Greek Music Journey 2019 Thanasis Polykandriotis, The Bouzouki Legend of Greece









 FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 | 8:30PM







GMJ 2019 Polykandriotis Recent Events

AKTINA's acclaimed concert series, Greek Music Journey 2019 brings to New York, Thanasis Polykandriotis, a world recognized and multi-awarded bouzouki maestro/soloist who is credited for recording over 90% of the Greek discography's laika and rembetika music genres, including bouzouki instrumentals, a composer of countless timeless hits and the artist who was selected to open the Athens 2004 Olympics Ceremony.   

Secure your seats and don't miss this new amazing concert on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8:30pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on 68th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues in Manhattan.

Produced by Elena Maroulleti, the concert  will highlight apart from bouzouki solos/instrumentals, everlasting laika (popular-folk) classics composed by Polykandriotis as well classic hits and instrumentals composed by other great Greek composers with whom Polykandriotis has collaborated over the years as a "lead" bouzouki player, among many others, Mikis Theodorakis (Zorba the Greek), Manos Hatzidakis (Never on Sunday), Stavros Xarhakos (Rembetiko), Vasilis Tsitsanis.  Mr. Polykandriotis is accompanied by the charesmatic singers, Aris Kampanos who captivated New Yorkers during AKTINA's GMJ 2018 and Afroditi Chatzimina and his distinguished band members, Nikos Stratigos, piano, Nikos Kainourgios, accoustic guitar and Nikos Ntarilas, drums. 



Prices: $95, $70 Orchestra | $60 Balcony | $40 Rear Balcony | $65 Wheelchair.


Charge your tickets today by calling us at 718-545-1151 or purchase online right here.  A handling/processing fee applies for every ticket purchase.  All sales are final. No exchanges/refunds. Tickets will not be sold at the theater box office.  For the Kaye Playhouse Seating Chart click here.


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 wsb 231x277 KayeTheatreInteriorAbout the Kaye Playhouse:  This landmark venue is one of the most cozy and beautiful theaters in Manhattan with exceptional acoustics and comfortable theatrical seating without any obstructions.  Apart from the orchestra on the main level, the Kaye also features two balconies with a great view of the stage. Another unique factor of the Kaye is that it is easily accessible by all means of mass transportation.  wsb 369x273 KayeBalconyView


Directions to the Kaye:   By Car: The Kaye is located on the north side of East 68th Street, just west of Lexington Avenue. Parking garages are located nearby, while free street parking is also available on Lexington Avenue after 7pm.  By Train: Take the "6" to the 68th Street/Hunter College station or the "F" to the 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue station.  By Bus: Take the M98, M101, M102, M103 or the Crosstown M66 to East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.  The Kay is handicap-accessible.


Briefly about the artist


Thanasis Polykandriotis Photo Recent EventsLabeled as "The Bouzouki Legend of Greece," Thanasis Polykandriotis has written his own unique history in Greek music during the course of his vibrant career which spans over 50 years.  Born in Athens in 1945, he comes from a family of musicians.  His father, Theodoros Polykandriotis was a folk music teacher and it was natural for Thanasis follow in his father's foot steps. His love for music was expressed at the early age of 8 when he started studying classical guitar. Although he was a devoted classical guitarist, he later started to learn on his own the bouzouki.  At the age of 15½ he started performing professionally as “second bouzouki” next to the great legends, Apostolos Kaldaras, Klouvatos, Sevas Hanoum, Michalis Menidiatis and Fouli Dimitriou. Thereafter his impressive career as a bouzouki player took off with collaborations in live performances and in recordings as "lead bouzouki" player for almost all Greek stars, while he also became the favorite for all renowned Greek composers in both live performances and in recordings.  He is credited for recording over 90% of the Greek discography's laika and rembetika music genres.  Some of the most impressive recordings which crown his career as a "lead bouzouki maestro/soloist" include the masterful music works, "Stin Anatoli" and "Ballandes" by Mikis Theodorakis (Zorba the Greek), "Skliros Aprilis tou '45" and "Athanasia" by Manos Hadjidakis, "Mikra Asia" and "Byzantinos Esperinos" by Apostolos Kaldaras, the legendary film score, "Evdokias Zeimbekiko" from the 1971 world renowned movie "Evdokia" composed by Manos Loizos, "Stavros Tou Notou" by Thanos Mikroutsikos, just to name a few.

As a composer he entered the Greek discography in 1965 and since then he has composed countless hits for almost all Greek stars including the legeds, Stelios Kazantzidis, Stratos Dionysiou, Tolis Voskopoulos, Giannis Parios, Marinella among many others.

On August 13, 2004 his fame as Greece's Bouzouki Legend spread even further across the globe when he and 40 other bouzouki soloists from his group "OI EPOMENOI" opened the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Ceremony.  His exceptional performance earned him further worldwide admiration and recognition.

Between 2005 and 2006 he was the “resident” bouzouki player for the Greek National TV Musical Ensembles (ERT).  In 2006 he wrote his first score for a television series on a major network in Greece for the TV series “San Oniro” (Like a Dream).

He has given memorable performances in world renowned venues such as London’s Albert Hall, Sydney’s Opera House, Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in NYC, Shanghai’s Concert Hall, while he has also participated in countless international festivals representing the laika and rembetika music genres as a composer and as a bouzouki maestro/soloist.  Furthermore, his career is also crowned with notable collaborations with international Symphonic Orchestras and Operas such as the Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra and the State Orchestra and Opera of Budapest which accompanied him to perform his own compositions.  He also adapted for bouzouki and recorded in Budapest eleven of the twenty-one Hungarian dances of J. Brahms with the State Symphonic Orchestra of Hungary-Failoni.

A multi-awarded artist, Thanasis Polykandriotis, is also the recipient of the 2008 Annual International Award of National Music “Maestro International” which is awarded annually to a soloist from the Balkans. 

He is also a professor of folk music who has taught at the University of Arta in Epirus in the Department of Folk and Traditional Music and later taught as a Special Scientist at the level of Lecturer at the University of West Macedonia.  As a professor of Folk music, he is currently the Head at the Department of Folk Music, Bouzouki and relative Folk Music Instruments at Athens Conservatory of Music (Odio Athinon), while he also teaches for his own music group which he founded in 2003. The group is called “Mediterranean Research Center of Culture “OI EPOMENOI” (The Next) and is comprised by over 400 young male and female students, most of them bouzouki soloists.  As part of his passion and goal to preserve and further spread the Greek folk music tradition, he continues to be very active in the field of music education.  Most notable was his initiative in 2012 to host for the first time in Greece a two-day convention highlighting the bouzouki (considered the "lead" music instrument in Greek music) and the bouzouki’s contributions to folk music. The convention was held at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens and the attendance was overwhelming.

He is the author of several music books such as “It’s Easy to Learn Bouzouki”, “Folk Harmony”, “Concerto for Bouzouki No. 1”, “Thanasis Polykandriotis for Bouzouki and Tamplatoura” and “Thanasis Polykandriotis for Piano, Harmonium, Guitar”. 

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