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The concert “When I Forget, I Feel Joyful” on ERT World

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ERT World broadcasts the music and dance performance “When I Forget, I Feel Joyful“, which took place at the Athens Concert Hall, produced by International Center of Epirous Music in its first television broadcast. Greeks worldwide have the opportunity to watch the first part on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 13:00 (Athens time).

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Fifty musicians from Epirus, mostly young, along with a polyphonic ensemble and a large dance group from the Lyceum Club of Greek Women of Athens participated. All songs are traditional, as are the acoustic instruments used by the musicians. The songs sung refer to emigration and love, originating from the most significant musical idioms of Epirus. The polyphonic ensemble ‘Inoro’ also participated in the concert.

Represented regions included Pogoni, Parakalamos, Zagori, Metsovo, Souli/Thesprotia, Syrrako-Kallarytes of Tzoumerka, Konitsa, Metsovo, Ioannina, and Preveza.

Part 1: «Songs of Emigration»

The human pain of emigration, the “living separation,” and uprooting from their homeland, experienced by the Epirotes over the last centuries, are narrated through numerous songs that are played and heard even today.

The program includes three different yet interconnected voices that introduce us to the world of Epirotic sound: The first is the ‘voice of nature,’ followed by the ‘voice of humans,’ and then culminates with the ‘voice of musical instruments’.

The songs that follow refer to the anxiety before departing for abroad, to the caravans and ships that carried the emigrants, to the pain of those left behind, to the loneliness and nostalgia of the emigrants, to their yearning to return to their homeland, and finally to their joyful return.

Artistic Advisors: Lefteris Drandakis Nikos Zekis Tasos Plitsis
Production managers: Technotropon – Artway
Video Recording – Editing: Giorgos Georgoulas
Produced by: International Center of Epirus Music

Under the auspices of the Panepirotic Confederation of Greece and the support of the Region of Epirus.

Watch the first part in repeat on Monday, December 11, at 02:00 A.M (Athens time)

The concert will also be available on the international version of ERTFLIX after its TV broadcast.

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