The mission of the Anatoliama non-profit is to preserve traditional musical art forms of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean regions through concerts, recordings, educational programs and scholarships, to promote intercultural dialogue through music, and to encourage the creation and presentation of new contemporary musical work with folk roots.
Anatoliama Ensemble specializes in the rich musical traditions of Greece, Cyprus and Eastern Mediterrannean regions. The ensemble consists of three highly acclaimed musicians and educators from Greece and Cyprus, all of whom are graduates of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. They have all studied their musical traditions in depth and they currently present them in the United States and around the world.
Their story began in 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts where the members met through the Berklee College of Music community, with a common love and passion for traditional music, and since then, they have built an audience amongst Greek and non-Greek communities around the world.
The ensemble’s mission is to present and preserve Greek traditional music, through live concerts, in the United States and abroad as well as to offer music educational programs to academic institutions and the youth of various Greek communities.
The ensemble’s members have a long list of credentials that include performances with Petroloukas Halkias, Christos Zotos, Danilo Perez, Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen to name a few and appearances in prestigious venues such as: the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Princeton University, MIT, Harvard University, Cornell University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Megaron - Athens Concert Hall, WOMEX in Poland and the 2018 Annual Archon Weekend event in New York City.
Vasilis Kostas is an acclaimed laouto player from Epirus, Greece who has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and WOMEX. He is a graduate of the Masters Program of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and has shared the stage with Simon Shaheen, Antonio Serrano and Tigran Hamasyan. His groundbreaking performances on the laouto aim to open new horizons for the instrument in both the Greek traditional and jazz worlds. This is featured in his latest collaboration with Grammy Award winning pianist Danilo Perez’s “Global Messengers’ group and his upcoming duo album recording with master clarinetist Petroloukas Halkias.
Panagiotis Aivazidis is a rising kanun player from Serres, Greece. He attended the Music School of Serres, the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Berklee College of Music on full-tuition scholarship. He has performed at Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall in tribute to Domna Samiou, a prominent Greek researcher and performer of Greek folk music. He has studied under figures in music such as Goksel Baktagir, Simon Shaheen, Christiane Karam, Alain Mallet, and Socratis Sinopoulos. He has collaborated with the Consulate General of Greece in Boston, the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Tufts Department of Music as a guest lecturer.
Born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus George Lernis is a drummer and world percussionist. In addition to the drums George specializes in a number of instruments such as: the Darbuka, Bendir, Riq and Davul. George holds a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Jazz Performance and a master’s degree from Longy Conservatory in Modern American Music. Over the last few years George has recorded and collaborated with prominent figures and ensembles such as: Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, Tiger Okoshi and A Far Cry String Orchestra to name a few. George has performed in venues such as the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
ANATOLIAMA ENSEMBLE WORKSHOPS:
Anatoliama aims to offer music educational programs and workshops of Greek traditional music to academic institutions and Greek American communities in the US. Inspiring the youth to explore the variety of our rich musical heritage or rediscover and revisit elements of their cultural identity has always been a big part of our ensemble's mission.
The workshops are adjusted to the musical level and experience of each group and they include the teaching of Greek and Mediterranean melodies, rhythms of the region, as well as discussions of the historical and cultural background of the music.
Some of our group's past workshops were held at Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Tufts University and the Greek School of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn, MA.
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