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Socrates Sinopoulos & Yannis Kyrimkyridis

Béla Bartók, the primitive lyre and the piano












Socrates Sinopoulos Lyre

Yannis KyrimkyridisPiano

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Socrates Sinopoulos, one of the most important Greek musicians with international recognition, has identified his name with the lyre of Constantinople (Constantinople lyra) because the revival of this musical instrument in recent decades in the Greek music scene is mainly due to him. As he points out: “I felt the need to transcend the stylistic limitations of the Constantinople lyra and to incorporate techniques from other types of lyre in my playing, in an attempt to approach more philosophically the common ancestor of all types of lyre, the Byzantine lyre of the 10th century. This experimentation was completely effortless, it came about as a natural necessity, because I had already assimilated a large part of the repertoire of Greek and related musical traditions from a young age, thanks to my teachers Yannis Tsiamoulis, Ross Daly and Domna Samiou.

The new ways of interpreting the lyre introduced by Socrates Sinopoulos led to the creation of new compositions for lyre and piano trio (piano, bass, drums) inspired by Greek musical traditions and especially by the traditions of the lyre. These compositions were recorded in 2015 by Socrates Sinopoulos’ quartet with ManfredEicher as producer and released by ECM Records under the title EightWinds, followed in 2019 by the second album, Metamodal. Both albums received excellent reviews internationally.

Yannis Kyrimkyridis is one of the country’s most important pianists with significant collaborations with musicians in Greece and abroad and a member of the Socrates Sinopoulos Quartet. His piano performances stand out for their sensitivity and combine local musical styles with classical and jazz piano, leading to a highly original result.

Yannis and Socrates, through their collaboration in recent years, have created a common code of communication based on their shared aesthetic for the re-approach of Greek and world musical traditions. Their duo is characterized by both a rare and innovative combination of musical instruments and a creative combination of different musical cultures.

On the occasion of the two musicians’ love for the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945), the lyre – piano duo revisits one of Bartóks most famous works – the Romanian Dances and presents its 6 movements, with a completely new perspective based on 2 axes: The adaptation of Romanian dances to the specific technique of the lyre and the creation of improvisational compositions based on each part of the work in real time.

The concert will also feature new compositions by the two musicians.


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