Students of Modern Greek at Charles Darwin University (CDU) will be treated to a lecture demonstration recital on the diverse musical styles of Greece by well known Adelaide musician, Zambica De George, on 14 September from 6pm.
Ms De George will trace the development of Greek music from the rembetiko, which is the music of the Greek Underground with origins in the hashish dens of Pireaus and Thessaloniki around the turn of the 20th century. This music was influenced by oriental elements that came with the forced immigration of two million Greek refugees from Asia Minor. It gave way to Greek Popular Music ('Laika' in Greek) which used the same instruments in similar ways during the early 1950s.
This journey will also encapsulate the popular music of Greece as well as songs from the islands and songs from the mainland.
There will be demonstrations of the bouzouki, an eight-string instrument which today resembles a large version of a Mandolin—it has a long neck with frets and sounds somewhat like a Mandolin or Lute and the Cretan lyra which is a small, pear-shaped, three-string fiddle, held upright and played by stopping the strings from the side with fingernails.
The lecture recital which is open to the public will be held on Thursday 14 September from 6pm to 8pm in the Mal Nairn Auditorium on CDU’s Casuarina Campus. All welcome.