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7th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival

Lo Squintetto

The band from southern Italy meets Mediterranean traditions and rhythms, with modern elements ranging from ethno-pop to jazz. The musicians Nicola Pisani, Vincenzo Naccarato,Carlo Cimino, Piero Agostino Gallina and Francesco Pallone with traditional instruments like the Calabrian lira, mandola, accordion, Portugese guitar Tamani, Cajon, Kalimba combined with bass and saxophone produce authentic and traditional rhythms like the tarantela and pizzica through a complex colorful musical canvas. They frequently appear in International World Music Festivals and they have

recorded 2 cds of their work.


Rialto World Music Ensemble

Two world-renowned virtuosos, Keyvan Chemirani from Iran (percussion) and Kyriakos Kalaitzides from Greece (oud) will cohabitate musically with some of the best contemporary musicians of Cyprus in an attempt to highlight similarities and parallels between the music of the Mediterranean.


Participating from Cyprus Michalis Kouloumis – violin, Rodos Panayiotou – percussion, Andreas Christodoulou – violin and oud, Lefkios Demosthenous – vocals, Stavroulla Kostanti – ney.

A Rialto Theatre production (residency) under the artistic direction of Kyriakos Kalaitzides.


The performances will be given at Omodos on Thursday 5/7 with the collaboration of Omodos’ Community Council

My sweet Canary

A journey, a search for rembetiko and sephardic song to mark the eventful life of Roza Eskenazi, from Constantinople to Athens, Pireaus and America.

Director: Roy Sher

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Lo Cor de la Plana

The band from Marseille sings in an almost forgotten language, Occitan, in an inconceivable way. The exceptional voices of Manu Theron, Denis Sampieri, Sebastien Spessa, Benjamin Novarino-Giana and Rodin Kaufmann, the sounds from clapping and stomping of feet combined with tambourines, and drums take their music down paths that remind us of Africa and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Finland and Varttina, Arabic melodies and occasionally combine with hip hop and reggae. This impressive live musical team is often hosted by some of the world’s biggest music festivals.

Haig Yazdjian

The excellent soloist musician, composer and interpreter Haig Yazdjian, comes from Syria, from where he derives part of his inspiration in the traditions of the country. He has collaborated with some of the greatest artists in Greece and abroad registering an extremely successful course in all stages of musical production, while his live performances always constitute a special event.


Playing oud and singing Haig Yazdjian along with the exceptional musicians Nikos Sidirokastritis – drums, Yianni Kyrimkyridi – keyboard , Petro Varthakouri – bass and Yianni Anastasaki - guitar present a program which contains some of his most known compositions, mixing disparate elements of traditional music of the Eastern Mediterranean.


Twice a stranger

The film unfolds the story through rare archival footage, interviews with historians and compelling oral testimony of refugees from Greece and Turkey. It's a film about people who were uprooted from their homes, their common experience for the lost homeland: the story of being "Twice stranger."


Directors: Andreas Apostolides and Yuri Averof

Sergio Martinez Flamenco Collective

An amazing musical and dance proposal that combines traditional and modern trends in Flamenco. One of the greatest ensembles of Spain by the composer and virtuoso Sergio Martinez, leader of the band (percussion), the internationally renowned musicians, Paco Cruz (guitar), Martin Leiton (bass), Perico Sambeat (saxophone), Juan Jose Amador Moreno (vocals) and the internationally acclaimed dancer Nino de los Reyes.


A unique musical encounter of two generations that move with the same passion between contemporary and classical flamenco.


Zohar Fresco

With influences from Turkish and Arabic traditional music as well as the modern Western music scene, Zohar Fresco does not only constitute one of the most important musicians of Israel but is an internationally acclaimed composer and musician who participates in a variety of musical bands, constantly surprising his audience with his collaborations. His reputation as a musician and virtuoso on percussion (darbuka, bendir, riq, tar) has surpassed the boundaries of Israel ranking him today amongst the top names in the Music World. Along with Antonello Messina (Italy) – accordion, Stratis Psaradellis(Greece) - lira and lavta, Miriam Toukan – vocals, they present a program of their compositions as well as primordial Jewish

traditional music orchestrated specifically for the band.


Perform a cappella: Alexis Kyriacou, Aliki Chrysohou, Andri Antoniou, Arilena Constantinou, Elena Michaelidou, Elena Fotiou, Themis Christou, Theodoulos Charalambous, Iris Pissaridi, Maria Gerosimou, Maria Ioannidou, Marina Kountouridou,Savvia Kozakou

Dorsaf Hamdani

Raised in the musical traditions of Tunisia, she stood out at a young age for her talent and dedication to music. After studying in Tunisia and Paris she continues with the same dedication to build her personal musical identity, collaborating with some of the greatest composers and musicians of the Arabic world. The skill, with which she handles eastern but also western musical techniques, has ranked her among the leading representatives of contemporary Arabic music renaissance.


Participating virtuoso musicians Mohamed Lassoed-violin, Anis Fliss-cello, Mondher Ouafi - percussion and Slim Jaziri - kanun

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