Wed, 13 Sept|
Pulsar Band: Album Presentation
Technopolis 20 presents the Pulsar Band in its garden. This newly formed ensemble is comprised of Stavros Savva on lute and keyboard, Euripides Dikaios on traditional percussion, Christos Politis on guitar and Maria Avraam on flute.
Time & Location
13 Sept 2023, 20:00
Technopolis 20 , Nikolaou I. Nikolaidi Avenue 18, Paphos 8010, Cyprus
About the Event
Technopolis 20 presents the Pulsar Band, on Wedneaday 13th of August, at 20:00. This newly formed ensemble is comprised of Stavros Savva on lute and keyboard, Euripides Dikaios on traditional percussion, Christos Politis on guitar and Maria Avraam on flute.
The group’s main aim is to create music with unique sonic colors and original ideas. As for their performances, their main goal is to differentiate themselves within the Cypriot music scene and to expand the musical horizons of their audience.
During the concert, the band presents original compositions which are melodious, and easily accessible, a blend of elements of ethnic, folk and rock genres. Additionally, traditional, well-known songs from the Greek repertoire will be performed, transformed with modified melodies and an experimental sound.
For reservations and more information please call 70002420.
A few words about the musicians
Maria Avraam is a flutist and pianist, graduated from the Music High School of Limassol "Marios Tokas" and holds a degree in music studies from the European University of Cyprus. During her studies at the Music School of Limassol, she had the opportunity to frequently participate in concerts with chamber music ensembles and choirs, both as a soloist and as part of the ensemble. Some of the ensembles she collaborated with include the string quartet "Apple Hill" (USA) and the Athens Lyric Orchestra. Throughout her studies and beyond, she actively attended and participated in specialized individual and group piano and flute lessons in Greece, England, Cyprus, and elsewhere. She was a member of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra and through this, she performed in a series of concerts with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the State Youth Orchestra of Prague, as well as chamber music ensembles. She also played with the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality-European University of Cyprus, participating in concerts in Cyprus, Crete, and Thessaloniki. In 2019, she collaborated with the wind orchestra of the University of Virginia in a concert by the band. Her interest in contemporary music led her to perform in concerts and festivals exclusively dedicated to contemporary music, such as the "Artos Contemporary Music Festival," the "7th International Contemporary Music Festival," the "Flevares Project," the "Avaton Contemporary Music Festival," and others. She has also presented Cypriot and world premieres of works in collaboration with the "Center of Cypriot Composers" and participated in "Piano Street" as part of the cultural capital - Paphos 2017.
Stavros Savva began his involvement in music with the piano as his main instrument. Along the way, his explorations and desire to delve into various genres of music led him to engage with additional instruments such as the accordion, guitar, and other stringed instruments. His primary goal is to express the authenticity and essence that govern a song or instrumental piece, and he strives to achieve this through appropriate orchestrations, depending on the ensemble or band he is involved with. As a musician, his influences and musical tastes span a wide spectrum, including classical music, traditional music (with the peculiarities of the geographic region), as well as elements drawn from the rock and electronic music genres. Furthermore, his extended stays in Greece and Italy have directly influenced his musical style and versatility, as he has firsthand experience with the traditions that govern each region. Currently, he collaborates with several musicians and participates in cultural events, performing at various venues in his city and organizing concerts.
Christos Politis was born and raised in Ioannina. From his school years, he became involved with the guitar, playing in various musical groups in the region. He studied guitar with Yiotis Samarás at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. He continued his musical activities by playing in different musical ensembles and performing in music shows in Athens and the provinces. For the past two years, he has been living and working in Cyprus.
Euripides Dikaios lives in Mesogi, Paphos, and has followed a path through the sciences, music, and theater. He is currently an active musician, director, independent producer, and the artistic director and founder of the non-profit company Paraplevros Productions (2009). Paraplevros' most recent collaboration is with the Musical Workshop Labyrinth Cyprus (as a musician and production organizer), Ross Daly, and the community of Spilia village for the creation of annual seminars on modal music, as well as the European funded program "Awakening Sleeping Instruments in Europe" (as a production director, lyricist, and musician). He has studied traditional percussion, among others, with Zohar Fresco, Keyvan Chemirani, and Petros Kourtis. He is the founder of Nea Taboutsia, a traditional percussion ensemble, and is currently a member of the Pulsar ensemble in Paphos. He has participated in various groups, concerts, and performances in Athens, England, and Cyprus - examples include Bucimis (London), Kath'Odón (Athens), and more recently, Marlia Project, Larko Larkou, Makam, Jizves, Hitjaz, Musiko Schima Anatoli, Livas, Oi Las, and Midin in Cyprus. In theater, he has participated as a percussionist in the award-winning musical performances of the Cyprus Theatre Organization, "Orestis" and "Electra - The Trial" (music by Dimitris Zavros, 2012), where he also arranged and taught rhythmic sections in dance, and "Thebes XII: Ikessia" (music by Giorgos Kolas, Delphi Ancient Drama Festival, 2009). He has taught rhythmology for dancers at the University of Nicosia and at the Vladimir Kafkarides Drama School, as well as teaching methods for traditional percussion to educators. He has composed music for the dance performance "Coupon for Change" at the No Body Festival (2010) and for the theater performances "Nychtalouda" (2016) and "Night of the Assassins" (2017).