Bourgie Hall presents

Constantinople – From Byzantium to Persia, A Song…

The Constantinople and En Chordais ensembles join forces once again to present a creation based on their most recent discoveries in early manuscripts. A concert highlighting masterpieces from the Persian, Ottoman and Byzantine musical traditions.

Constantinople (Montreal)
Kiya Tabassian, director

Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 2001 in Montreal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian.

En Chordais (Greece)
Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, director

En Chordais is based in Thessaloniki (Greece). The ensemble is active in the domain of multicultural, learned and popular musical traditions of the Mediterranean, exploring both their creative continuity and their meeting with contemporary musical trends, in a fusion mood. Through an osmotic procedure the group successfully combines Byzantine and art music of Mediterranean with Greek regional idioms and contemporary music. Collaborating occasionally with virtuosi from all over the world, the ensemble presents a multimedia mosaic dating from the 13th century to today. The result is a timeless dialogue between different cultures and eras.

Renowned for extensive research on the musical legacy of the East Mediterranean, En Chordais has entranced audiences all over the world. This appreciated ensemble has been invited to perform in very special and important concert halls: the Library of Alexandria, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Institut du Monde Arabe and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the BOZAR in Brussels, the City Hall Concert Hall in Hong Kong… are just some of them. The group has also collaborated with top musicians from Greece, the Arabic world, Iran, Turkey, Israel, China, Canada as well as from Europe.

Kiya Tabassian, sétar, voice, co-direction
Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, oud, voice, co-direction
Nikos Andrikos, voice
Didem Basar, kanun
Hamin Honari, tombak, daf
Tanya LaPerrière, viola d’amore
Kianoush Khalilian, ney
Patrick Graham, percussion

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 8:00pm
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