Xanthi with Rodopi ensemble
The original music from Thrace – North of Greece
This music group under the name “Rodopi Ensemble” began working since the 1990s in Thrace and Macedonia; areas of Greece where the people live forming a unique cultural movement. The mountains of Rodopi, the biggest mountain range of Thrace, comprise an interface and musically link the people of the countries that cross them.
In the year 2000 occasioned by a tour in Holland and Germany, we recorded our first demo in Komotini, with three distinctive melodies of the surrounding area. To date, we continue performing in events, celebrations, weddings and fairs always hanging on to our special music color. In 2016, with new members, now, in clarinet and singing, we actively started working on our new record production.
Its melodies (chasapiko, tsifteteli, karsilamas, zeibekiko and other dances) compose a multi-colored mosaic of sounds. Clarinet, violin, kanun, lute, toubeleki are the musical instruments of our ensemble which, together with the singing, entertain the people at every opportunity.
What is more, together with the performance there is the possibility of traditional Greek dance lessons held and taught by our group members whether just before the concert or at any other time defined.
- Violin: Kyriakos Petras
- Clarinet: Nikos Angousis
- Kanun: Alkis Zopoglou
- Percussion: Yorgos Pagozidis
- Lute and singing: Drosos Koutsokostas