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New York Rock & Roll Ensemble – Reflections –…

After I have listened to Giocondas Smile by Manos Hadjidakis I want to present another famous work by this composer.

In the late 1960s Hadjidakis lived in New York and made a recording of some of his compositions with a group named the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble. This LP was titled Reflections and was released in 1970.

All the songs from this album are available as youtube videos now. I have listened to this album now several times, and I like it very much. Especially one song sticks to my mind, the song Kemal:

New York Rock & Roll Ensemble (Manos Hadjidakis) – Kemal

KEMAL – This is the story of foolish Prince Bass Fiddle and wise Jerry Kemal.
As you remember, last time, the Prince was found without a dime on the Ponce Valdez while Jerry
watched from a tree… (complete text can be found with the video)

More than 20 years after the release of this album Nikos Gatsos has translated the songs to the Greek language, and Aliki Kayaloglou has made a greek version of this Album.

I have selected a live recording of Kemal – but you can find some videos with the recorde version too:

Kemal – Hadjidakis/Reflections – Aliki Kayaloglou Live at Herodes Atticus Theater

Aliki Kagialoglou sings Kemal from her album with Manos Hadjidakis Reflections 1993, words by Nikos Gatsos. Live from her concert on October the 3rd 2008 at Herodion Athens.
Piano: Frixos Mortzos

The Greek indy group Raining Pleasure has recorded another version of this music in 2005. And again this is a very interesting recording. I have again selected a version of Kemal, a nice video with the english text of the story. You can very good hear the mandolin that was used in this song by Rainig Pleasure. Read more “New York Rock & Roll Ensemble – Reflections – Manos Hadjidakis – Kemal”

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Huge Guitar Orchestra: 100 Guitars play Music by Hadjidakis,…

The music by Hadjidakis has led me to some videos by a huge orchestra of guitars that has played concerts in Greece, especially in anold Greek amphitheater – it must have been a great event.

I have selected a video with the Libertango by Astor Piazolla as first, because this video shows a little bit from the rehearsal and gives a good impresion about this group of young guitarists from Greece.

Astor Piazzolla -Libertango-Evangelos Boudounis -100 GUITARS

The Guitarists

From the homepage http://www.boudounis.com/en/

Evangelos Boudounis founded “The Guitarists” in 1993, but it was conceived in 1984 at the first “Guitar Festival in Rethymno”. It was there that he founded an orchestra, consisting of young guitarists coming from different cities and schools and who have gathered there to attend the seminar. The sound of this orchestra, very “fresh” and original, impressed Manos Hadjidakis (who was also attending the seminar) and he decided to conduct himself “Guitarists” at the only concert given to the Festival.

Despite the success, the orchestra soon split, because guitarists returned to their cities and schools. However, the idea of creating such an orchestra has always been on Evangelos Boudounis’ mind.

Eventually, in 1993 he created again an orchestra consisting of guitarists who were graduates of his school and were all living in Athens. The orchestra was named “The Guitarists”.

“The Guitarists” have participated in many international guitar festivals and have given many concerts in Greek cities, at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) and Lycabettus Theatre.

The orchestra’s repertoire includes many different works, renaissance, baroque (Praetorious, Bach, Vivaldi), music for the movies (Rota, Gershwin), arrangements of old songs (Hadjidakis, Beatles) and new music plays (Alexiadis, Boudounis, Antoniou).

Now two more videos with songs by Manos Hadjidakis played by 100 guitars:

Manos Hadjidakis-Vals of Lost Dreams – Evangelos Boudounis 100 GUITARS

Manos Hadjidakis-Kemal -Evangelos Boudounis -100 GUITARS

Further Information

Homepage Evangelos Boudounis: http://www.boudounis.com/en/

More videos by Evangelos Boudounis and 100 guitars: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=evangelos+boudounis+100+guitars&aq=f

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Manos Hadjidakis – Gioconda’s Smile – Greece – With…

I have recently found some interesting videos of guitarists from Greece, and so I decided it was time to find some interesting music from Greece with guitar and mandolin.

Today i want to present a work by Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis which is performed by a big orchestra including two mandolins and two guitars. It is the suite Gicondas Smile. This suite is composed of 10 instrumental songs and belongs to the most important compositions by Hadjidakis

Hadjidakis is the composer of the song Never on Sunday from the movie with the same title, he got an acadamy award for this song in 1961. The tune is very popular and is also played by mandolin orchestras all over the world.

Enjoy Giocondas Smile by Manos Hadjidakis!

Manos Hadjidakis – To hamogelo tis Tzokontas (part 1)

Consisted of ten instrumental songs, “To hamogelo tis Tzokontas” (“Gioconda’s smile”, 1965) is one of the most important works of Greek music. This concert was held at Megaron Mousikis in 1995, one year after Hadjidakis’ death. The songs performed in the first part are: “Otan erhonte ta synnefa” (“When the clouds come”), “Kontessa Esterhazy” (“Countess Esterhazy”), “I parthena tis gitonias mou” (“Virgin in my neighbourhood).

Manos Hadjidakis – To hamogelo tis Tzokontas (part 2)

The songs performed in the second part are: “Vrohi” (“Rain”), “Prosopografia tis miteras mou” (“Portrait of my mother”), “Τo konserto” (“Concerto”).

Especially the Concerto ist a beatiful tune for the two mandolins!

Manos Hadjidakis – To hamogelo tis Tzokontas (part 3)

The songs performed in the third part are: “O kyrios Noll” (“Mr. Noll”), “Oi dolofonoi” (“Assassins”).

Manos Hadjidakis – To hamogelo tis Tzokontas (part 4)

The songs performed in the fourth part are: “Vradini epistrofi” (“Returning in the evening”), “Horos me ti skia mou” (“Dance with my own shadow”).

More information about Manos Hadjidakis

Wikipedia (Engl.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manos_Hatzidakis

Wikipedia about Gioconda’s Smile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gioconda%27s_Smile

Songs by Manos Hadjidakis at greeksongs-greekmusic: http://www.greeksongs-greekmusic.com/t/hadjidakis-manos/