On January 19th, Saturday, at the central square of Kalamata, the group Arteteka presents the Abbal Quintet,

A musical journey through the traditional music of Italy and the southern Mediterranean, and anywhere the heart moves.

A repertoire with no age, made of songs, dances and serenades!

Drinking and dancing music all night long, starting from Naples through Puglia, Sicily, North Africa and Middle East, with neo-folk influences and jazz. Naples through PugliaSicilyNorth Africa and Middle East, with neo-folk influences and jazz.

Using the instruments of the tradition, furious rhythms and voices from the bottom of the soul will bring the public into the "magic circle", symbol of union, representation of the infinite present, space of trance, matter and spirit: circle of life..
ABBAL (in Neapolitan: dance!)

Thibaut Preciat(FR): Accordion, percussion, vocals
Pol Seif(LB): Vocals tzouras, clarinet, percussion
AkramChaib (AL/JAM): Clarinet
Deborah Luca (FR/IT): Violin, vocals
Francesco Quartuccio (IT): Vocals, percussion, acc. diatonic

ABBAL will perform again, on Sunday, January 27th, right after the closing ceremony, at “Theodoros Aggelopoulos” auditorium.

Jazz concert by Arionas Gyftakis Quartet

After the opening ceremony, on Friday 18 January, and after the screening of "Queen Mimi" documentary by Yavin Rokah, a jazz concert will take place by the Arionas Gyftakis quartet -a jazz quartet which deals with the impressionistic kind of jazz. The quartet: Tzortzis Tsiropoulos (saxophone), Tryfon Typou (piano), Anastasios Goyliaris (drums) and Arion Gyftakis (bass).

ARION GYFTAKIS
Arionas Gyftakis was born in Kalamata in 1995. At the age of seven he started violin lessons in the Municipal Conservatory in Kalamata.After four years, he started electric bass lessons with Nikos Tsotra and Harry Charalampous.His great interest for jazz music led him to start bass courses so, at the age of 14 he started jazz bass with Sylvios Syrros.During these four years he also studied jazz harmony, improvisation and workshops.The last two years he had also studied classical bass with Takis Kappogianni. In May 2013 ,he gave exams in Berklee College of Music,where he won the Full Presidential Scholarship.
Since September 2013 he has been studying in Boston at Berklee College of Music, where he follows lessons with Eddie Gomez and Hal Crook.

Cultural Centre of Kalamata (33, Aristomenous str)

Exhibition Opening: Friday 18 January, 6 p.m.

Exhibition curator: Artistic group "Kallitexniko Steki"

Twenty Greek artists responded to the call of the 5th Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival and the artistic group of Kalamata by the name “Kallitexniko Steki”, and created works made of clay, gypsum and other materials, based on gender equality, the festival’s main tribute of this year.
Artists from Patra, Thessaloniki, Athens and Kalamata, approached the topic each in their own unique way, through abstract or figurative depiction, thus highlighting concepts, values and balances

Participants: 

Keramists: Ilias Christopoulos, Charoula Koropouli, Vasilis Anastasopoulos, Vasilis Papaioannou, Eleni Nikolopoulou - Marinaki, Zoe Likourioti, Panayotis Kyriakakis, Aris Stasinakis Marilena Michopoulou, Magy Ioannou, Mirka Drapaniotou, Gogo Papavasileiou Maria Papavasileiou, Tasia Sempsi, Dora Morfi, Vaggelis Skondras, Marilena Livieratou, Mania Aggelou.

Sculptors: Giannis Maltezos, Maria Koutsodimitropoulou

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