AKTINA Productions, will be hosting a concert of its Greek Music Journey series on April 20 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, in Manhattan.
Entitled ‘The Magic of Bouzouki and An Ode To Greek Song’, the concert will celebrate the everlasting appeal of Rembetika (Greek blues), Laika (popular folk), as well as songs by great Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis (Zorba the Greek), Stavros Xarhakos (Rembetiko) and others.
Four talented musicians and singers from Greece’s new generation will perform songs that are in the heart of every Greek. Bouzouki soloist Andreas Karantinis, renowned guitarist/composer Manolis Androulidakis and his band, and singers Vassiliki Stefanou and Aris Kampanos will transport the New York audience to a night in Greece.
Andreas Karantinis and Manolis Androulidakis are not new in the Greek Music Journey series. Karantinis’ bouzouki solo from the 2013 Greek Music Journey accompanied by Manolis Androulidakis on guitar and Andreas Sikkis on percussion has reached almost two million views online and it is considered one of the most popular bouzouki solos on YouTube.
As a guitarist, Manolis Androulidakis has recorded with almost all of the leading stars in Greece and has given hundreds of concerts throughout the country and abroad. Vassiliki Stefanou is a promising upcoming recording artist, while Aris Kampanos was the winner of The Voice television show in Greece in 2015. Both have given hundreds of live performances in Greece.
AKTINA Productions celebrates 25 years
Referring to the upcoming concert, the president of AKTINA and the concert’s executive producer, Elena Maroulleti stressed that, “this year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of both AKTINA Productions, Inc., and of AKTINA FM Radio.
“On this auspicious occasion, we have decided to celebrate with a very unique musical performance that will highlight exceptional and representative songs which also comprise AKTINA FM’s musical identity.
“We have selected some of the finest and most talented musicians from the new generation to participate who promise an unforgettable performance.”
AKTINA Productions, Inc., is a non-profit arts and media organization founded in February of 1993 by Elena Maroulleti, an established reporter and radio/TV producer.
The mission of AKTINA is “to promote and preserve through radio, television and live performances the rich culture, heritage, folklore and musical inheritance of Greece and Cyprus in America”.
The Magic of Bouzouki and An Ode To Greek Song will take place at Hunter College on 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in Manhattan, Ν.Υ. on Friday, April 20 at 8.30 p.m.