Greek Music Journey Concert Series

GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ)

AN ACCLAIMED CONCERT SERIES

HIGHLIGHTING THE DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIVE ASPECTS OF GREEK MUSIC

 

GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ) Concert series was introduced for the non-profit Media and Arts Cultural Organization, AKTINA Productions, Inc., by Elena Maroulleti in 1994 and fully established in 1997.  The purpose of the series is to promote and preserve different aspects of the representative music of Greece such as the traditional, folk, popular folk and rembetika genres which comprise the basis of Greek music. Initially the series featured New York-based representative Greek American singers and musicians and performances and were mostly given in local venues in the Borough of Queens, New York until their fame surpassed the boundaries of Queens. For three consecutive years, 1998, 1999 and 2000 GMJ was selected by the Lincoln Center concert committee to represent Greece during their annual “Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival” given every August before over 10,000 spectators.  In 1999, AKTINA also produced its first GMJ concert at a renowned venue in Manhattan. On March 7, 1999 at the prestigious Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, GMJ 1999 was presented before a full house of guests.  The sold-out performance featured 34 Greek American performers consisting of singers, musicians and folk dancers in a one of a kind musical production which showcased the different representative music genres of Greece such as, Byzantine, Demotic, Island Folk, Rembetika, Laika (popular-folk) and Contemporary.

 

Since 2006, Greek Music Journey concert series exclusively features distinguished and prominent artists directly from Greece who perform at renowned New York City landmark theaters in Manhattan.  Between 2006 and 2010 GMJ was hosted at The Town Hall Theater and since 2013 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. In 2013 the series was expanded to include two annual concerts, the first given in the spring and the second in the fall. Starting in 2014, CYPRECO has been collaborating with AKTINA Productions, Inc., in the co-production and presentation of several concerts from this series in support of the mutual cultural mission of the two non-profit organizations.  The concerts are given to benefit the public service and commercial-free media, AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV.

 

Each new concert is dedicated to a specific music theme thus making each new performance unique and one of a kind. The participating artists who are invited to come and perform are carefully selected and fully represent AKTINA’s selected music theme. Over 13 years starting from 2006 to 2019, seventeen (17) different concerts have been given with Greek leading stars accompanied by their musicians and, in their majority were sold-out.  All concerts have been crowned with huge success and have received raving reviews from the press and from those in attendance.  The stars who have participated thus far include: Alkistis Protopsalti (2006), Kostas Makedonas (2007), Manolis Mitsias (2008), Melina Aslanidou (2009, 2010, 2013), Lavrentis Machairitsas with Panagiotis Margaris and Dimitra Papiou (2013), Lavrentis Machairitsas with Miltos Paschalis (2015), Lavrentis Machairitsas with Giannis Zouganelis and special Guest Star Mario Frangoulis (2017), Nasia Konitopoulou, Dimitris Kontogiannis with folk violinist Michalis Gampierakis (2014), Giannis Savvidakis (2014), Yannis Kotsiras (2015, 2017), Eleni Tsaligopoulou & Bogaz Musique (2016), Babis Tsertos (2016, 2018), Andreas Karantinis (The Magic of Bouzouki 2018) and  Bouzouki Legend Thanasis Polykandriotis (2019).  Watch all music videos from these concerts on the AKTINA TV Youtube Channel in the Playlist Category Greek Music Journey Concert Series (GMJ).

 

The global coronavirus pandemic that struck the world in 2020 ruined our plans both in that year and in 2021. As our priority is everyone’s health and safety, we had to cancel GMJ 2020 with Kostas Makedonas which was planned and advertised for many months prior.  As the health and safety protocols continued to be in force throughout 2020 and almost throughout 2021 and as theaters remained closed during this period, it was impossible and unsafe for AKTINA to proceed with any advance planning for the production of any concerts or any other live activities FY21.  We hope to be able to resume the production of the GMJ concerts in the very near future.  For updates, please send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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