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 RE: BALKAN CLARINET MUSIC
Author: Christoffer 
Date:   2001-04-19 18:55

The Museum of Folk Music Instruments in Athens have courses in traditional greek music, including clarinet. They have a website at http://www.culture.gr/4/42/421/42109/e4210901.html

I don't know much about these courses, however - never tried myself. In central Athens, in the flea market district near Avissinias square, is a music store with at notice board where lessons are offered. There might be some for clarinet.

I'm also pretty new to the clarinet and would like to play balkan stuff. In Greece, the clarinet is mostly connected with the music of the Epirus region on the mainland - a beautiful and unspoiled place, by the way. The Chalkias family is famous (may also be spelled Halkias or Khalkias), especially Tassos and Petro-Loukas. Excellent recordings with those are widely available. Another famous clarinettist is Nikos Karakostas. These people play by ear, so sheet music is sparse.

I have a CD with greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti - the title is "Paradekhtika". She sings songs composed by yugoslav composer Goran Bregovic, who drags heavily on the local folk tradition. Many of these songs are pretty simple, and I have learned to play them on clarinet by listening. On the record, she is accompanied by a faboulous clarinet- and sax-player, Ferus Mustafov. He is a gypsy from Macedonia and plays a metal clarinet, like it is often done in Turkey.

I have never been to Turkey, but I have lived for six months in Athens, so if you have questions about Greece, clarinet related or otherwise, feel free to e-mail me.

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