‘From Tsitsanis To Theodorakis’: Babis Tsertos’ Band to Perform in New York

AKTINA’s GMJ 2016 Babis Tsertos Awards With Council Member Costa Constantinides and Elena Maroulleti

Lovers of Greek music in New York City will be treated to an exceptional concert from AKTINA’s acclaimed series, Greek Music Journey 2018, featuring renowned Greek singer Babis Tsertos and his band performing. The performance will take place on Friday, November 2 at 8:30 pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in Manhattan.

Produced by Elena Maroulleti and co-presented by the non-profit organizations AKTINA Productions, Inc., and CYPRECO Of America, Inc., this performance, subtitled “From Tsitsanis to Theodorakis,” will revive the emblematic rembetika (Greek blues) of Vasilis Tsitsanis and the great laika (popular folk) of Mikis Theodorakis.

Vassilis Tsitsanis and Mikis Theodorakis

Tickets are available exclusively from the organizers and can be purchased online at www.aktinafm.com or by calling 718-545-1151. The Babis Tsertos band is comprised of Kostas Zaridakis on bouzouki, Kyriakos Gouventas on violin and baglama, Giannis Tsertos on piano, Kostas Tsekouras on guitar, and Sofia Mermigka performing vocals and kanonaki.

Referring to the upcoming performance, Elena Maroulleti, the concert’s executive producer, stated that, “Babis Tsertos who captivated the audience during our sold out concert in November 2016 returns to New York for yet another captivating performance that pays tribute to two exceptional and world renowned songwriters of Greece, the great legends, Vasilis Tsitsanis and Mikis Theodorakis.”

“Both Tsitsanis and Theodorakis have written their own unique history in Greek music with immense contributions which stand out to this day,” continued Marouletti. “We feel exceptionally honored to host once again Babis Tsertos and his distinguished musicians and we promise to all of our fans and friends a memorable evening filled with the most loved songs.”

Babis Tsertos made his debut performance in the United States two years ago again at the invitation of AKTINA during the Greek Music Journey 2016. The sold out concert, which captivated the audience, paid tribute to “The Great Rembetika of Greece.” On the occasion of his 2016 performance Babis Tsertos was honored with a Citation by Council Member Costa Constantinides, and also with “AKTINA’s Distinguished Artist Award.”

The Kaye Playhouse is located on the campus of Hunter College, at East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in Manhattan.

Greek Music Journey 2018 is made possible in part by The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Investors Bank, AMMOS Estiatorio, and Bayside Diner.