Cretan Laouto seminar by Giorgos Xylouris at Labyrinth Musical Workshop

Crete, Greece – Giorgos Xylouri will teach a laouto seminar June
19-24, as part of the Labyrinth Musical Workshop. He will show various aspects
of the technique of the laouto. Xylouri will also shed light on the repertoire of
Cretan music.

The laouto was originally the most important instrument of accompaniment in
Cretan music, but, in recent decades, it has also developed into a solo
instrument in its own right. Giorgos Xylouris has played a very important role
in this process, not only due to his numerous technical innovations, but
especially due to his aesthetic approach. He studiously avoids any innovations
which compromise the aesthetic individuality of Cretan music, whilst
simultaneously working in a very creative and imaginative way with any elements
which compliment it. This is a very difficult and time-consuming process which
started many decades ago with his uncle Giannis Xylouris, who was considered to
be one of the foremost laouto players of the second half of the 20th century,
and who was Giorgos’ teacher.Today, Giannis and Giorgos Xylouris often perform duets together in which the
laouto is featured as a solo instrument of exceptional beauty. In this seminar
Giorgos will teach various aspects of the technique of the laouto as well as
shedding light on the repertoire of Cretan music.

For more info contact:
Labyrinth Musical Workshop
Choudetsi, Crete, Greece
Phone/Fax: +30 2810 741 027