Aman molli: Concert with Rebetiko Trio (Vangelis Hatzigiannis, Mirsini Athitaki, Eirini Zogali)

Saturday 27 January 2023, Aman molli: Concert with Rebetiko Trio (Vangelis Hatzigiannis, Mirsini Athitaki, Eirini Zogali). The doors will open at 8pm, and music will start at 9 pm.

Aman molli and Joe’s Garage are hosting a music concert. Music Concert: From Athens to Corinth to Thessaloniki, from jam sessions to concerts to recitals, Mirsini, Eirini, and Vangelis come together as a trio, exploring the world of Rebetiko. Their performance features their favorite compositions from the pre-war and post-war eras, with the aim of resurrecting stories, sounds, and music from the Greek gramophone of the 20th century.

Vangelis Hatzigiannis: guitar, vocals
Mirsini Athitaki: vocals
Eirini Zogali: bouzouki, vocals

Aman molli: Rebetiko music workshop with Eirini Zogali

Friday 27 October 2023, Aman molli: Rebetiko music workshop with Eirini Zogali, from 19:00 to 23:30

Born in Corinth, Greece Eirini Zogali started her music studies in the age of 7 with classical guitar. In 2009 she got accepted in the local music school where she took an interest for the first time in Greek traditional music and in tampoura, a three string instrument with great music history. From tampoura she transitioned to the Greek bouzouki (also three strings) in the age of 15 and coordinated with it deeply. In 2015 she started her bachelor studies with specialization in the bouzouki at the Department of music science and art in Thessaloniki. During her studies there she experienced different styles of Greek, Balkan and Turkish music, with bouzouki as a tool of translation. With the guide of her teachers she learned how to come in touch with the essence of the instrument, which was created by constant experimentation and change in the techniques and the tunings, and that’s how she likes to represent it. After her graduation she got accepted to the Master programme of Codarts, Rotterdam where she studies the percussive side of the oud (an instrument also of great importance to her) and its possibilities, while at the same time she is teaching the bouzouki with students from all over the world.

This workshop will be an in depth presentation of the rebetiko, through its history and of course its repertoire. In this workshop, there will be a discussion and analysis based on the compositions that will be learned, and of course a lot of playing. The workshop is open to every level and every type of musician (vocalist, instrumentalist). The workshop will start at 7pm and last until 9pm. After the workshop, there will be a jam session.

Aman molli concert with Primi Secondi

Friday June 2nd 2023, Aman molli concert with Primi Secondi. The doors will open at 8pm, and music will start at 9 pm. Donations welcome.

Primi Secondi are an ensemble of immigrants and students located in South Holland. Inspired by the evident similarities of Rotterdam with the maritime and multicultural background of early 20th century Piraeus, they attempt a strictly amateur interpretation of inter-war Rebetiko and post-war Greek Folk compositions.

Οι Πρίμοι Σεγόντοι είναι ενα ανσάμπλ οικονομικών μεταναστών και φοιτητών στη νότια Ολλανδία. Αντλώντας έμπνευση από τις εμφανείς ομοιότητες του Ρότερνταμ με το λιμανιώτικο και κοσμοπολίτικο χαρακτήρα του Πειραιά στις αρχές του 20ου αιώνα, επιχειρούν μια αυστηρώς ερασιτεχνική απόδοση προπολεμικών ρεμπέτικων και μεταπολεμικών λαϊκών συνθέσεων.

Orestis Strymponis: vocals
Chris Toitos: bouzouki
Kostas Patsis: bouzouki, vocals
George Germanos: guitar
Vangelis Christantonis: baglamas, vocals

Aman Molli is an open collective workshop for modal music, broadly defined as music following melodic pathways that are outside the two standardized Western scales and associated harmonies. Instruments and Music Styles Any kind of acoustic instrument (Strings, percussions, wind, voice). Many of the instruments used today (guitars, bouzoukia etc.) have even-tempered tuning so the maqams/dromoi are not the traditional Arabic/Turkish/Persian microtonal versions but the westernized adaptations. One of the objectives is to explore the differences. In the same spirit, we add harmonic structure (in guitars or mpaglama chords etc) where possible.On the rhythm side we explore the various characteristics rhythms of these regions/musical tradition (9/8 etc.).

Benefit VoKu for medical funds and Rebetiko live music

Saturday February 18th 2023, Benefit VoKu and live music to cover medical funds for our comrade G.
Music with Rebetiko Trio: Eirini Zogali (oud, bouzouki, vocals) Vanessa Kourtesi (vocals) and Asteris Varveris (laouto, guitar, vocals). Food from 7pm, music from 9pm.

In a world of exploitation, repression, and authority, fundamental rights like public and free health are increasingly fading to make room for privatization. This is also the case in Greece, where healthcare is translated as a product and source of profit which automatically means that the access to it is a privilege of those that belong to the upper classes of society, while low-class, minorities, and groups that live in the gutter are excluded and treated as “low-level” citizens.
The only solution is to stand next to each other and make steps for the world we want to be part of. A world without discrimination of any kind, without exploitation between living beings, no bosses, and no masters! We support each other against the world of individualization and capitalistic brutality.
Solidarity is our weapon!

Aman molli: Vocal Workshop with Vanessa Kourtesi & Special Concert with Vanessa Kourtesi and Asteris Varveris

Friday February 10th 2023, Aman molli: Vocal Workshop with Vanessa Kourtesi & Special Concert with Vanessa Kourtesi (vocals) and Asteris Varveris (laouto, vocals). The workshop will start at 7pm and last until 9pm. After a short break, concert. Donations welcome.

Workshop: In this short course, we will explore the dynamics of singing using performance techniques. Through group exercises and playful techniques, we will discover ways to relax and refocus our singing practice. Using the valuable benefits of group working, we will have the chance to experience group reflection and singing and explore voice in relation to our body as well. The workshop also includes vocal exercises, vocal group practice and technical and performance guidance. Each participant is asked to bring a short singing piece (one verse or one chorus would be enough) to practice and to play with through the workshop.

Aman Molli is an open collective workshop for modal music, broadly defined as music following melodic pathways that are outside the two standardized Western scales and associated harmonies. Instruments and Music Styles Any kind of acoustic instrument (Strings, percussions, wind, voice). Many of the instruments used today (guitars, bouzoukia etc.) have even-tempered tuning so the maqams/dromoi are not the traditional Arabic/Turkish/Persian microtonal versions but the westernized adaptations. One of the objectives is to explore the differences. In the same spirit, we add harmonic structure (in guitars or mpaglama chords etc) where possible.On the rhythm side we explore the various characteristics rhythms of these regions/musical tradition (9/8 etc.).

Aman molli: Benefit dinner & Special Concert – Asteris Varveris & Eirini Zogali

Saturday 3rd December 2022, Benefit dinner & Aman Molli special concert with Asteris Varveris (laouto, guitar, vocals) & Eirini Zogali (oud, bouzouki, vocals), music from Eastern Mediterranean tradition and Greek rebetiko. Doors open at 6.30 pm, music starts at 8 pm. After the concert, there will be a jam session, so you’re more than welcome to bring your instruments! Donations welcome.

Before the concert there will be a 3 course dinner served as of 18:30. Any earnings will support the medical expenses of our 6yo fella Stefanos in Athens who is going through a sequence of surgeries. For more details about the cause, or alternative ways to support it, please ask the Aman Molli crew on Saturday.

Asteris Varveris and Eirini Zogali count six years of performing together as a duo. What started with purely rebetiko repertoire, led to experimentation of several eastern Mediterranean traditions and with different instruments! From guitar to laouto and from bouzouki to oud. Asteris and Eirini find a way to perform music that coordinates with them, with rebetiko being always their most important starting point. In the first part of the concert, the duo will present new compositions of the Eastern Mediterranean tradition, and new arrangements of traditional melodies of Greece. In the second part, the rebetiko will take over until the end of the performance.

What is rebetiko? It’s a greek urban folk music that was created in the 1920s and blossomed until the ’60s, with thousands of gramophone recordings that have been left behind for the new generations to represent it and study it. The main instruments of the genre are folk guitar and greek bouzouki.

Aman Molli is an open collective workshop for modal music, broadly defined as music following melodic pathways that are outside the two standardized Western scales and associated harmonies. Instruments and Music Styles Any kind of acoustic instrument (Strings, percussions, wind, voice). Many of the instruments used today (guitars, bouzoukia etc.) have even-tempered tuning so the maqams/dromoi are not the traditional Arabic/Turkish/Persian microtonal versions but the westernized adaptations. One of the objectives is to explore the differences. In the same spirit, we add harmonic structure (in guitars or mpaglama chords etc) where possible.On the rhythm side we explore the various characteristics rhythms of these regions/musical tradition (9/8 etc.).

Aman molli: Special Concert

Friday 11 November 2022, Aman molli: Special Concert, Turkish melodies with Duygu Alkan (voice), Alexandros Papadimitrakis (Oud), and Burak Savaş (violin). Door opens at 7pm, music at 9pm.

Aman molli and Joe’s Garage are opening the doors for a special music concert! Later at night jam will follow. Donations welcome.

Aman molli: Benefit voku for the Ypostego social centre and Rebetiko night

Friday 28 october 2022, Aman molli: Benefit voku for the Ypostego social centre and Rebetiko night. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. Music on the stage from 9pm.

Ypostego is a social center based in the southern suburban part of Athens with long history in activism and solidarity actions. The building is very old with no complete maintenance done in these years. Recently, some houses started to be built exactly next to Ypostego. Due to the drilling and excavations in order to create the foundations of theses houses the ceiling of Ypostego fell. The cost of repairing the ceiling and also fixing spots on it that will fall in the next months is way too high. We, a group of comrades that used to be actively participating or actively solidaire to that place when we were based in Athens, decided to organize an event with Rebetico music in order to gather some money for helping covering the costs as minimal act of solidarity.