Workshop on Vocal Traditional Music

Coordination: Avgerini Gatsi

25 - 31 August


Duration: 30 Hours


Timeline: 10.30 – 14.00 & 
17.00 – 19.30

Language: Greek







How familiar is traditional singing to us nowadays?
How is this tradition able to reveal new ways of expression to modern artists? Can we trace its “footprints” in time?

In this workshop we will deconstruct melodies of well known traditional tunes and we will try to understand their musical codes. We will be introduced once again to old polyphonic singing, to the way language and rhythm have shaped our musical expression since the very early human time, since they are “lands” always worth visiting again and again! We will try to detach ourselves from our common educational tools and we will explore different ways of communication, narration and voice posture comparing to the way we perceive them today.

The workshop is open to singers and instrumentalists interested in traditional singing and spoken tradition, in general.





Avgerini Gatsi 2021Avgerini Gatsi

Was born in Athens in 1989 though her family originates in Ipeiros. She first started piano lessons at the age of eight .She studied at Pallini music high school where she was taught both the theory and practical side of Byzantine and European music (harmony), ney ,saz and piano.
After high school she studied the theory of Eastern music (makam) at the Athens conservatory for three years with Christos Tsiamoulis and continued the ney with Haris Lambrakis. She has taken part in seminars at the Labirynth workshop in Crete with Omer Erdogdular (ney), Yurdal Tokcan (oud), Zohar Fresco (rhythm), Mercan Erzincan (Turkish Chalke song), Ross Daly (composition-makam) and Socrates Sinopoulos (makam). She is studying music at University of Athens (UOA), and for four years has taken part in the orchestra of the Uni (2008-2011) Since 2010 she teaches greek folk rebetiko singing and more at choirs in Athens and at summer music workshops in Greece, Europe and other countries. The last 9 years she is a member of music band called “Rebetien”. She has cooperated with: Alexandros Papadimitrakis, Michalis Kouloumis, Evgenios Voulgaris, Thimios Atzakas, Latinitas Nostra, Elektrobalkana.
She has participated in Womadelaide, Womad NZ, Les suds a Arles, Festival d Imaginaire, Libanus greek film festival, Errichetta festival, WIM (what is music), Udaipur festival.