 OCTOBER 2.00pm to 6.00pm

THURSDAY EVENING 13 OCTOBER 8.00pm till late

A Musical Session at one of the restaurants in town

FRIDAY MORNING 14 OCTOBER 10.00am to 12.30pm

NICOLAS TSIMBIDAS: "Rebetiko and Hip-Hop: A comparative analysis on subcultural formation" [Summary and CV]

ALBERTO NAR: “Jews and Rebetiko” – [paper presented posthumously] [Summary and CV]

GERHARD STEINGRESS [University of Seville]: "Hondura and Delirio. Lessons from the flamenco-rebetika meeting in Granada, June 2005" [Summary and CV]

SOUZANA RAPHAEL: A presentation of the violin in Smyrneika music

FRIDAY AFTERNOON 14 OCTOBER 2.00pm to 6.00pm

BÜLENT AKSOY [Istanbul]: “Music in Exile: Greek Rebetiko singers who sang in Turkish” [Recorded talk]

NIKOS POLITIS [Athens]: “A case of musical censorship involving Vamvakaris and Tsitsanis” [Summary and CV]

TONY KLEIN:  MORTIKA – Rare Vintage Recordings from a Greek Underworld” [Summary and CV]

HARIS SARRIS [University of Athens]: “The ‘Aegean sound’ of Markos Vamvakaris”

JASON MELISSINOS [Athens]: A presentation of Greek Shadow Theatre

FRIDAY EVENING 14 OCTOBER 8.00pm till 2.00am

A Musical Session at the “To Steki” restaurant. After 2.00am you are requested to move somewhere else.

SATURDAY MORNING 15 OCTOBER 10.00am to 12.30pm

MARTIN SCHWARTZ [University of California, Berkeley]: Greek Donkey Songs [Recorded talk]

RENA STAMOU: “Life and Times” of a Rebetiko singer.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 15 OCTOBER 2.00pm to 6.00pm

ED EMERY: Two Butcher’s Songs by Markos Vamvakaris. Also excerpts from the Markos Vamvakaris “Autobiography” (English translation)

ALI FUAT AYDIN and CENK GÜRAY [Izmir and Ankara]: Zeybek Music and Dance

MINI-CONCERT by ALI FUAT AYDIN and CENK GÜRAY

NEFIN DINC: Projection of her film “Rebetiko: A Song of Two Cities

SATURDAY NIGHT 15 OCTOBER 9.00pm to late

SATURDAY NIGHT REBETIKO DINNER AT THE “DOUSKOS” RESTAURANT

KYRIAKOS GOUVENTAS and Company:  A Saturday Night Concert of Smyrneika and Rebetiko music

Singer: AFENDOULA RAZZELI

Guest appearance by RENA STAMOU [singer] and PANAYIOTIS KATRANITSAS [bouzouki]

SUNDAY MORNING 16 OCTOBER 11.00am to 1.00pm

 

PAVLOS EREVNIDIS [Athens]: “Ottoman Music and Music in Greece”

KYRIAKOS GOUVENTAS [Thessaloniki]:  A Workshop on Greek Violin Playing

ED EMERY [Institute of Rebetology, London]: “Greeks and the Colorado (USA) miners’ strikes of 1912-13”

STELIOS VAMVAKARIS [Athens]: Presentation of the Markos Vamvakaris biography “The Holy Mangas” [Kaktos, 2005]

[This talk has been cancelled. Stelios Vamvakaris will not come to Hydra because, despite 12 months of protest, the Mayor of Hydra has still not paid the money which is owed for last year’s concert.]

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 16 OCTOBER 2.30pm onwards

Weather permitting, there will be a musical jam session at one of the cafes on the harbourside.

MONDAY MORNING 17 OCTOBER 10.00am to whenever

Farewell gathering at one of the cafes on the harbourside.

 

– Organised by the Institute of Rebetology, London –

 

With support from the Modern Greek Section of the University of Cambridge

the Mayor and Municipality of Hydra,

and Olympic Airlines

Special thanks to Anna Rousi and her colleagues in the Hydra Development Office,

without whose help this conference could never have started.

 

 

The Hydra Rebetiko Conference takes place as one of the activities of the FREE UNIVERSITY OF HYDRA.

 

¶ The FREE UNIVERSITY OF HYDRA is a conference-based organisation created
with the support of the Mayor and
Municipality of Hydra and dedicated to the study and research of all matters concerning the culture, economics, history and social life of all the countries which border the Mediterranean.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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