Saturday, March 27, 2010

AETOS - We are following the eagle to see where it lands








Greece has a huge tradition of music and music-oriented culture. This film needs a recognized musician of Greek origin to implement the traditional music with a modern day soundtrack. The story is often supported by the music, and often relates to the theme of any particular scene, particularly music such as; Rembetika, Greek folk, Kleftiko, and Smyrnaiko influences. This style of music resembles the popular tradition of other cultures, such as Flamenco, Celtic, Moroccan, etc., and it is important to allow the soundtrack to reflect the style of music in a popular way. The music will carry the audience through the story, and illustrate harmonically the cultural aspects of the film.

Short Story Synopsis

There is a part of recent Greek history that remains untold until now. AETOS follows the journey of a young boy through to his manhood. He is one of the unsung heroes of Greece that fought for his liberty and personal freedom against the phalanx of oppression and dictatorship. Through his story, we become acquainted with Greek culture and a way of life that existed in a time of political turbulence. We delve into the secret world of the "mangas"; an underground sub cultural society that existed within a fascist world. We follow AETOS and his experience with Hashish smoking and drugs in the Hash Dens "TEKEDES" of Piraeus. The emergence and evolution of REMBETIKO music in a time of turmoil, precedes this story, yet amplifies the tragedy that lies within. Romance and adventure combined with humor fill the scenes. This is indeed a Modern Greek tragedy, documented as one mans attempt at a life in a world of hypocrisy. There is no happy ending, because for many there were none. This film will tell a true story. A story until this day remains untold.

MyGreekSpirit will follow the progress of this exciting project and we will keep you posted.


http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/damn_soc.htm

If the role of the wife of a manga followed the traditional pattern, his girl friends were generally more liberated.  Many would have been prostitutes or factory workers - or gypsies whose love of hashish and devil-may-care attitude made them very popular.

           Crazy Gypsy
Crazy gypsy, where are you going,
All in the night , where to ?
Your leaving is sorrow
In my heart forever.

Where are you going alone and so fast,
Like a passing stranger?
Take me with you to a faraway place,
I'll come with you forever.

Crazy gypsy, where are you going?
All alone, you abandon me.
Let's go, gypsy, before the dawn,
I'll come with you whatever happens. Recorded by Tsitsanis-1948.












What was Rebetika Music??




Rembetika was established in parts of mainland Greece in the first two years of the 20th century.  It made use of 2-3 derivatives of the Turkish saz (a.k.a. tampoura and boulgari): The bouzouki and its smaller brothers, the tzouras and the baglamas.  The saz itself is a lute but quite different from the archetypal Arab lute, 'al oud' - meaning 'wood'.  The latter was very popular in Asia Minor.  Rembetika were urban blues of a quasi-criminal subculture, despised by the middle classes and suppressed by the authorities.
In 1921 the Greek army occupied Turkey at the instigation of England, France, Italy and Russia. The Ottoman empire was in a state of collapse and the Great Powers, eager to carve up the territory, let Greece know that if they were to take the coast of Asia Minor where there were two million Greeks living there from ancient times, they could expect support. (They were using Greece to do their dirty work for them since the Italians had invaded from the south and were marching North. They wanted to use the Greeks to stop them from taking the entire coast of Asia Minor.) All went well and the Greek army controlled Smyrna and the coast but then two things happened that sent events rapidly downhill. The Greek army decided to march inland and take Ankara while at the same time the French backed out of the deal. This caused the other powers to withdraw their support so as not to start another world war. The Greek army found itself in retreat from a Turkish army led by Kemal Attaturk. As they passed through towns and cities they were joined by the local Greek population who did not want to be left behind when the angry Turks swarmed into town. Thousands died and the city of Smyrna was burned.

As the army retreated back to Greece it brought with them the surviving Greek population of Asia Minor. By 1922 there were two million refugees in the country. These were Greeks who had never lived in Greece. They had come from the fertile lands of Anatolia but were now forced to live in a small mountainous country that could not support them, or in refugee settlements in Pireaus and Thessaloniki. It was in the cafes and hash dens near these settlements that what we know as Rembetika was forged from the early mainland movement with its bouzouki and the oriental tunes, rhythms and singing techniques that came from Asia Minor.  

Imagine yourself as a refugee. In Asia Minor you may have had a business, a nice home, money, friends, family. But in the slums of Athens all you had was whatever you could carry with you out of Turkey, and your shattered dreams. You went from being in the middle class to being underground in a foreign country that did not particularly want you. Rembetika was the music of these outcasts. The lyrics reflected their surroundings, poverty, pain, drug addiction, police oppression, prison, unrequited love, betrayal and hashish. It was the Greek urban blues.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Biden “Big f*cking deal!” Gaffe Inspires Internet Entrepreneurs to Cash in



Nothing says class like these particular words on your — erm… [Cafe Press]
http://mashable.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Eleni and Souzana Vougioukli



Official page: http://vougioukli.gr

Traditional songs from Epirus and Thrace
Voice: Eleni and Souzana Vougioukli

Biography taken from their site, greek - english translation is not up to normal standards

Eleni Vougioukli born and raised in Thessaloniki to Xanthi. Πτυχιούχος του Τμήματος Βαλκανικών, Σλαβικών και Ανατολικών Σπουδών του Παν/μίου Μακεδονίας. Graduated from the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia. Έχει σπουδές στο πιάνο -από πέντε ετών-, ανώτερα θεωρητικά και μονωδία, Βυζαντινή Μουσική, καθώς και τζαζ τραγούδι και θεωρητικά. He has studied piano at five-year, theory and monody, Byzantine music and jazz song and theory. Ξεκίνησε με δημοτικό τραγούδι από οκτώ χρονών, με επίσημη πρώτη στις Γιορτές Παλιάς Πόλης της Ξάνθης με το Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο Θράκης. It started with folk songs in eight years, with the first official Celebrations Old Town of Xanthi in Thrace Cultural Center.

Έχει διακριθεί στον Πανελλήνιο Μαθητικό Διαγωνισμό του Υπουργείου Παιδείας, με το Α΄ Βραβείο στο τραγούδι a cappella. In Panhellenic Contest of Ministry of Education, the First Prize in singing a cappella.

Susana Vougioukli born and raised in Xanthi, where her parents are professors at the Democritus University. Πτυχιούχος του Τμήματος Μαθηματικών, κατεύθυνση Καθαρά Μαθηματικά, του Αριστοτέλειου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης, έχει σπουδές στο πιάνο - από πέντε ετών-, κιθάρα, ανώτερα θεωρητικά και μονωδία, καθώς και στη τζαζ- τραγούδι και θεωρητικά. BA in Mathematics, Pure Mathematics direction, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has studied the piano - five-years, guitar, music theory and monody, and the jazz-singing and theory. Ακόμη, ασχολείται με τη σύνθεση. It also deals with the composition.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Diaspora in Australia

Glykeria at the Gabby Awards 2009





Film Festival in Los Angeles

Sagapo

To Mialo sou kai mia Lira lolol

Ancient Greek Music for Lorraine

For Lorraine Rodríguez who asked in an earlier post for information about Ancient Greek Music, I hope this helps.



Despite the many recordings that have been made through the years, not much is actually known of the ancient Greek music. We do know a bit about the musical instruments that were used, mainly from vase paintings, and from some texts we have descriptions of song and dance.
Also, in some remote villages there are still songs and dances that have been preserved through time and tradition.
Music was a very important part of ancient life. At religious ceremonies and other festivities there were musicians and dancers, and the ancient plays had choirs. The ancient Greeks said that the dance was invented to honour the goddess Hera. The Nine Muses gave the gifts of music, dancing and singing to the humans. The muse Calliope gave Man the most precious instrument: the voice. Apollo was also connected with music, as well as Orpheus, Pan, Dionysos, Hermes and the Graces.
In ancient Greek education, music was also a main subject, along with reading, writing, grammar, arithmetic's and athletics etc. Singing was also used as a means of memorizing and telling odes like the Iliad and the Odyssey. Pythagoras was fascinated with harmony, and worked out a theory on the math's behind the tones used into modern times.
What must be a characteristic of the ancient music are the Lydian and Phrygian harmonies, influenced by the eastern civilizations to this very day, as well as the many half- and quarternotes.
http://www.in2greece.com/english/music/ancient.htm

Monday, March 22, 2010

Basil Poledouris

Basilis Konstantine "Basil" Poledouris (August 21, 1945 - November 8, 2006) was an American music composer who concentrated on the scores for movies and television shows. Poledouris won the Emmy Award for Best Musical Score for work on part four of the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove in 1989.
 Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Basil Poledouris credited two influences with guiding him towards music: the first was composer Miklós Rózsa, the second was his Greek Orthodox heritage. Poledouris was raised in the Church, and he used to sit in services, enthralled with the choir's sound.[1] At the age of seven, Poledouris began piano lessons, and after high school graduation, he enrolled at the University of Southern California to study both filmmaking and music. Several short films to which he contributed are still kept in the university's archives. At U.S.C., Poledouris met the movie directors John Milius and Randal Kleiser, with whom he would later collaborate as a music composer. In 1985, Poledouris wrote the music for the movie, Flesh & Blood, for the Dutch-American director Paul Verhoeven, establishing another ongoing collaboration in films.
Poledouris became renowned for his powerfully epic style of orchestral composition and his intricate thematic designs, and he garnered attention for his scores to The Blue Lagoon (1980; dir: Kleiser); Conan the Barbarian (1982; dir: Milius); Conan the Destroyer (1984); Red Dawn (1984; dir: Milius), RoboCop (1987; dir: Verhoeven); The Hunt for Red October (1990); Free Willy (1993) and its first sequel; Starship Troopers (1997; dir: Verhoeven); and For Love of the Game (1999).
Poledouris's studio, "Blowtorch Flats", is located in Venice, California, and is a professional mixing facility specializing in film and media production.
Poledouris married his wife, Bobbie, in 1969 and had two daughters, Zoë and Alexis. His elder daughter, Zoë Poledouris, is an actress and film composer, who occasionally collaborated with her father in composing film soundtracks. Poledouris spent the last four years of his life residing on Vashon Island, in Washington State, and he died on November 8, 2006, in Los Angeles, California, aged 61, from cancer.[8]  *wikipedia*

Tis Agapis Maxairia -

Excellent Greek Serial Filmed in Crete and based on old Family Vendetta with excellent music and beautiful scenery

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

I'd rather be loathed for who I am than be loved for who Im not - Wayne dyer



It will be difficult:
I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort.
its going to be risky:
being myself involve no risk. Its my ultimate truth and I live fearlessly.
its going to take long:
I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my own destiny.
there will be family drama:
I would rather be loathed for who I am than loved for whom I am not
I dont deserve:
I am a divine creation, a piece of god. How could I be undeserving?
its not my nature:
My essential nature is perfect and faultless. It is to this nature that I return.
I cant afford it:
I am connected to an unlimited source of abundance.
no one will help me:
The right circumstances and the right people are already here, and will show up on time.
its never happened before:
I am open and willing to attract all I that I desire beginning here and now.
I am not strong enough:
I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my source.
I am not smart enough:
I am a creation of the divine mind, all is perfect and I am a genius in my own right.
I am too old / not old enough:
I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am.
The rules wont let me:
I live my life according to divine rules.
its to big:
I think only about what I can do now. By thinking small I acconmplish great things.
I dont have the energy:
I feel passionately about my life and this passion fills me with excitement and energy.
its my personal family history:
I live in the present moment by being grateful for all of my life experiences as a child.
I am too busy:
As I un-clutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.
I am too scared:
I can accomplish anything I put my mind to because I know Im never alone.