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The term "lingua franca" is from a particular example, Meditteranean Lingua Franca. Lingua Franca was a mixed language composed mostly (80%) of Italian with a broad vocabulary drawn from Old French, Greek, Arabic, Portuguese, Occitan and Spanish. It was in use throughout the eastern Mediterranean as the language of commerce and diplomacy in and around the Renaissance era.
Lingua Franca circumnavigates on a musical wandering. A journey during which the rich eastern mediterranean traditions and western music elements blend and compose a colourful soundscape using music as their common language.
The ensemble creates and performs music with respect to the character of the modal music cultures. Being free from the need to create expressive exaggerations, Lingua Franca leads the audience on an emotional journey, offering euphoria.
The members originated from Greece, Cyprus and German carry with them their own geographic musical experiences. The just ten years old atmospheric sound of the tarhu blends with the intense and bright color of the violin creating a unique alloy. The emotional though dynamic voice of the oud perfectly matches the multilateral and powerful character of the percussions.
Finally the oldest of all instruments, the human voice, comes to fulfil the final painting.
Lingua Franca creates and performs music with respect to the character of the modal music cultures. Being free from the need to create expressive exaggerations, the ensemble leads the audience on an emotional journey, offering euphoria.
Michalis Cholevas: tarhu, yayli, tambour, ney
Michalis Kouloumis: violin
Giannis Koutis: oud, fretless guitar, voice
Ruven Ruppik: percussions
Performance commence at 20.30
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