Yannis Pantazis and his workshop The workshop is like a micro cosmos of our planet: All the elements of nature exist in the workshop to serve a purpose … What purpose? To create … The need for creation gives birth to all that we confront and admire. The natural splendour … This universal macrocosm fits into a small workshop. All the elements of the Earth are present.. Water, Air and Earth materials and FIRE!Read more »
In 2011, we were presented with a remarkable opportunity to take on the interior restoration of a 13th century Venetian tower in the crumbling castle of Akrotiri, Santorini. Our idea was to create a workshop, exhibition and performance space to showcase our beloved instrument – the Greek bagpipe – the tsabouna. A year later, we managed to do just that. In the tower’s main chamber we created a unique exhibition of Greek bagpipes that highlighted the skilled craftsmanship of makers from Santorini and the Aegean region.Read more »
The Definition of Ecstatic Methexis A great artist of folk tradition, where his tsambouna entertained generations and generations in the Cyclades, left for the neighbourhood of Angels. Dimitris Koukas, known as "Stravalogas" (which means in "Cock-Eyed Horse" due to the arrangement of his eyes and his physique) or "Pappous" or ‘‘Barbas’’ will remain engraved in the pages of traditional music history of Greece as a prominent and emblematic figure in the large family of tsambouna players.Read more »
Part 1: Ruminating Mythology “Myths speak of human destiny in its essential prism"1 This study focuses on the transcendental symbolism of the Askos (From ancient Greek ἀσκός bag, wineskin), as it was understood and constructed through the process of “symbolism” in the meditation of the ancient religious person in Greece from the Bronze Age to the present day. This presentation is a summary of the data drawn both from distinguished scholars of the ancient world and its mythology, as well as through the texts of the Greek literature through, in an attempt to illustrate to a certain extent, unknown aspects of its character and the Dionysian religion with which it is intertwined, because the “monstrous and unnatural character of the myths motivates the listeners in the search for the truth, the apparent teratology becomes the beginning in the search for the research” (Proklus)Read more »
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