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GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY 2016 CONTINUES.....

 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 
A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT REMBETIKA OF GREECE

WITH LEGENDARY SINGER BABIS TSERTOS & ORCHESTRA
TO CHARGE TICKETS CALL 718-545-1151

Geek legendary singer Babis Tsertos comes to New York for a memorable concert dedicated to the Great Rembetika of Greece (Greek blues).  Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:30pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Co-presented by AKTINA Productions, Inc., and CYPRECO of America from the acclaimed series GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ) and produced by Elena Maroulleti, the concert will revive in the most authentic form the rembetika which comprise the most representative aspect of the Greek music repertoire.

Babis Tsertos accompanied by his band promises a magical evening filled with the most loved and everlasting rembetika.  The Babis Tsertos band is comprised by some of the finest and distinguished musicians and singers including the renowned and leading folk musician Kyriakos Gkouventas, violin, the bouzouki maestro Dimitris Reppas, bouzouki/baglama, Sofia Mermigka, kanonaki/vocals,  Yiannis Tsertos, piano/accordion and Kostas Tsekouras, guitar.


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Prices: $85, $70 Orchestra | $65, $50 Balcony |
$35 Second Balcony | $40 Wheelchair.  Charge your tickets today by calling AKTINA at 718-545-1151.  A $5 cc surcharge/processing fee applies for every ticket purchase.  For cash purchases please visit TITAN Foods at 25-56 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11102. All sales are final. No exchanges/refunds. Tickets will not be sold at the theater.  For the Kaye Playhouse Seating Chart click here.

About the Kaye Playhouse:  This landmark venue is one of the most cozy and beautiful theaters in Manhattan with exceptional acoustics and comfortable theatrical seating without any obstructions.  Apart from the orchestra on the main level, the Kaye also features two balconies with a great view of the stage. Another unique factor of the Kaye is that it is easily accessible by all means of mass transportation. 


A view of the orchestra on the main level                    A view of the orchestra main level and the two balconies    

Directions to the Kaye:  
By Car:
The Kaye is located on the north side of East 68th Street, just west of Lexington Avenue. Parking garages are located nearby, while free street parking is also available on Lexington Avenue after 7pm.  By Train: Take the "6" to the 68th Street/Hunter College station or the "F" to the 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue stationBy Bus: Take the M98, M101, M102, M103 or the Crosstown M66 to East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Briefly about the artist: Babis Tsertos, who comes from a family of musicians, is among the most distinguished and renowned folk singers of the rembetika (Greek blues) for almost four decades.  He officially launched his career as a professional singer in 1980 and soon after he accelerated very successfully becoming one of the most representative rembetika singers of Greece with ongoing performances and amazing collaborations.  Most notably he has collaborated with renowned and legendary singers of the early generation of the rembetika including the great singers Soteria Bellou, Takis Binis, Anna Chrysafi, Keti Grey, Kostas Kaplanis, Koulis Skarpelis and others.  In later years he also worked with other great singers of the later generation of the rembetika such as, Babis Goles, Giorgos Xindaris, Stelios Vamvakaris, Agathonas Iacovidis, Vicky Moscholiou, including the renowned traditional folk musician Chronis Aidonis among many others.

In 2002 he won the award for "best authentic singer" of the rembetika at the "Corfu Awards" and in 2003, the award for "best folk album" for "Anaglifa Mias Tehnis Tapinis" during the "Arion Awards.  He has also collaborated with the folk music group Estoudiantina Neas Ionias, a group which performs and records rembetika and traditional folk songs from Smyrna and has participated as "guest artist" in their album "Smyrne" released in 2003.  The album won the award "best traditional album" during the Arion Awards in Greece. 

Babis Tsertos has released 12 personal albums (among them two collectible series) and has participated as a guest artist in some 35 other albums.  He has also released four exclusive collectible series of albums with rembetika entitled, "Rembetiki Tetras" (The Foursome of the Rembetika) with three other renowned singers.

Presently, Babis Tsertos is considered among the very few remaining Greek rembetika singers and musicians of his generation who continues to serve with distinction and pride this unique music genre which comprises the most representative aspect of Greek music and which is the basis of the  Greek popular folk song (the Laika) which evolved later.


The upcoming performance of Babis Tsertos and his band at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College is not to be missed!


This is  benefit concert is co-presented by AKTINA Productions, Inc., and CYPRECO Of America, Inc., in support of public service media AKTINA FM-WNYE 91.5FM and AKTINA TV-WNYE Ch. 25.  For more information email aktina@aktina.org.  This concert is made possible in part by Arch Capital Group (U.S), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Ammos Estiatorio, Bayside Diner and Madison Restaurant.  Media Sponsors:  ANT1 Satellite and the Greek weekly "I Efimerida Tis Neas Yorkis".

Briefly about the Rembetika:  The Rembetika originated in the Greek port cities of Pireaus and Thessaloniki around the turn of the 20th century following the forced immigration of some 2 million Greek refugees from Asia Minor. Also known as the songs of the harbor and of the underworld, the rembetika initially represented the urban folk songs of a small circle of people living in the harbor, mainly convicts and derelicts who found some joy in drugs. By the late 1920’s and 1930’s however, a burgeoning record industry helped spread the rembetika songs beyond their local class as many rembetika groups became very well-known through their recordings. Markos Vambakis, who is considered the father of the Rembetika contributed even more to the spread of this music genre with the release of great songs which became instant hits. The rembetika gained more popularity in the period of 1936-1948 when Greeks of all classes suffered hardship as a result of an oppressive dictatorship, WWII and the Greek Civil War. Essentially, these events acted as powerful levelers of class structure in Greek society, thus making the Rebetika acceptable to people of all walks of life.


WATCH MUSIC VIDEO 

BABIS TSERTOS "MIN MOU HALAS TA GOUSTA MOU" (Don't Ruin What I Like)





BABIS TSERTOS SINGING
 "PINOKLIS"



BABIS TSERTOS
"MIA MIKRI APO TO PASALIMANI"




BABIS TSERTOS
"5 MAGKES STON PEREA" (FIVE WISE GUYS IN PEREAUS)

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