"Τhe Art of Amané"

Workshop for Makam vocal improvisation

Coordination: Yiannis Dionysiou, Iakovos Moisiadis


25 - 31 August 


Duration: 30 hours
Working time: 10.30 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 19.30
Language: English, Greek






Ah and aman. Words that consist the basic interjections of the vocal improvisation of the Rum’s Eastern Mediterranean Music. Amanes or manes. We will dive in to the world of amane, by listening, conversating and trying. Iakovos Moisiadis will accompany playing the lavta.






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He was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1990. At the age of five, he started taking piano classes and at the age of ten, violin classes at the Cyprus Olympic Conservatory, as well as classes of Music Theory and Harmony. At the age of eight, he started taking classes of Byzantine Music. He graduated from Music School of Nicosia, the Department of Music Science and Art in University of Macedonia, in Thessaloniki, in the major of Byzantine Music, with specialization in “Performance in Chanting Art” and he has a master’s degree in “Chanting Art” from the Department of Music Studies in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
In July 2019 he takes part in “Fengaros Music Village” in Cyprus as an instructor of a workshop about Greek Urban Folk singing. Since 2019, he teaches the course “Folk Song” in the Department of Music Science and Art in University of Macedonia.
During his residency in Thessaloniki and Athens, he takes part in many music ensembles, performing and playing music with influences from the Greek Folk, Traditional and Urban music in the beginnings of 20th century. Since 2013 he has taken part in many theatre productions as a singer.
Since 2014, he participated in various albums, radio and TV shows. Recently he released his first personal album “Proti Volta”, including compositions of seven different composers, while the lyrics are written by Kostas Fasoulas.








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Iakovos Moisiadis 

Iakovos Moysiadis was born in 1990 and raised in Ptolemaida. Music has played a very significant role in his life from an early age, since his family background and the broader refugee profile of the area brought him close to various traditional musical idioms from Greece, the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean. The lute family instruments (three-string bouzouki, lutes, lavta and saz) were the means through which he could initially express his experiential relation to music and transform it into a modern, personal aesthetic approach.
He has studied music at Ionian Univercity in Corfu, Department of Music Studies, Specialization in “Music Pedagogy and Music Psychology”. The five-year-long degree is officially recognized as an Integrated Master’s Degree.
Second master at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Department of Music Science & Art, «Music Arts», Specialization in Greek Musical Traditions: Bouzouki Interpretation Performance, Head Professor: Lefteris Tsikourides.
Thesis: “Bouzouki-Tabouras in Traditions with Lyres, Douzenia – Alternate Tunings”.
Today he is finishing his second Bachelor degree at the same university, Department of Music Science & Art, Greek Traditional (Folk) Music, Specialization in Lavta, Head professor: Socrates Sinopoulos, Univeristy of Macedonia, Greece.
Since 2010 he is a music teacher and performer. He has participated in various recordings, films, radio and TV shows, festivals, and has worked with numerous music groups and performed in Greece and abroad. He lives in Thessaloniki for the past four years and has been performing with: The Draw Quartet, Almost Trio, 24 Grada, Leftokarya, Zygia Duet, Kafe Aman Quartet, L.E.PA.