Aesthetical lapses and musical identities

A workshop on the musician’s psychological make - up, orchestration and songwriting

Lefteris Moumtzis
(Cyprus) & Fotis Siotas (Greece)

19 - 25 August

Duration: 33 hours +
Working time:
10.30 - 11.30: interactive / group sessions
12.00 - 14.00: workshop sessions
17.00 - 19.00: interactivity among workshops

What is our musical identity? We are a member of many musical groups where we feel we belong, but at the same time something is missing. We play music for work and we also play music for art. How often are these two contained in one and why is it so rare? Lefteris Moumtzis together with Fotis Siotas as extremely diverse musicians invite professional and amateur musicians of all ages and backgrounds to a workshop whose main purpose is to "uncover" the reasons that collectively and individually stop us from completing our creative desires. As a starting point, we will share our stories and our dreams with the group.

The workshop will include playing and analysing performances and compositions, as well as listening of material from students and looking at material they use to promote their work. The aim is for each student to leave the workshop a little more conscious and more self-confident, with new and meaningful ideas about what he / she ultimately wants to accomplish.

The workshop is open to anyone involved with music, but also to anyone who is involved in anything creative! All workshops will be interacting with one another during some time of the day.

moumtzis cvLefteris Moumtzis

Lefteris Moumtzis is a musician and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly twenty years, Lefteris has produced acclaimed solo and band recordings. His albums with Trio Tekke represent milestones of contemporary greek rembetiko music, while his records as J.Kriste, Master of Disguise are a blend of 70's folk and 'Reflections' era Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis seen from a modern perspective. His composing offerings can also be found on records from bands like the rock trio The Low Spark and the Greek prog-folk group Sotires in which he is a steady member as well. He has also composed music for several theatrical performances, and he is the organiser and artistic director of the Fengaros Festival, Fengaros Music Village and Lefkosia Loop Festival.

siotas cvFotis Siotas

Fotis has been an active musician for 25 years. As a violinist and singer he has collaborated with Thanasis Papakonstantinou, whose album he produced "O Elahistos Eaftos", with Alkinoos Ioannidis, with Babis Papadopoulos, Giorgos Christianakis, Yiannis Aggelakas and many others. He is also a permanent collaborator of Socrates Malamas for ttwenty years. He has played in numerous studio recordings and has composed music for several theatrical productions and contemporary dance performances. He has taught in workshops in the “Music Village” of Pelion - Greece, in the “Musical Fireplaces” of Ikaria and in “Fengaros Music Village” in Cyprus. Fotis together with Kostas Pantelis as the duo Sancho 003 they have released two albums and since 2016, he is the singer, violinist and key composer of the group Sotires.