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Project Πatriδa

ANCIENT ROOTS IN MODERN VIEW

20

Nov

Regular

8,00€

Student

2,00€

Date

20.11.2022

Time

21:00

Musicians

Sofia YoldasiMusical director

Dimitra Athanasatou

Eleni Demopoulou

Athanasia Thomopoulou

Ria Karamatsouki

Eva Karkafiri

Maria Kondylidou

Pandora Liassopoulou

Eleni Manda

Penelope Broomhead-Petromelidou

Maria Svarnas

Ruth-Jennifer Sutton

Kallipateira Hatzikalimeri

Lia Hatzopoulou

Elena Tzika

Nikoleta Tsigourova

Pelagia Hatzinikita

Nikos Zafranas Piano

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A few words

The roots of Greece are deep. They are lost in the depths of the earth like the roots of centuries-old trees, rough and steadfast. The roots of Music are just as deep, as ancient as Greece, yet it has always connected the earth to the sky. The earthly with the divine, the mortal with the immortal….

Project Patrida is an attempt to explore and redefine the elements of Greekness in music, through the prism of contemporary vocal techniques for a choir of similar voices. 

The female vocal ensemble “Voci Contra Tempo” from Thessaloniki seeks a contemporary identity of Greek choral music, in original choral treatments, and searches for its roots in the music of ancient Greece, in the late Byzantine years, in traditional singing, as well as in the peak of all this musical wealth, as it was revealed to us in the 20th century, through the music of Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. 

The roots of our trees are united underground with the neighbouring countries, just as our music is united with the traditions of the other peoples we surround. That is why the musical programme of the concert, apart from a timeless approach to Greek music, seeks – to a lesser extent – to highlight the relationship between Greek music and the music of the countries bordering it. 

Religious and secular songs, songs about the joy of life, the beauty of nature, love and death. Lyrics carved on stone, calligraphed with a pen on papyrus… for 2500 years! 

 

Voci Contra Tempo

The Women’s Vocal Ensemble Voci Contra Tempo debuted in 2017 and very soon became one of the leading and most active choirs in Greece, with collaborations within and outside of Greece (National Opera, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Preveza International Choir Festival, etc.). In Greece they have performed in Thessaloniki, Athens, Ioannina, Preveza, Trikala, Larissa and Serres.

In 2021 they participated – upon invitation – in two of the biggest international choral festivals in Italy, the Guido d’Arezzo and the Incontro Internazionale Polifonico Città di Fano, receiving great reviews. Among the aims of the ensemble is the promotion of works for women’s choir with an emphasis on the musical creation of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, as well as on the first performances of contemporary choral works by Greek and foreign composers. Their repertoire also includes other musical genres, such as jazz or the traditional songs of various cultures. Participation in the ensemble requires either a long time involvement with the vocals or many years of choral experience.

Voci Contra Tempo is an ensemble in residence of the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and will develop a rich educational work for conductors and composers.

The artistic curator and director of the ensemble is Sofia Yoldasi.

 

SOFIA YOLDASI

Studied Choir Conducting at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is also an honours graduate in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Music Pedagogy/Musicology from the T.M.S. of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. For more than 10 years she has worked with all types of choirs: children’s, youth, adult and mixed choirs, amateur and professional, with remarkable success.

As conductor of the Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor Children’s Choir she performed in the most important concert halls in the Netherlands, won a Silver Prize at the International Cantemus Competition, recorded for Dutch Radio-Television, for Deutsche Grammophon, and had the honour to conduct the swearing-in of the King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander, which was watched live by millions of people all over the world.

Sophia is often invited to teach masterclasses, seminars and workshops in Greece, Turkey, Italy & the Netherlands. She frequently collaborates with institutions such as Europa Cantat, Feniarco, Leading Voices Utrecht, Hacettepe University (Turkey), National Lyric Opera, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Thessaloniki Concert Hall Orchestra, etc. In September 2022 she made her debut conducting the historic ERT Choir, receiving excellent reviews.

She is the conductor of the Choirs of the Thessaloniki State Conservatory and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble “Voci Contra Tempo”. She also teaches Choir Conducting at the Melodia Conservatory of Kalamaria.

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