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Notes Rebetes

Con Kalamara, along with Sotiris Kiokpasoglou, Fenia Hatzimihail, Kon Velanis and Alex Petropoulos, take an intimate performance of the Rebetiko tradition to Kew Court House for one night only.

The gramophone era’s Greek folk music will revive emotions and memories of Old Greece from the inter-war period.

The music is a gritty, raw and true snapshot of people reeling from the devastation of World War One. It encapsulates the hardship of poverty and totalitarian rule in a Greece that’s now long gone.
Like the Blues in parts of America, the Greek government of the 1930s prohibited playing or recording Rebetiko music. The genre survived and is now enjoying a resurgence led by younger artists and audiences.

Notes Rebetes lead musician Con Kalamara says: “The music hasn’t really been performed in Australia. It’s played in Greece in little pockets of obscurity, but this repertoire will give the audience live access to music that was banned when it first came out.”
Breathing new life into traditional Greek songs and uniting the classical and the contemporary, this performance at Kew Court House will feature the music of Markos Vamvakaris and celebrate his remarkable life story.

Con Kalamara’s passion and musicianship is legendary, and tickets for this performance are sure to sell fast.

The intimate performance will be almost 2 hours including intermission and Boroondara Arts bar will be open.