…Even our heart suffers and pains
is fully occupied and “drifted” by love
and with bouzouki and guitars
sings softly and sweet like a bird…

Postpone and transfer the rebetiko seminar for the summer of 2021

Dear friends,
The organizers of the 12th International Seminar-Meeting on Rebetiko in Skyros in collaboration with the PEAP of the Municipality of Skyros and the Ethnological and Folklore Museum “Manos and Anastasia Faltaits” decided, with a high sense of responsibility, to postpone and transfer the seminar for the summer of 2021 due to the health crisis caused by the pandemic of SARS-cov-2. The seminar all these years is a magical week which travel us, friends from Greece, Europe etc., in musical paths of rebetiko. All together enjoy the music we love during the sunny mornings in the lessons, the afternoons’ speeches and the evenings in the hospitable taverns of the island. After the announcement of the recent precaution measures on 28/4/2020, by the Prime Minister of Greece, the clarifications of the competent Ministers and the suggestions of the scientific committee we estimate that under these conditions it is not possible to maintain the “spirit” of our seminar-meeting for this summer. In addition, must be protected the health of participants, the local community of Skyros which has so far effectively protected the island and of course must be maintained the relatively good health situation of the country. Finally, the inability to determine the end of the ban on air travelling, hotels operation and sea transportation to the islands do not guarantee a safe planning of participants and their friendly environment. In this difficult period, our primary obligation is to protect our health, so that to get back our lives and to return to our previous normal way of life. We look forward to hearing from you and we are at your disposal for any information you want. Let’s be all healthy and the summer 2021 for one more time to shake hands, hug and kiss each other, play and sing rebetiko, our wonderful music.
George Makris and Spiros Goumas.

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Proceedings of the rebetiko seminar-meetings in Skyros

Proceedings of the rebetiko seminar-meetings in Skyros are posted on the website of the seminar. Among others you can find a historical and sociological approach of the development of rebetiko song, the names of the musical scales (dromoi) in rebetika, historical references to the life and work of great composers, singers and skilled players of rebetiko (Thanasis Manetas, Costas Bezos (A. Kostis), Marika Papagika, Panagiotis Tountas, George Mitsakis, Giannis Papaioannou, Costas Kaplanis), even for not famous but not less important musicians of the interwar period (Kostas Faltaits, Grigoris Asikis, Dimitris Atraidis, Giakoumis Montanaris, Costas Tzovenos, Stavros Pantelidis) but also personal information for the not famous Urban musicians.
Historical data for Mortes, Koutsavakia and Magkes. You can also find Fado and rebetiko social relationships, an interesting approach titled “women in rebetiko” by the rebetiko researcher Gail Holst-Warhaft, an approach to the dances of 9, information about the flowering of rebetiko in Piraeus, the imprints of rebetiko in the neighborhoods of Piraeus, the growth of rebetiko in Thessaloniki and of course the rebetiko in Finland as well as personal revelations how the rebetiko touches our soul.