Three Greek musicians

The Traditional Music Department offers opportunities to learn about and enjoy Hellenic musical culture, from instruction and workshops to concerts and performances. The department is chaired by Sandy Theodorou, a vocalist, accordionist, and laouto player who specializes in traditional Greek regional music and Greek urban rebetika.

In 2018, the department will launch the inaugural Boston Lykeion Ellinidon Participatory Courses in Greek Traditional Music, with the support of Dr. Pantel Vokonas. Participants will learn about traditional Greek music from master level instructors in six weekly two-hour sessions. Courses will include lectures by the instructors and a participatory segment in which students may choose to play or sing sample selections representative of the theme of the course.

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Participatory Courses in Traditional Greek Music

Feb. 12-Mar. 19, 2018: The Music of Greece: From Homer to Xenakis

Instructor: Lefteris Kordis, DMA, associate professor, Berklee College of Music

This course focuses on selected topics in the music of Greece from the 3rd century C.E. to the 1970s. Taking into account the historical circumstances at the time, we will investigate the ways in which Byzantine and Acritic music and neighboring music traditions laid the foundation for the development of Demotic music (island and mainland), the music of the Cretan Renaissance, and other significant genres, such as Asia Minor (smyrneika, politika), rebetika, laika, entehna and political activist songs. Over the course of six weeks, participants will participate in listening to, analyzing, and playing or singing three selections representative of the themes covered. (Participants may choose their level of participation, whether that is by playing their own instrument, singing, or simply listening.)

The course will meet on Monday evenings at 6:30 at the Maliotis Cutural Center (February 12, 19, 26, and March 5, 12, 19.)

Please use the link below to register at the special early bird rate of $120 for the full course of six sessions. (The price will increase on February 5th, so we encourage you to register soon!)


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If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check payable to the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon to P.O. Box 653, Northborough, MA 01532 and include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Full refunds will be available until 1 week before the first class begins. The Boston Lykeion Ellinidon reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient registration. If we cancel a class due to low enrollment or other reasons, you will be notified by email and/or phone before the class start date, and you will receive a full refund. Please e-mail us with any questions.

About the instructor:

Pianist, composer, and Inner Circle Music recording artist Lefteris Kordis has established himself as a unique voice in the Mediterranean Jazz idiom. He grew up in a multicultural environment in Elefsis, an ancient town near Athens, Greece. Since the age of four, he has studied, performed, and composed based on a wide spectrum of genres including Greek folk, Byzantine chant, Western classical, jazz, and modernist/avant-garde.

He graduated from the Music Gymnasium and Lyceum of Pallini, the National Conservatory of Athens, the Ionian University, and pursued a doctorate and a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory on Fulbright and Onassis grants. He has performed in major international venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Panama Jazz Festival, Corfu Jazz World, and Toronto Jazz Festival with music legends Mikis Theodorakis, Glykeria, Vasilis Saleas, Steve Lacy, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, and Robin Eubanks, among others.

Lefteris is currently an associate professor at Berklee College of Music and the Global Jazz Institute, teaching alongside John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Joe Lovano. He is the co-director – along with Dimos Dimitriadis, head of the jazz program at the Ionian University – of the “Aqua Jazz,” an educational and performance program that builds bridges between folk musicians and jazz improvisers in Greece and the East Mediterranean region. Lefteris has recorded six albums as a leader and has recorded in numerous others as a sideman.

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