Music Department

The Music Department is consisted of a violin, lute, tampoutsia and occasionally of an accordion and an oblong folk drum (toumperleki). Besides, excellent voices participate, as of Maria’s Efthymiou-Lazarou and Giorgos’s Minas. The department presents a complete Cypriot musical repertory which includes all of the Cypriot folk songs and dances.

Parallel to this, creative work based on the Cypriot tradition is taking place. Until now, innovative songs and dances having as theme the seeding, harvesting, winnowing, emigration, love, war and the Turkish occupation, have been performed.

In 1991, the first remarkable record album of our group was launched under the title «Vasilitzia mou Perkalli» with music by Adamos Katsantonis, who is also the musical director of the group. Kostas Katsantonis, Antonis and Adamos Katsantonis are the lyricists. This album was a great success receiving exceptional reviews.

In 1998, a new big CD was launched, under the title «Vasilitzia, ton fkioron i vasilissa», of the same composer with lyrics from the following lyricists: Pavlos Liasides, Kyriacos Karneras, Costas Katsantonis, Antonis N. Katsantonis and Dimitris Ttakkas.

In 2005, a third CD was launched, under the title «Ime tzie eyio mita sou». Koulis Theodorou was the composer of the CD and the lyrics were written by the poets, Pavlos Liasides, Antonis N. Katsantonis, Antonis Gavriel Papas and Christos Alekou.

In 2005, also, Maria Lazarou, the singer of the Group, won the second prize of a best voice competition between 18 countries in Lithuania. The Group’s orchestra won the third prize as one of the best orchestra in the competition.

It is worth noting that in our Group a teenager’s music department operates as a training centre for new musicians that wish to work with on the Cypriot music. In this section many youngsters between the ages of 12-17 play various instruments.

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