A Historical Musical Presentation of our Island’s Music
“The Music of Crete”
Unique and historic concert performances showcasing the music of all regions of Crete took place in 5 USA cities;
New Brunswick, NJ
Cretan music is one of the most important elements of our culture. It expresses our feelings in all stages of our lives as it also touches all stages of our history. Recognizing the fact that each of the four regions in Crete has a very important influence to the Cretan music, our goal through “The Music of Crete” event, was to showcase that influence and appreciate its value.
To honor the value of our musical heritage from ALL regions of Crete we brought an exceptional five member ensemble of talented and well known young musicians:
Hlias Horeftakis, violin, for the sounds from Western Crete,
Zaharias Spiridakis, lyra/boulgari for sounds from Rethimnon and Iraklio,
Dimitris Sgouros, lyra/lyraki to cover the sounds of eastern Crete,
Stelios Hliakis, laouto/mandolin
Vasilis Nikoloudakis, guitar.
The ensemble featured the various musical instruments of Crete such as the violin, lyra, lyraki, laouto, boulgari and mandolin. Their performances and program were excellent, and they made the more than 2300 attendees for all 5 events, feel proud and honored for their heritage.
PAA feels very proud for this initiative because such enriching tribute to our musical heritage has never happened before here in USA or in Crete! We also feel very proud for the hard work, “meraki” and belief for our initiative, shown once again by the hosting chapters! Thank You!! Thank You!! The performances at the respective cities have broken all records of number of attendees and that gives PAA more strength and will to continue our obligation towards our chapters and their members, as well as towards all Greeks in USA, to find ways to bring the splendor of our culture and values closer to their homes. Please continue to support and promote the values of our great culture!
Cretan Music Made in USA article in Greek