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AKTINA FM SPRING 2014 FUND DRIVE CAMPAIGN
ON THE AIR ON WNYE 91.5FM APRIL 26 - MAY 18
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GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY 2014

TRIBUTE TO NISIOTIKA & REMBETIKA WITH N. KONITOPOULOU & D. KONTOGIANNIS
JUNE 6, 2014 - THE KAYE PLAYHOUSE AT HUNTER COLLEGE, NY
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21 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE & CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ARTS, CULTURE
AND PUBLIC RADIO BROADCASTING!


Since 1993 AKTINA Productions, Inc., excells in the arts, culture and public service radio broadcasting.  As we reflect back during our long vibrant and productive presence in New York's cultural scene, we are extremely proud and honored to have earned the great respect and support of the public we serve, comprised by Greek Americans and members of the general audience.  AKTINA prides itself for producing memorable live performances and programs celebrating Greek and Cypriot culture and for bringing you the highly rated progams AKTINA FM on WNYE 91.5FM and AKTINA TV on WNYE Ch. 25 and on Ocean TV20.

AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV are brought to you by a team of dedicated volunteers and are supported through the generous contributions of their devoted audience.

We promise that we will continue with greater determination to preserve our mission of bringing you our unique live performances and our popular radio and television programs.  To achieve this however, we need more public support because following the severe cuts in State and City grants over the past few years, we can no longer rely on the local government to fund AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV.  We invite you to support our mission of providing these two unique media outlets by making a tax-deductible contribution today.

AKTINA FM IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE COLLECTIVE SUPPORT OF ITS DEVOTED AUDIENCE!
PARTICIPATE IN OUR SPRING 201
4 CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF OUR BROADCAST FEES ON WNYE
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AKTINA FM is holding its on-air fund drive campaign on WNYE 91,5FM the weekend of April 26 and 27 for four consecutive weekends until May 16 and 18, 2014.  We lease nine hours weekly from WNYE 91.5FM for our weekend broadcasts every Saturday from 3:30-8pm and every Sunday from 1:30-6pm.  Through the collective support of our fans and listeners our goal is to raise $60,000 to preserve this valuable bilingual radio show on the air for the next six months until our next drive this fall.

Celebrating 21 years on the airwaves of WNYE 91,5FM, public service radio AKTINA FM is brought to you by a team of very dedicated volunteers and through the generous support of its devoted fans and listeners who actively participate during our annual fund drives. 
If you are already a member in our big family of supporters, we invite to please renew your support and if not please join us today.  All contributions are tax-deductible under 501 (c) 3 of the I.R.S.  Call us today at 718-545-1151 to make your tax-deductible contribution or donate right here through PayPal is fast, easy and safe.

We thank you in advance for renewing your support and we welcome all of our member/supporters.
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GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY 2014
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Purchase your tickets today and don't miss AKTINA's new concert on Friday, June 6th at 8:30pm at New York's historic theatre, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Prices: $80, $70, $65, $50, $30 & $40 handicapped. Call AKTINA at 718-545-1151 to charge.  A $5 cc surcharge/processing fee applies for every ticket purchase.  All sales are final.  No exchanges/refunds. Tickets are also sold at the Greek Superstore, 23-33 31st Street in Astoria, NY. To see the Kaye Seating Plan  click here.

Continuing its tradition of producing very unique concerts of high quality which promote the representative aspects of the Greek music repertoire, AKTINA proudly presents its new musical performance which will highlight the Nisiotika (Folk Songs From The Greek Islands) and the Rembetika (Greek Blues).

Our featured artists, Nasia Konitopoulou in the Nisiotika and Dimitris Kontogiannis in the Rembetika, stand out as "true" representatives of these musical genres.  They are accompanied by a team of exceptional musicians including Michalis Gampierakis on violin/vocals and bouzouki player Nikolas Sarantis.

The Kaye Playhouse where the concert is taking place, is one of the most beautiful and historic theatres in Manhattan featurinf exceptional acoustics and amazing theatrical and comfortable seating without any obstructions. Apart from the orchestra on the main level the Kaye also features two balconies with an amazing view of the stage.  Each performance at The Kaye is always a memorable experience because no matter you are seated you have an excellent view!

Left: A view of the orchestra & stage on the main level.






Right: A view of the orchestra on the main level and the two balconies above.

Since 2013 AKTINA is hosting all of its concerts at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College and the positive feedback the organization has been receiving from its concert fans have been overwhelming. 

Join us on Friday, June 6th at 8:30pm for yet another unforgettable performance that will entertain you with the most representative and loved songs from the Greek islands and the great Rembetika with the best and most representative artists from Greece!

Nasia Konitopoulou accompanied by the amazing Michalis Gampierakis on violin in the folk song
"Ston Apollona Sti Naxo" (At Appollonas in Naxos)


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Dimitris Kontongiannis in the Rembetiko Song "O Psaras" (The Fisherman)

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The outstanding bouzouki player Nikolas Sarantis in the instrumental of the Rembetiko song
"Varethika ton Argyle" (I Am Tired of Smoking The Argyle)

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Brief Biography -Nasia Konitopoulou was born in Athens but her origins come from the Greek island of Naxos. She comes from a prominent family of folk musicians known as the “Konitopouleoi” which was established by her late father, the legendary and renowned folk artist Giorgos Konitopoulos who is also referred to as “the Teacher” of folk music/song and who is much credited during his lifetime for preserving and promoting the traditional folk music of Greece and specifically the folk music of the Greek islands and specifically of the Aegean. Nasia grew up listening to the sounds of her father’s violin as he played and composed music and it was only natural for her to pursue a singing career in this field of traditional music. At the early age of 10 she was already singing next to her father during his performances throughout Greece. She officially launched her professional career after finishing high school in 1989 with her father by her side... .  Nasia has her own website and also a FB page for her fans to visit.

Brief Biography - Dimitris Kontogiannis who comes from the small town of Davlia in the prefecture of Viotia, is among the leading artists in Greece who serves the rembetika and laika songs for over three decades. He is a multi-talented musician and singer who adheres to the authentic form and norms of the music he represents and who has dedicated his entire life promoting and preserving this type of music. His love for music was expressed at a very young age and during his teenage years he joined the Municipal Philharmonic of Livadia as a trumpet player. At the age of 22 he moved to Athens and continued his studies in music at the Athens Odeon. In 1973 he launched his professional career as a guitar player and a singer appearing in various Boite venues in Plaka. He is a founding member of the music group “Rembetiki Kompania”, one of the leading groups of the 70’s that revived the rembetika songs of Greece in their authentic form. The group released three albums featuring everlasting songs by great Rembetika composers/singers. Following his work with Rembetiki Kombania he collaborated with composer Nikos Xydakis and lyricist Manolis Rasoulis and released the albums “Ekdikisi Tis Gyftias” and “Dithen” with the participation of singer Nikos Papazoglou...read more. Dimitris has a FB page for his fans to visit.

Brief Biography - Michalis Gampierakis excels in the field of traditional folk music of Greece as a folk violinist and singer. He was born in Athens but his roots come from the Greek island of Patmos. He grew up in a family of folk musicians – his father was a Laouto player and his uncle a traditional violinist – and it was only natural for him to pursue a similar career. He is a self-taught violin player from a very young age. Growing up he met the renowned folk musician Giorgos Korros and studied with him and later continued his studies with yet another renowned folk musician, the legendary Giorgos Konitopoulos. During the launch of his professional career his first important collaboration was with folk singer Vangelis Konitopoulos and thereafter with Nasia Konitopoulou whom he also married and together they have become among the leading folk music duets of Greece. Over the years he has also collaborated with other members of the renowned Konitopoulos family such as Eirene and Eleni Konitopoulou-Legaki, Angeliki and Stella Konitopoulou, as well as with other well-known traditional folk musicians such as Manolis Karpathios. He has also appeared and performed with legendary Greek stars such as Vicky Moscholiou, Antonis Vardis, Lakis Halkias and others. Apart from his ongoing performances in concerts and tours all over Greece and abroad, he has also participated in numerous recordings as violin player and singer, while he released two personal albums. In the first album he sings folk songs from the Dodecanese and in his latest released in 2012 he sings traditional as well as new folk songs which he wrote and composed.

Brief Biography - Nikolas Sarantis. The magical journey in the world of music started at the very young age of four for Nikolas Sarantis when he was given a toy harmonium. There was also bouzouki instruments in his home but he preferred to play the harmonium. Just before he reached the age of eight he joined the Arahova Philarmonic playing euphonium and tumba (toomba). His love for the bouzouki came about soon after when he heard the bouzouki maestro Themis Mavraidis playing at a nightclub with a 4-string bouzouki. This intrigued him to further discover this instrument which his father also played but never wanted him to learn. So without his father knowing he started on his own to learn how to play both the 8-string as well as the 6-string bouzouki....Read more.  Nikolas has a FB page for his fans to visit.


For more information about this concert send us an email, aktina@aktina.org or call us at 718-545-1151.