On November 29th musicians from many of London's favourite Greek bands will come together in a rare Rebetiko Big Band performance. Plastikes Karekles, Kourelou, Pakaw, Megla, Moosootoo, and others join forces to help raise money for the upcoming London Rebetiko Carnival 2016. A festival of music, seminars, shadow puppet theatre, and instrument exhibitions.
Rebetiko is the music of an urban sub culture called “Rebetes”. It emerged in Greece in the 1920s, but is a rich synthesis of music from all over Greece, Asia Minor, Ottoman modal art music, Byzantine chant, and cafe music. The music expresses the pain and suffering of the people at the time, through war, poverty and incarceration, as well as other deeply felt sentiments and aspects of everyday life. Although the bouzouki is the instrument which has been mostly associated with the music, the rich tapestry of influences in the music has been coloured by the many different instruments used; oud, kanun, violin, accordion, guitar.
Rebetiko Carnival celebrates this amalgamation of cultures, instruments, and people.