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 Any Klarino Players here?
Author: petrosv 
Date:   2024-02-22 22:03

I am Greek and always wanted to play Greek style clarinet so I just bought an Albert Couesnon Bb clarinet and am experimenting with MP's and reeds. I'm playing a .060 Otto Link Tone Master (yes a clarinet MP from OL) and switching between Rico Royal 1 1.5 and 2 reeds. Very interesting what happens with them in terms of embouchure how much MP to take in and air flow/support. There are several master Klarino player videos on YT but the undisputed veteran is Petro Loukas Chalkias and his tone in unmatched IMO in it's range out timbre bending and expression of phrasing. So wondering if there are any Greek players on the board here who would like to share tips.

Check out this for a taste of Petro Loukas


This is music from Epirus Greece

Ανυπομονώ να μιλήσουμε

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 Re: Any Klarino Players here?
Author: glenndickson 
Date:   2024-03-02 20:03


You may want to check in on The Ethnic Clarinet board here: http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/list.html?f=2

Halkias is amazing- one of my hereos, really. I have seen him play several times here in the Boston area. A few years ago I saw him playing a big dance at a Greek church, he was close to 85 years old and he played, I believe, a 2-3 hour dance set, non-stop, standing up the whole time, and he was more and more on fire as the set went on. I have never seen anything like it. His playing is so beautiful (I love Epirotika!). He was playing with his long-time musical partner, Antonis Kyritsis (not sure if I transliterated that properly), who was also stupendous, probably in his 80's or close to it. What a voice!

Anyway, good luck! Sounds like you are on the right track with your equipment. To me, Greek clarinet is really the pinnacle of clarinet playing!

Glenn Dickson

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