Exploring Greek Music: The Bouzouki and Beyond

What’s it all about?

Rebetika is the name of a form and style of music which heavily influenced what we now recognise as Greek popular music.


It evolved in the early 20thC  in the urban ghettos of Athens as the music of the poor (and the underworld). Sometimes described as the ‘Greek blues’ for its themes of love, despair, poverty, drug use and social comment it was popularised through the film ‘Zorba the Greek’ and the music of Mikis Theodorakis.  It is universally recognised today.

Image illustrated by Dimitra Tzanos under Creative Commons Licence.

What will we cover?

‘The Greek Connection’ will demonstrate the unique features of this musical style from its characteristic scales to its complex rhythms and instrumentation.

The influence of the bouzouki as a solo instrument with vocals, over a backing of guitar and piano-accordion will demonstrate the development of the style.

Who will be teaching?

‘The Greek Connection’ is Ilias Maniatakis (bouzouki and vocals), John Hughson (guitar) and Sue Buchan (piano accordion).

Ilias with his Greek heritage, virtuosic skill on bouzouki and voice leads this group which is well-known at multi-cultural festivals and Greek functions locally.  Sue is a skilled music teacher and pianist and John plays jazz guitar when he is not embracing some family roots through Greek music.

Any questions?

Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions about the class.

Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

March 30, 2017 at 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Beav's Lounge Bar, Geelong
77 Little Malop St
Geelong, VIC 3220
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