Rebetien - GREECE
Rebetiko music is often referred to ‘the Greek Blues’ and Rebetien perform songs from this tradition, including their own compositions. Their sound evokes many emotions, from melancholic and romantic to dynamic and uplifting. This is an expression and embodiment of everyday Greek lifestyle through music and dance. The focus is on the natural, acoustic aspect of accordion, bass-guitar, bouzouki, violin and double bass.
Rebetien band is a party of four musicians that perform songs and themes mostly derived from the rebetiko and the Greek traditional music repertoire, as well as compositions of their own.
The band’s nostalgic sound is reminiscent of the gramophone records’ period, often subtly combined with alternate, yet closely related, musical styles of various Eastern Mediterranean and Balkan musical traditions.
Great emphasis is placed on the natural, acoustic sound of the instruments performing (accordion, bass-guitar, bouzouki and violin), the combination of which recalls in a sense the typical interwar bands of Smyrna, and on experimenting primarily with their arrangements, creating thus their own distinct sound and style.With their large repertoire and style range, as well as their strongly improvisational disposition, Rebetien band’s mood can vary and go from melancholic and romantic to dynamic and uplifting.
Rebetien band performs weekly at various live-music taverns in Athens, and on occasion has performed at several live-music venues and music festivals in Greece and abroad , including WOMAD - Adelaide, WOMAD New Zealand, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne Rebetiko Festival, Sydney Greek Festival to name a few.