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STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER / ATHENS

Harper Xylouri

Niki Xylouri and Maria-Christina Harper visit the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for a unique performance on 11 December.

Familiar Greek sounds and Western jazz music, traditional roots and avant-garde experimentation, typical Cretan timbre coupled with baritone Cretan lyra and electric harp. Accompanied by George Koutras in electric and 12-string guitar, the two have created a very special sound that obliterates the distance between past, present and future. They converse with traditional tunes, rebetika and lullabies, creating mystical soundscapes based on the warmth of acoustic instruments without snubbing the filters of effects.
The two artists represent modern-day jazz that is conversing with various musical genres, evolving and looking at the past with creative irreverence, while at the same time allowing room for those who wish to remain "clean", traditional. It is constantly renewing its audience, attracting new believers.

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