Concerts

23/3 SATURDAY
INAUGURAL CONCERT / PLAÇA SANT CORNELI – 21:30h

LABYRINTH CATALUNYA ORCHESTRA

Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Yasamin Shahhosseini, Bijan Chemirani, Efrén López, Avgerini Gatsi, Giorgos Papaioannou, Christos Barbas, Isabel Martin, Carlos Ramirez

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OPENING CONCERT. Outdoor music / PLAZA SANT CORNELI – 21:30h 

Labyrinth Catalunya celebrates this spring 2024, 9 years of life in Cardedeu! And celebrates it by organizing again a 2-week edition with 9 seminars and about 10 concerts at Textil Rase, Plaza Sant Corneli and various sites and houses of Cardedeu with more than 100 musicians from all over the world. This inaugural concert will fill the Plaza Sant Corneli with the magical sounds of the Mediterranean in a night where we will enjoy songs, dances and music both new and traditional, with the virtuosity and musicality of internationally renowned musicians.

Musicians
Ross Daly: Lyra, Saz
Kelly Thoma: Lyra
Yasamin Shahhosseini: Oud
Efren Lopez: Cretan Lyra, oud, viola da wheel
Christos Barbas: Ney, Kaval
Bijan Chemirani: Percussion
Avgerini Gatsi: Voice
Giorgos Papaioannou: Violin
Carlos Ramirez: Saz, Wheel Viola
Isabel Martín: Voice

Duration: 90 minutes

24/3 SUNDAY
CONCERTS IN CARDEDEU – 20h

Sara Maria Fantini & Natalie Carducci

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Natalie Carducci – medieval fiddle
Sara Maria Fantini – gittern, oud, voice.

Vai lavar cabelos na fontana fría

This is a story of encounters, of open and lost paths. What was ‘Western’ secular music like before polyphony became the dominant language, and before the tonal system took over modal constellations?

In the space of a concert we offer a glimpse of Italian and Iberian modal monophony between the late 13th and 14th centuries. The common thread will be represented by some chansons de femme (songs in women’s voice) and Italian ballate that contain a senhal (a woman’s name hidden in the text).

Eirini Zogali & Lucie Lelaurain

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Lucie Rosann Lelaurain and Eirini Zogali met in 2021 in Rotterdam, where they were both studying at Codarts, University of the Arts. They soon participated together in numerous projects and decided to form a duo, performing a repertoire that creates a strong musical bond between them. In September 2022 they made their first tour in Greece, where they performed on various stages in Thessaloniki and Athens, and have been presenting their project ever since, especially in the Netherlands.

The duo performs mainly traditional music from Armenia, Iran and Greece, as well as original compositions, which are performed combining the sounds of strings and wind.

Eirini Zogali: Oud
Lucie Lelaurain: Duduk, flute

 

Lucie Rossan Lelaurain:  Mixing her taste for contemporary music and traditional modal music, the multi-instrumentalist Lucie Lelaurain unveils a cinematic and modern music weaving links between traditional tunes of yesterday and compositions of today. Originally playing on a classical flute, she specializes in Middle Eastern music by learning the duduk, but also by researching the adaptation of sound and ornament on her original instrument (which normally expresses itself in so-called tonal and classical music).

Born in France in 1994, she discovers very early a passion for traditional music and their dances. After a first conservatory in Toulouse in actual music, she decides to travel in Turkey to be trained in the modal music of the Middle East. She worked there with many masters and after two years of learning, she decided to return to Europe to join the Conservatory of Codarts in Turkish music where she is currrently now in her last year.  

 

Eirini Zogali: Eirini was born in 1997 in Corinth, Greece. Her relationship with music started at the age of 7 with classical guitar. This first contact led her to audition for the music school of her hometown, in which she graduated in 2015 with a new instrument in hand, the bouzouki.

The bouzouki was the music bridge that helped her to approach the traditional Greek music and especially Rebetiko. In 2016 she continued her studies in music in Thessaloniki, where she graduated with a specialization in the three string bouzouki.

Moving to Thessaloniki was crucial for her music career because of the variety of genres that co-exist in the city. During her studies there, she came across the oud, an instrument that quickly became of great significance for her.

In 2019 she was accepted as an exchange student in Codarts University of arts in Rotterdam, where she studied more in depth with the oud and also experimented with the bouzouki. Before returning back to Greece she auditioned for the master programme of Codarts, with the oud as a main instrument, in which she got accepted. From 2021 she’s living in Rotterdam. 

 

Music video links:
Zaal – Zogali Lelaurain duo
Zogali – Lelaurain – Dadbeh

Peppe Frana, Masih Karimi, Ciro Montanari Trio

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SOMA is the debut album of the SOMA trio.

Peppe Frana (oud, Afghan Robab), Masih Karimi (tanbur, daf) and Ciro Montanari (tabla, percussion). Frana and Montanari, Italians who have been engaged in research into extra-European musical traditions for years and Iranian Masih Karimi who is a virtuoso of the Kurdish tanbur and daf. The album includes original compositions by the group members inspired by the musical languages of the Indo-Persian and Middle Eastern areas and arrangements of traditional melodies, interspersed with long introductory improvisations of the melodic modes on which the compositions are based.

The tanbur is the sacred lute of Yarsanism, a syncretic religion of medieval origin that combines elements of Islamic mysticism with pre- Islamic practices and beliefs. Prominent among its main uses is the musical accompaniment of the mystical gathering known as Jam, where a complex ritual alternates between choral singing and the sharing of specific meals, first consecrated as ceremony offerings, then consumed. The idea of sacrifice by ingestion finds its archetype in the Soma of the Vedic scriptures, the drink that brings health and immortality that the hero takes to prepare for his task. The symbolism of the Soma thus reveals the conception of life as a cycle of destruction and renewal: that which is devoured goes to constitute the nourishment necessary for the creative act. Our Soma in this case is the study of the musical repertoires and languages of the Indo-Persian area, from which spring these original compositions that of their traditional matrices retain only specific aspects. Ultimately, it is music itself, beyond its ethnic-geographical connotations, that represents the daily sacrifice we offer to the cosmos in order to have in return, if not immortality, certainly health.

Sol Aurorae Trio

Vassilis Philippou, Nabil Naïr, Mario Carrillo

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Musicians: Vassilis Philippou, Nabil Naïr, Mario Carrillo

The trio will perform compositions from the album ‘Ο Ήλιος της Αυκής – Sol Aurorae’ by Vassilis Philippou. Vassilis, Nabil and Mario met in 2023 and this is the beginning of their artistic collaboration.

The music that will be presented in the concert, is influenced by the music cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean and is based on original poems written in the Cypriot dialect. The album’s title translates to ‘the dawn sun’ which is a continuous reminder of vitality and communication with our fundamental emotions.

27/3 WEDNESDAY
TÈXTIL RASE – FÀBRICA DE CULTURA – 20:30h

LABYRINTH CATALUNYA ORCHESTRA

Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Bijan Chemirani,  Yasamin Shahhosseini, Efrén López, Avgerini Gatsi, Pelva Naik, Giorgos Papaioannou, Christos Barbas, Murat Aydemir, Burak Savaş

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Labyrinth Catalunya Orchestra / Wednesday 27/3 / Tèxtil Rase 

Within the framework of Labyrinth Catalunya – the festival of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music in Cardedeu – this concert of the Labyrinth Catalunya Orchestra is presented. A concert that will count with the 11 teachers of the seminars of the festival with new revelations of international renown and the same founders of the Labyrinth in Greece. Musicians from Greece, Iran, India, Turkey, Valencia, France will participate in the concert and will perform classical music from these countries and nine compositions and songs of contemporary modal music.

Musicians
Ross Daly: Lyra, Saz
Kelly Thoma: Lyra
Efren Lopez: Cretan Lauto, oud, wheel viola
Christos Barbas: Ney, Kaval
Yasamin Shahhosseini: Oud
Bijan Chemirani: Percussion
Avgerini Gatsi: Voice
Giorgos Papaioannou: Violin
Murat Aydemir: Tanbur
Burak Savas: Voice
Pelva Naik: Voice

Duration: 120 minutes

30/3 SATURDAY
CONCERTS IN CARDEDEU – 20h

Samvad Trio

Virginia Nicoli, Igino Giovanni Brunori, Ciro Montanari

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Samvad trio was born in 2013 as an Indian classical music group featuring Virginia Nicoli (bansuri, silver flute and voice), Igino Giovanni Brunori (bansuri and saxophone) and Ciro Montanari (tabla).

The three musicians share a deep love for Indian classical music, which brought them to India to learn for many years with internationally acclaimed maestros: the Gundecha Brothers, Rajendra Prasanna and Pandit Sankha Chatterjee.

They released a live concert album (Echinus) in 2013 and since then have played to audiences in Europe, India and Sri Lanka. Many exciting collaborations (with Ross Daly, Zohar Fresco, Conductus Ensemble, Hooshang Farani) have shaped the sound of the trio and expanded their vision towards the modal music of the Middle East, Central Asia and India.

The characteristic of Samvad is their constant dialogue, a musical journey made of ancient melodies deepened into the Raga with a contemporary sound that creates a unique landscape enriched by the accompaniment and the solos of Ciro Montanari on Tabla.

The harmony between them combined with their musical skills makes the Samvad Trio one of the notable Indian traditional music ensembles from outside of India.

Yayla Trio

Sara Islán, Alexánder Pewló, Alexandre Guitart

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MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC

Yayla is a project specialized in roots music that covers the entire Mediterranean basin. Joint work of virtuoso performers and composers who agree on the transmission of traditional music as a starting point for the creation of fresh melodies, rhythms and structures.

Myrra Duet

Yvonne Melissa, Tasos Kofodimos

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We first met in Athens during the autumn of 2020, when the director Panagiotis Kalivitis and Jenny Vangopoulou approached us to compose music for a dance performance based on Sophocles’ Antigone. From the very first rehearsal, we realized we shared many commonalities, not just as musicians but as individuals.

Two years and two quarantines later, we finally had the opportunity to perform the music we had composed live at the “Roes” theater in November 2022, under the title “AnTI.” Most of the music was created during the rehearsal period through improvisation, interaction with the choreography, and influences from cinema, literature, and psychoanalysis. The focus was on the burial of the dead Polinikis and an attempt to depict Antigone’s inner world through music.

Initially written for a violin and a lute, we later decided to enrich the music with three more instruments and record it as a complete work independently. The resulting album, titled “Myrra” after the tree that produces myrrh, consists of 11 instrumental compositions that flow naturally into one another.

 

Tasos Kofodimos is the lead singer of three of the most popular bands in the Greek music scene, namely Gidiki, Largo, and Transidelia. He has been interested in music since a young age, having taken piano lessons. In 2007, he moved to Thessaloniki, where he performed frequently in the city’s music venues. Since 2013, he has been a member of Largo (Largo EP-2016, Ta Lathi – 2019) and Gidiki, both of which have performed extensively in Greece and abroad. In 2019, Kofodimos co-founded Transidelia, where he sings and plays the land lute (Anatoli-2019). He currently lives and works in Athens, where in 2021 he recorded and produced his first personal EP, which features his own compositions, including the musical adaptation of C. Cavafis’ poem “Fones” (Eridanos – 2021). Kofodimos has composed the music of several performances such as: “Anti” (Dance performarce, Roes theater, November 2022) and “Apokopos” (Music performance, Trikala, August 2023). 

He has performed at some of Greece’s most important festivals and music venues, both as a solo artist and as a member of various bands. He has also collaborated with many exceptional artists and worked as a musician in several theaters. Kofodimos plays the lute, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, sings, and composes both music and lyrics. He holds a degree in Philology from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.

Within 2023-2024 two discs are about to be released: “Myrra” (with Y.Melissa) and “Apokopos” (with N.Kotsani ft. Ross Daly).

 

Yvonne Melissa was born in Kavala in 1998. She began her studies on the violin at the age of seven, under the tutelage of Z. Zlateva. She studied classical violin and music theory and obtained her diploma with “excellency unanimously” in 2022 at “Orfeio” Conservatory in Athens, guided by her professors M. Plesti and D. Semsis. From 2023 is a student of Codarts WMDC (Rotterdam, Netherlands) – Bachelor of Turkish music.She has been a member of many orchestras, as well as in numerous and various chamber musical ensembles, seminars ( chamber music enseble with A. Liakakis and T. Gouvelis, Classical violin with M. Szlezer, experimental violin with F. Siotas, composition and arrangement with B. Papadopoulos, anatolian violin with G. Papaioannou, M. Kouloumis, composition and arrangement with C. Erdogan, Ensemble of Kudsi Erguner, Greek traditional music with M.Mavroeidi etc. ) and she has performed in some of the most important music scenes of the country.

She has composed the music in dance performances and short movies. Moreover, she is a post-graduate student of National and Kapodistrian Athens Law School. 

Her first disc named “Myrra” with T. Kofodimos is going to be released the December of 2023.

Gatzara Quartet

Walid Mahmoud, Feliciano GZ, Xavi Barbot, Gora Casado

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Gatzara Quartet presents: BIDRHA

Algazara Quartet presents a daring, innovative project, with intensity and an experimental touch, where the tradition coming from the Gnawa music merges with Jazz, Funk and modern music coming from the United States. The musical works honor the Arabic writings from the traditional music of Morocco, along with the ancestral languages of the Fula, Bambra and Hausa.

Gnawa music is made up of spiritual songs and rhythms where poetry, rituals, music and traditional dances coexist. Its deepest roots come from Morocco, the Mandingo empire and Mali, but it also contains a strong influence from other West African countries.

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Gatzara Quartet – Bidrha

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31/3 SUNDAY
TÈXTIL RASE – FÀBRICA DE CULTURA – 20h

Pelva Naik, Alexis Weisgerber

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Dhrupad is the oldest genre of Indian classical music, born in the 15th century and related to court music until the 19th century, Dhrupad developed a unique spirituality in its sound.

Related to court music until the 19th century, Dhrupad developed a unique spirituality in its sound.

From an extremely refined tuning, and a very particular approach, the dhrupad is characterized by the dhrupad is characterized by the extension, and calm evolution of its mostly improvised parts (alap, jod, jod, jog) through a specific vocabulary of syllables and vowels.

In recent years, the style has made a worldwide resurgence and has brought back to the stage all the great masters who have maintained the oral tradition for centuries.

 

Pelva Naik, is one of the best Dhrupad singers of the new generation of artists in India, and one of the few women of the style. Born into a family of writers, dancers and filmmakers. Pelva represents the past and the future through an impressive musical maturity, and a mental approach in tune with today’s world.

He has been learning tabla since 2004, and Pakhawaj since 2011. Disciple of Shubh Maharaj and Mohan Shyam Sharma respectively, Alexis is one of the most complete and active percussionists within Indian music in Europe, accompanying most of the great masters of the Dhrupad style on their European tours.

 

Alexis Weisgerber learnt the pakhawaj (percussion ancestor of the tabla,with rich harmonics and deep bass) in India, mainly under guidance of Pt Mohan Shyam Sharma. Based in Nantes, France, he extensively accompanies Dhrupad artists and teaches pakhawaj in Europe.

Murat Aydemir, Burak Savaş & Christos Barbas

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The three musicians will interpret a series of Ottoman Classical and Turkish instrumental pieces and songs as well as contemporary compositions of modal music.

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