Ney and Maqam Modal Music

Coordination: Nikos Paraoulakis

25 - 31 August

Duration: 30 ώρες

Timeline: 10.30 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 19.30

Language: English, Greek

It has been many years since the western musical world has discovered the richness of the maqam. Phrasing, aesthetics, melodic and formal development together with its vivant nature has revealed to the musicians an open space to explore.

Nikos Paraoulakis, ney virtuoso and an always-open-to-creativity musician and producer, will be running a workshop in Music Village 2021 where musicians will be exploring the maqam by the use of tools such as improvisation, introduction to classical repertoire and performance practice in the context of group playing.

The workshop is open to all musicians interested in modal improvisation, wishing to learn more about this magnificent musical world!

The workshop is open to all musicians interested in modal improvisation.

cv paraoulkis 2020Nikos Paraoulakis

Nikos Paraoulakis was born in Crete in 1977.
In 1995 he moved to Athens to study music. He completed his studies acquiring diplomas after being taught and under the wing of Panagiotis Adam, Joseph Papadatos and Basilis Foster in Harmony and Counterpoint, of Thanasis Koumenteris in classical guitar and under Yiotis Samaras in Jazz Guitar.
From 2000 onwards, he has mostly been interested and involved with Eastern music traditions. Motivated by this, he was taught the wind instrument called Ney with Harris Lamprakis and Omer Erdoğdular as his teachers.
During the years that followed, he collaborated with many renowned composers and musicians of both Greek and other ethnicities (e.g. Eleni Karaindrou, Sokratis Malamas, Alkinoos Ioanides, Orpheus Perides, Haig Yazidjian, Antonis Apergis, Marta Sebastyen, Karine Polwart, Haris Aleksiou, Eleni Vitali, Loudovikos ton Anogeion, Vasilis Skoulas, Nikos Kipourgos, Thimios Atzakas and many others)
Between 2005 and 2006 he taught Ney in the Insitute of Higher Education of Epirus in the department of traditional music.
In 2014 the first album with his personal work is released under the name “By Light and by Darkness” (“Apo to Fos kai to Skotadi”), comprising of his own music and of lyrics written by Dimitris Papacharalampous. Orchestration and sound processing were also achieved By Paraoulakis.
He is a member of "Hopla Loon" and "Polis Ensemble" whose debut album with original compositions, was released in 2017 under the name "Polis Ensemble".
Nikos Paraoulakis is an active musician and he participates both in concerts and studio recordings in Greece and abroad.