Muses of the Mediterranean, Isidora Bouziouri
Doors open 7.30pm.
Music starts 8pm
A TRIBUTE TO MARIKA NINOU
It is very hard to speak in past tense about a figure “who engraved deep inside us the names of the gods of abjection and byzantine decadence with her voice's dagger” (Manos Hadjidakis). She reflects the ground breaking historic moments of contemporary Greece that marked her short life; the Catastrophe of Smyrna, her growing up in one of the core refugee neighbourhoods of Athens, World War II, The Civil War, the reconstruction of post-war Greece and the transformation of Greek Society. She sings her life, her heart and her pain out; her sincere, almost pervasive singing makes her recordings sound like she's then an there when you listen to them. “With her singing, she illustrates the woman of urban, grass-root society of her time” (Yorgos Papadakis) and transforms the way of singing, marking the technique of the next generations of female singers until today.
A Personal Note.
We are grateful and excited to have Isidora as a part of this series. She is returning to London after a powerhouse performance for the Rebetiko Carnival, June 2018. In the final concert of the festival, dedicated to “Women of Rebetiko” she performed certain songs of Marika Ninou to rapturous enthusiasm and applause from the public. She is a passionate and magnetic singer who clearly lives every word that she sings and she seemed the only possible choice for this particular tribute to one of Greece’s most iconic singers.
Isidora Bouziouri is an Edinburgh-based Greek singer and actress. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She studied Music & Theatre in Athens and in New York. She has experienced Greek folk music from a very early stage and she has performed as a singer in weddings, feasts and taverns across Greece for over 10 years. She has performed as a Jazz & Blues singer and she is keen on blending all these influences together. She has also been in numerous theatre-performances in Greece, Scotland and beyond and she keeps a passionate interest for Ancient Drama.