‘’This project is my attempt to unite two different parts of me that seem almost impossible nowadays to exist together: Traditional Greek and Eastern Mediterranean music and the Piano. PianOLAternA is the child of these two loves combination. It is also a path that brings me closer to answering the huge “Who am I?” question that worries all of us from our childhood until our death.’’
Banda Iovanica is a musical band that was born in Athens, 2016. It is an attempt to find the invisible musical thread which combines the music of early 20th century minor Asia composers, along with the rich musical traditions of Hungary, Romania and Russia. North Eastern Europe comes across with Balkans, Bosporus and multicultural m. Asia coasts and they altogether create a new, explosive mix. The key figure of this musical journey is the legendary violinist Iovanicas (Yangos Alexiou), a face lost in the shadows of history. Places of action of Iovanicas were Lesvos, Smyrna, black sea coasts, Istanbul, Kostantza, Braila, Bucharest… Poverty, War, Love, Terror, Journey ... the Music
East meets West. Music could never be “captured”, could never stay still or be discovered once and for all. So “Mpam” it hit them… Three friends got together driven by their experimental mood. Recovering precious traditional tunes and covering them in a fresh and playful way. Mixing and matching the past with today.
Charis Tsalpara was born in Athens, Greece. She has studied classical piano, classical music Theory, Harmony and Countepoint. She has also a degree from the NKUA, Faculty of Music Studies. She firstly got involved with traditional music and rebetiko in 2007 as a singer, and some years later (2013) started playing accordion. She is a professional musician since 2011, and works with many different projects and people, in taverns, bars, theatres, concerts, and many other events.
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