Musical Odyssey II Featuring the Greek Music Ensemble
In Greek, nostos stands for the unappeased yearning to return to the home country; it is Odysseus’ eternal longing to touch the soil of Ithaca. Nostos has been a distinct and rich source of inspiration and artistic creation for Greeks. The Greek Music Ensemble is bringing the concepts of nostos and xenitia (living as a stranger in a foreign land) to the Berklee Performance Center in a concert of Greek music from the last two centuries. In genres ranging from folk and rembetika to urban songs and contemporary art songs, the music will convey nostalgia for the homeland, the joys and sorrows of life in a foreign land, the grief of separation, and the emotional ingredients that make up the fabric of the immigrant psyche.
In this concert, the Greek Music Ensemble is honored to collaborate with highly acclaimed guest performers, members of the world music scene, and talented Berklee faculty and students that specialize in traditional performance practices with traditional Greek and Middle Eastern musical instruments. The ensemble’s approach to the performance is based on a critical exploration and interpretation of the unique stylistic and technical aspects of the music, and on a highly skilled, elaborate, and inspired presentation of it.