Athens World Music Festival 2013
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«Technopolis – City of Athens” proudly announces that for the 2nd consecutive year it is organizing the «Athens World Music Festival». This year, the festival has the distinctive thematic title “P.I.I.G.S.” since it is dedicated to the rich music tradition of the 5 European countries that were hit the hardest from the recent economic crisis (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain).The “P.I.I.G.S.” will have the opportunity to show the world that their culture and music is a fundamental pillar of the both the European and the global music and cultural heritage.

This year’s lineup includes: Portugal (Andre Maia BandCristina Branco), Italy (Encardia, Nueva Compania di Canto Popolare), Ireland (Realta, Altan), Greece (Κρίστη Στασινοπούλου & Στάθης Καλυβιώτης “Greekadelia”Μαριώ ), Spain (Xarnege, Lenacay).

Art direction: Marios Strofalis

Tickets: day ticket 10€, 5-day ticket 25€

Starting time: 21.00
«Technopolis» City of Athens: 100 Pireos str., Gazi, 210 3475518, 210 3453548,

Metro: “Kerameikos” station (blue line), Trolley bus: 21 (from Omonia square), stop “Fotaerio”, Buses: 049, 815, 838, 914, Β18, Γ18, stop “Fotaerio”

Detailed schedule of performances:

  • Monday, July 15 – Portugal
Andre Maia Band
The Andre Maia Band adapts and plays Fados and music from Portugal. The Fado is the expression of the Portuguese soul. The mystery and melancholic feeling of this unique kind of song, born in Lisbon (Portugal), makes Fado a prominent representative of ‘World Music’.
The members of the band: André Maia: vocals, Effie Zaitidou: kanun, Xenia Tseliga: bayan (orchestra accordion), Aléxandros Kapsokavádis: acoustic guitar / lute, Costas Stavrópoulos: contrabass.

Cristina Branco 

Cristina Branco’s voice is a nomad. As soon as it feels that things are getting too comfortable, it sets off in search of a new resting-place, a new skin, and by new skin, I mean new settings, new musical meanings, new challenges.  The quest for new musical horizons seems to be the ‘heart’ of Cristina Branco’s career.

This restlessness and quest for new musical paths has been there right from the start of her career: it was there in Ulisses[Ulysses], in Abril  [April], in Não há só tangos em Paris [There’s More to Paris than Tangos], and here it is again in Alegria[Joy]. Cristina Branco calls it ‘the adrenaline of being alive’.
Alegria is not an album about hope, but nor does it deny that hope can exist.

  • Tuesday July 16 – Italy
EncardiaEncardia, this unique and very attractive music ensemble, has become one of the most acclaimed and endorsed, in Greece and abroad, Greek groups playing world music. Inspired by and dedicated to the energetic, rich musical tradition of Southern Italy they take audiences on a music journey to the distant villages of Calabria, to the beautiful regions of Salento and to all those places where they still speak Grecanica and other local dialects. The main characteristic of the group is the unique connection they share with their audiences. The group came together in 2004 and has performed for more than 500 live concerts all over  Greece and Italy especially, as well as in France, Germany, Algeria, Switzerland and Cyprus. The group has released 5 very successful albums.
In March 2012, director Aggelos Kovotsis presented a film entitled “Encardia, the dancing stone”, produced by G. Poulides.  The film follows the group on its tour of the Greek-speaking villages in Southern Italy, and won the Audience Award at the 14thThessaloniki Documentary Festival.  It has been showing in Greek cinemas since November 2012 and has participated in many international festivals

Nueva Compania di Canto Popolare 

“Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare” was formed in 1970 with the aim of promoting the traditions of the people of Campania (the Southern Italian region of which Naples is the capital). The extraordinary success gained at the Spoleto Festival in both 1972 and 1974 marks their launch on the international stage. Since then the NCCP frequently participated in all the most important festivals within and outside Europe. These include Edinburgh, Helsinki, Berlin (Festwochen), Théatre des Nations (Caracas 1977, Hamburg 1979), Buenos Aires (Coliseum), Festival of the Fiandres, Zurich, Salzburg (Mozarteum), Paris (Théatre de la Ville), Athens, Israel, Spoleto (USA), Sydney (Opera House), Hong Kong, Singapore, Schwetzingen Festspiele (1990),Tokyo (Sogetsu Hall), Koln (Opera), Sao Paulo(Sesc Pompeia 2001), Sofia (Sala Bulgaria 2001), Beograd (Kolarca 2002), London (Riverside Studios) Munich (Herculees Saal) and many others.
2013 begins with some great gigs around the world, two shows at the International Music Festival held in Cartagéna (Colombia) which see the band playing in front of 3,000 people and also streamed live on national TV. Then back to Europe, Luxembourg, Germany and Italy for a summer tour in all major cities.

  • Wedneday July 17 – Ireland
Réalta take a lively, exciting and respectful approach to Irish traditional music. Reared on a staple diet of The Bothy Band, Planxty and other such classics, this Belfast based band captures the timeless aspects of the tradition and gently infuses them with elements from other musical genres.Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar and bodhrán (traditional drum) this multi-instrumentalist trio present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. A youthful curiosity is evident in the musical arrangement and is paired with a strict attention to detail in its execution.
As a live band, Réalta delight audiences with the enthusiasm, energy and passion they bring to their music.
Réalta’s debut album ‘Open The Door For Three’ was released in September 2012.


The traditional folk bank Altan has been instrumental in revitalizing Irish music both in their country and abroad. Renowned for its dynamic twin fiddling and haunting renditions of old Gaelic songs in the sean nos unaccompanied style, Altan specializes in tunes in the powerful Donegal style that is marked by a strong Scottish influence.

Mairead’s father, Francie Mooney, was a leading figure in preserving and promoting Donegal fiddle music, which Mairead and the rest of Altan have helped popularize around the world.  The traditional sounds of Donegal have a distinctive Scots flavor, the result of both Donegal and Scots workers historically migrating back and forth and intermingling musically.  The quick, single-stroke bowing and staccato triplets favored by Donegal fiddlers lie at the heart of the propulsive twin fiddling by Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Ciaran Tourish.  That core Altan sound, in turn, is enhanced by the accordion playing of Dermot Byrne and the dynamic rhythm accompaniment of Ciaran Curran, and Daithi Sproule.

  • Thursday July 18 – Greece
Kristi Stasinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis “Greekadelia”Kristi Stasinopoulou: vocals, bentir, Indian keyboards
Stathis Kalyviotis: lute, live looping, electronics, vocals

Ms. Kristi Stasinopoulou is a singer – songwriter who has followed her own, independent path in the Greek music scene for many years.  Mr. Stathis Kalyviotis is a music composer, orchestrator and multi-instrument player.  Together they have released 5 music albums that were widely acclaimed abroad.  They have performed, together with their band, in many major international music festivals in Europe, the USA, Canada, Brazil, etc. In most of these festivals they were the only representatives of Greek music, language and culture.

In June 2012, the British label Riverboat Records from the World Music Network released their 5th album, entitled ‘Greekadelia’, which includes adaptations of folk songs from various regions of Greece.  Greekadelia held the No. 1 spot in the World Music Charts Europe for two months straight (August and September 2012). Moreover, it has received great reviews from newspapers, such as the Guardian, the Independent and the Financial Times, as well as renowned music magazines, such as Folk Roots, Songlines, etc.

Kristi & Stathis will play songs from their last album Greekadelia, which includes electronic-acoustic adaptations of traditional Greek folk songs, as well as songs from their older albums, YfantokosmosHhotropiaΤa Mystika ton Vrahon andΤaxidoskopio.


Born in the village of Rosiko, Thessaloniki, Mario is one of the most representative singers of Greek rebetika and laika (urban folk music) songs.  Her mother, who was born in Farasa, Cappadocia (the main village in SE Cappadocia, located in the Taurus mountain range), came to Greece as a refugee in 1923 and settled in Platy, Imathia.  Her father comes from the village of Korinos in Katerini.

Mario was introduced to music from the early age of 13, when she started playing the accordion next to her father, also a musician. Since then, she has dedicated her life to music and singing with great consistency and passion, and has performed next to some of the most famous rebetiko and laiko singers.  She has toured extensively in most Greek cities, as well as in Europe and the USA. Her deeply touching, full of emotion and passion, voice makes Mario one of the last original representatives, almost an icon, of a music genre that draws upon human emotion and experiences and despises fake representations.

She started her career singing the songs of Derveniotis and Virvos.  She had the honor of singing along the legendary Markos Vamvakaris in 1967.  For many years she performed in Thessaloniki together with the renowned rebetes Hondronakos and Migos.

In 2009, the cd album «Mario – 50 years» was releasedIt contains live recordings of some the most characteristic rebetikosongs performed by Mario over her long career. Amongst other great songs, this great album contains the rebetika songs of Thessaloniki (“O Prasinos o Mylos”, “O Magas Xehorizei”, “Triti – Pempti Makaronia”), great rebetika songs written by the legendary Vassilis Tsitsanis (“San Apokliros”, “Apopse stis akrogialies”), as well as underground songs such as “Thee mou Megalodyname”.

  • Friday July 19 – Spain


Xarnege, or Sharnègo, is a Gascon word which refers to villages on the Gascony and
Basque border in which people express themselves in both Basque and Gascon. And so the musical project of Xarnege includes many of the abundant elements common to
both cultures.
Gascon musicians Joan Baudoin (VERD E BLU, UN PAS UN SAUT), Lucia Longué (PAKOPOLEN,DUS MOTS DE LETRAS, BAAL) and Simon Guillaumin (PAKOPOLEN,PASS’AIRES, ROCK’N’TRAD, PARAULAS DE BAL, BAAL) join forces with Basque musicians Juan Ezeiza (GANBARA, EURITAN BLAI, LANTZ) and Josean Martin Zarko (GANBARA, ALBOKA, EURITAN BLAI, LANTZ) to create this excellent music ensemble that attempts the fusion and rediscovery of the traditional music from their homelands, the Gascony and the Basque Country.
Traditional music from both sides of the western Pyrenees, from Bearn, Navarra and
The Basque Country form Xarnege’s repertoire of songs, dances and tunes. Gascony
and The Basque Country share, apart from geographical proximity, an infinity of
common cultural traits. Music is one of them.
In this way one can say that the branles, gavottes, jauzis, segidas, polkas, rondeus,
mutchikoak and waltzes interpreted in such an intimate way are one expression of two
peoples with different ways to comunícate and whose relationship is not widely known to the public. Versions of the same tunes are played differently, with different
instruments, in a different language and with different dance steps; but the spirit is the


Lenacay presents RYMA, their first album and the starting point of this adventure.
A piece that can be defined as a musical cruise without limits, from the roots of flamenco to unexplored horizons.

This is an experimental project between flamenco and different languages of musical expression, with some experimental electronic content.  It transmits an innovative proposal for an unforgettable journey of the senses. The name of this amazing band, comes from the union of two words in Romanichel, the dialect of Spanish Gypsies:
LEN: represents the course of life
ACAY: look

Combining these two words, we get a wide meaning, representing the most
Musical and natural sides of life:  A LOOK AT THE COURSE OF LIFE
(Meaning continuous learning)

An innovating journey through time that fuses flamenco roots on sequenced beats, rumba melodies, funky bass lines and Flamenco dance.

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