“PRIX FRANCE MOUSIQUE DES MUSIQUES DU MONDE” 2008
En Chordais ensemble is active in the domain of multicultural, learned and popular musical traditions of the Mediterranean, exploring both their creative continuity and their meeting with contemporary musical trends, in a fusion mood. Through an osmotic procedure the group successfully combines Byzantine and art music of Mediterranean with Greek regional idioms and contemporary music. Collaborating occasionally with virtuosi from all over the world the ensemble presents a multimedia mosaic dating from the 13th century to today. The result is a timeless dialogue between different cultures and eras.
En Chordais, renowned for extensive research on the musical legacy of the East Mediterranean, has entranced audiences by more than 400 concerts all over the world. The appreciated ensemble has been invited and performed in very special and important concert halls, Library of Alexandria, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, Institut du Monde Arabe and Theatre de la Ville, Les Abbesses – Paris, Palais de Bozar -Brussels, Carl-Orff – Saal Gasteig -Munich, Saint Marc -Venice, Parcel Room of South Bank – London, City Hall Concert Hall – Hong Kong are just some of them… The group has also collaborated with top musicians from Greece, Arabic world, Iran, Turkey, Israel, China, Canada as well as from Europe.
In November 2006 En Chordais accompanied the President of the Republic of Greece to his official travel to United Arabic Emirates and to Oman giving a series of concerts.
In March of 2008, the group during its participation to Babel Med Festival received the “Prix France Musique des Musiques du Monde”.
Εn Chordais activities, concerts and discography, have been largely publicized, with enthusiastic reviews to significant musical magazines as well as on line articles, presentations, references, interviews, TV and Radio emissions (BBC world service, TV 5, Radio CANADA, Radio FRANCE, New York Times, Turkish Radio Television, Al Jazeera, National Greek Television, etc).