Tarantella

Traditional dance of Southern Italy, which is connected with the ancient Greek colony of Taranto, near Brindizi and Lecce at the centre of Greek-speaking villages in Salento. The “Tarantella Pitsika” is the most characteristic ritual dance of Southern Italy and it is associated with the phenomenon called tarantismos, a form of manic crisis which is…

Flamenco

The term flamenco was first used in 19th century; it is defined as a type of music and dance coming from Spain. Flamenco embodies a complex musical and cultural tradition. It originally came from the region of Andalusia, where it was developed as a separate subculture with a center in Seville, Cadiz and Malaga, but…

Gypsy swing

The gypsy jazz from France, jazz manouche. Gypsy swing started as a form of jazz by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in 1930, who gave “gypsy” feeling in jazz swing era. Until 1950 he worked with a team of gypsy guitarists in Paris, including the brothers Baro, Sarane and Matelo Ferret, his brother Joseph “Nin-Nin” Reinhardt,…

Aptaliko

Aptailiko is either a solitary dance or face to face dance, like Greek Karsilamas or Zeimpekis. It origins from “abdal”- degree initiation at Turkish Dervishes (the word aptal meaning dazed, slow, dumb). It has Persian origin. It’s a war dance and it could be danced by one or two people. The movements of the dance…

Lute

Lute is a stringed instrument which has a significant role in Greek traditional music. It is used mainly on islands, accompanying lyre, violin etc. It resembles with oud, but has larger arm and great features. The original name comes from Arabic “al oud” which means the wood or otherwise from the tuning of chords A…

Buleria

Buleria is a kind of fast pace flamenco. Most probably it comes from the Spanish word bulrar which means funny. It started with Jerez in the 19th century which is the rate that allows maximum freedom of improvisation and communication of the performer with public but requires very good technique, speed and flexibility. It is…

Cajon

Spanish musical percussion instrument, like a box that the performer sits on it and plays. It is a replacement for drum, in fact it is a simple wooden box, which surface is made with lightweight and thin wood to vibrate when a musician hits with palms. Cajon has origins in Peru .It is accompanied by…