The Greek Rebetiko Trio performs authentic Greek folk music in the idioms of “Rebetiko” and “Laiko”, ranging from the 1920’s to today.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 26 (2pm) and May 27 (5pm), Dimitris Mann (vocals, bouzouki, piano, accordion) together with Taso Comanescu (guitar, vocals) and Alexis Cohen (baglama, tzoura, guitar, vocals) will introduce the origins and history of Rebetika music, its migration to the United States, the people who influenced Rebetika and its evolution to Laika folk music.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A composer, sound designer, and multi-instrumentalist, Dimitris Mann has contributed music to award-winning TV series, films, documentaries, and contemporary dance shows. He has collaborated with some of Greece’s most prominent and world-renowned artists, from classical crossover Mario Frangoulis to hardcore hip-hop group, Active Member. Leading the Greek Rebetiko Trio, Dimitris has performed more than 200 shows throughout the US and is an active clinician and lecturer about Rebetika music.
Greek-American guitarist Taso Comanescu has emerged on the classical music scene as a colorful performer, full of subtle nuance and strong musicianship. Taso has performed with symphony orchestras and with the internationally acclaimed dramatic tenor, Charles Castronovo. His debut recording, “Epitaphios,” features the music of Mikis Theodorakis among others. His solo recording, “Renaissance | Baroque,” features transcriptions originally for lute, viheula, theorbo, and baroque guitar. Taso has been on the faculty at Pepperdine University since 2011.
Alexis is a Greek-American multidisciplinary artist whose music is inspired by traditional and contemporary styles from around the world, combining Greek, Ambient, and Progressive sounds. He formed The Skaribas, The Trouboska Band, and The Puzzle, and has performed with Manolis Rasoulis, Yiorgos Michail, and Nikos Halvatzis among others. He studied classical guitar at the Piraeus Society Conservatory in Athens, and received a Master of Science in Music Technology and Electronics from the University of York in England.
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