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    thanks to margriet greydanus, this appeared on my FB page - lovely, exhuberent playing:


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    That's lovely - I really like his sense of phrasing.

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    Very beautiful playing. It's amazing how versatile a mandolin can be.

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    He's a great player (and also a good singer).

    Stelios Petrakis has a newish quartet which features mandolin.
    (The mandolin starts to feature at 11.45)

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    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video! Beautiful piece and masterfully played.
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    Very nice! I love that bass lyra. I have never seen one of those.
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    Some good mandolin here.
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    Absolutely uplifting to the spirits!
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    I was in Crete last June and my mind was blown by the music and the place. We're going back this year!

    Michalis Kontaxakis is also famous for blazing new trails in Cretan music and sometimes teaches at this very interesting school in Heraklion:

    http://labyrinthmusic.gr/en/seminari...lin-kontaxakis (nice L&H, Michalis!)

    One from his YT channel:


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    This is a nice atmospheric video of what looks like Michael Kontaxakis playing at Semeli Cafe across the road from the Labyrinth Music Workshop in Houdetsi, Crete. Really good sound on the mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon View Post
    This is a nice atmospheric video of what looks like Michael Kontaxakis playing at Semeli Cafe across the road from the Labyrinth Music Workshop in Houdetsi, Crete. Really good sound on the mandolin.
    Hey David, have you been to the music school?
    What’s it like, and the island?
    I just looked at the offseason flight prices and it seems possible to actually maybe go there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by atsunrise View Post
    Hey David, have you been to the music school?
    What’s it like, and the island?
    I just looked at the offseason flight prices and it seems possible to actually maybe go there...
    Yes I went there in March, to a Group Workshop led by Spanish musician Efren Lopez, of whom I am a huge fan. There were only 5 of us along with Efren.
    Efren has just done another one last week as part of the summer programme, with far more participants. (Check his Facebook page).

    It was really great and I got a lot out of it, but I didn't find it easy. It helps if your sight reading is pretty good, as some of the rhythms are very different from what I'm used to.

    A Cretan mandolin-specific seminar might be easier, maybe.

    I didn't have time to see much of the island. There are classes every day with quite a long lunch break, so I just decided to stay where I was, although we did manage to visit some nearby villages.

    Crete is not as easy to get to in winter as you might think, by the way. I couldn't find a direct flight to Heraklion in mid-March. Had to fly to Athens then get a small local flight. There were very few people on either of the Athens -Heraklion flights.
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    Thanks David, sounds good, Iíll have a look.


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    Michael Kontaxakis again
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