CANCELLED: Maria Farantouri / En Chordais / Ensemble Constantinople
Easter Festival: Following in Marco Polo's Footsteps
The concert programme of the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle cannot go ahead as planned due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find detailed information on ticket returns here: Information on ticket returns
No European figure is associated more closely with the Silk Road than Marco Polo, who travelled to China in 1271 and returned to Venice in 1295. The Greek group En Chordais, the amazing Maria Farantouri and the Constantinople Ensemble now recreate the cosmopolitan merchant's travel accounts in sound. The result is a musical string of pearls drawing on the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern traditions – and it is given an additional sparkle by guests from Italy, Iran, Mongolia and China.
Through their music, oud player Kyriakos Kalaitzidis's quintet has earned a global reputation for research on Byzantine and Mediterranean music from the 13th century onwards. Since her work with Mikis Theodorakis, Maria Farantouri has become known as the voice of Greek song. And with the Iranian brothers Kiya and Ziya Tabassian, the Constantinople Ensemble builds a bridge to the Middle East. This is the soundtrack to a unique medieval road movie.
Kyriakos Petras violin
Kyriakos Kalaitzidis oud, vocals
Drossos Koutsokostas vocals
Vasileios Zopoglou kanun
Petros Papageorgiou toumpeleki, bendir
Kiya Tabassian setar
Johanna Rose viola da gamba
Maria Farantouri vocals
Lingling Yu pipa
Amartuwshin Baasandorj khöömii
Marco Rosa Salva recorder
Ziya Tabassian Daf, Tombak
Eine musikalische Reise auf den Spuren von Marco Polo
Klassische chinesische Musik, höfische persische Musik, mongolische Melodien, Sufi Klänge vom Pamir, byzantinische Melos und mittelalterliche Musik aus Venedig, gespielt auf traditionellen Instrumenten.
CANCELLED: Easter Festival
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