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News and Updates:
Construction has begun on the new 750 square foot KYKLOS wardrobe and workshop room! The $40,000 project will create a new and safe environment for the nearly 300 costumes that Kyklos owns. We would like to thank the Government of Alberta, Alberta Lotteries for their financial support to complete this project. When completed, the room will have wall-to-wall costume closets, work area for costume repair, exhibit space for KYKLOS memorabilia, costume displays, dressing and makeup area, and storage for the group’s audio equipment. The project is expected to be completed by spring.
Singer, Kostas Mitsis, was born and raised in the village of Preveza, located in the region of Ipiros in western Greece. There he lived until 2006, where his upbringing was influenced by the traditional music and dance that is characteristic of the area. He maintains an integral role in the teachings of traditional song and dance at seminars and workshops throughout Greece, Europe, the Middle East, United States, Canada and Australia. He is an active member of the Lykeio Ellinidon Athens High School, continues to collaborate with leading musicians, performs at world reknowned theatres such as Herodion and Dora Stratou, and even makes appearances on popular Greek musical television shows. He has produced four records, and is currently in the process of producing his fifth. Kosta is an amazing talent and we are excited to have him and his band members (see below) as part of our glendi on February 27!
Kosta’s passion for traditional Greek music has roots that run deep, dating back to his young school years. Born and raised in Larissa (where he continues to work and live), he built a foundation of musical studies, obtaining a diploma in Byzantine Music from the School of the Holy Metropolis of Larissa, continuing on to pursue studies in Psychology, and Musical Science & Art from the Universities of Thessaloniki and Macedonia, respectively. In addition to teaching traditional and Byzantine music, as well as clarinet, at various music schools across the country, he actively participates in concerts, festivals and performances of all kinds throughout Greece and abroad.
Kostas Papadimitriou also had an early beginning with Greek music. He was first acquainted with the lute, which he learned to play at the age of nine years old. He expanded his repertoire by learning the bouzouki and guitar, all while continuing his musical studies in Larissa. This lead him to obtain a diploma in Byzantine music, as well as a degree in sound engineering. Kosta continues to share his talents by participating in music and dance festivals throughout Greece and around the world.
Manolis Kottoros is the violin master and one of the vocalists in Stin Ygeia Sou, Ellada’s band. He has built his career and expertise through academic studies in Athens in the fields of Byzantine Music and Theology. He further refined his talents by learning alongside some of the best Greek folk instrumentalists which has allowed him to appear in concerts and festivals in Greece and around the world.
Vocalist and percussionist, Vassilis Sarantinos, forms another vital part of this band with a slightly varied path to his musical background. Initially completing studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Vassili was first acquainted with traditional Greek song and dance at the age of six, thanks to his participation in an organized performing group. He later pursued studies in musical theory, and also began studying instruments such as accordion, traditional drum and tambourine. Recent years have seen Vassili participate in social events, festivals, and album productions, both within Greece and abroad.
We invite you to join us on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Palace Banquet Hall (3223 Parsons Road) for a night full of music, song and dance from throughout Greece! Kostas Mitsis and his four musicians will be here from Greece to take us on a musical journey through Macedonia, Epirus, Pontos and the Greek Islands. And, no glendi is complete without laika, zeibekika, tsiftetelia and, of course, a performance by KYKLOS!
Individual tickets can be purchased from Omonia Foods, Astros Restaurant, as well as all Kyklos and AHEPA members. To reserve a table of ten, please emaiil firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Chrisanthe at 780.554.9328 or Sophia at 587.334.7399. **Purchase a table of ten before February 4 and receive two free bottles of wine for your table**
We will be back at the Festival of Trees this year, performing on November 29 at 11:20 am, and we hope to see you there! Each year, this festival brings more than holiday cheer; it supports the University Hospital Foundation as well. Specifically for 2015, supporting the festival means you are playing a role in ensuring that Northern Alberta's Level One Trauma Centre has advanced equipment to care for the most severely injured patients. Kyklos is very honored and excited to be part of such a wonderful cause once again. For more information, please visit the festival site, or check back here for updates.
Heritage days Festival is right around the corner and Kyklos couldn't be more excited to be on stage once again to show off Mainland, Island, Pontian & Taverna suites. Please stop by at our tent to watch our shows and enjoy authentic Greek deliciousness such as spanakopita, souvlaki & of course the most famous Frappedes (Iced coffee). See you all there. Yiasas.
We are excited to announce that we will be participating in two workshops as well as performing in Greece this year! Kyklos will start off their 3 day workshop first in Preveza, Greece and will also be performing at the "Summer and Culture" festival on July 6, 2014 (workshop dates: July 4, 5 & 6). We will then finish our tour at our second workshop (dates: July 9 - 14) in Roustika, Crete and will also perform there on July 13, 2014 at the Museum of Roustika. If you will be in Greece at any of those times please come check us out or e-mail us for more details! Stay tuned for pictures of our trip to Greece! Also, click here to check out the website for our Preveza workshop.