"LEROS MEETS THRACE..."

 

Evritiki Zygia traveled to the beautiful island of the Dodecanese on 23/05 for the annual performance of the dancing Association of "Artemis" of Leros. Within the two-day show were presented dances and songs from all over Thrace, Northern, Eastern and Western with the music accompany the Thracian orchestra.

               
                            


 


"SEMINARS ABOUT TRADITIONAL THRACIAN

DANCES."

 

Two seminars about the traditional dances of Thrace are to take place in March in northern Greece. The first one takes place in Drama on 07, 08/03 and the second one in Feres 21, 22/03. The topics of the seminars consist exclusively all regions of Thrace, while leading researchers dance instructors who will be the rapporteurs of the seminars will pay particular attention to both the individual style of the characteristic dances and songs of each region and to traditional costumes of each place . The feasts of the two seminars surrounds Evritiki Zygia, with music and songs from all areas taught.

Look at the links below for further details, as well as for the ways of participating.

http://diavasinet.gr
https://www.facebook.com/events/1396283237341852/?pnref=story

 


"KALES KAMILES (GOOD CAMELS)"
 


In the spirit of these days, we present you the new official studio recording of Evritiki Zygia. It is a customary song of Eastern Rumelia - Northern Thrace, the "Kales Kamiles" (Good Camels), played by musicians during the Thracian custom of Camels and encountered with different variations throughout almost the wider territory of Thrace. According to historical sources, this song comes from the Great Monastery of Eastern Rumelia and was being played during the big feast on the first day of the New Year, when it took place and the Custom of Camels,  by the traditional instruments of the region, which was the bagpipes, the flute, the lyre, the kaval, the accordion, the violin and of course the davul. Refugees from the Great and Small Monastery of Eastern Rumelia are identified today in various cities and villages of Greece, including Aeginio of Pieria, Trikala of  Imathia, New Monastery of Domokos and the Great Monastery of Larisa, where of course the inhabitants of these regions keep alive the traditions and customs of their ancestors and  revive them unchanged every year, with the same songs and dances  as the old ones...


The musical phrases that make up this recording are original recordings of old musicians of northern Thrace, that are still being played even by the modern musicians of those regions.


Special thanks go to Ioannis Prantzidis and Dimos Prantzidis from Aeginio of Pieria for the valuable information they gave us about this song and how to run it, as well as Alexandros Karadedos and Konstantinos Katsantouras from Alexandroupolis for the concession of their personal musical recordings, which have been used to a large extent during the recording of the song.


Best wishes to all of you for the new year, with health, happiness and beautiful authentic and meaningful moments with people and places you love.

Good listening ...

 


Kales Kamiles (Good Camels)-Zwnaradiko dance from Nothern Thrace



2nd GATHERING OF THE "EVRITES" ASSOCIATIONS.

Extracts from the 2nd Gathering of the "Evrites" Associations  held at the Music Hall of Komotini and organized by the "Evrites" Association of Rodopi on 13/12/2014. The event was attended, besides the organizer Association, the "Evrites" Association of Xanthi, the "Evrites" Association of Kavala, the "Evrites" Association of Drama and the "Evrites" Association of Serres. Evritiki Zygia covered musically the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VULZhnQ6JUE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxeRLvnKWR8 




THE CAMEL'S CUSTOM 26/12/2014.

With deep faith that our tradition, morals and customs should be a way of life and not just memories of the past, we invite you to join one of the most beautiful customs of our country, the "Camel's Custom", revived for sixth consecutive year by the Folk Cultural Association of Ano Oinoe - Orestiada "To Krasochori". One of the many prevailing versions about the origin of the custom says that the camel starts its journey from the depths of the East accompanied by its masters in order to spread around the world the message of hope and joy of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is worth noting that the custom is detected in almost all the villages of the territory of Thrace, with a strong presence in North Thrace, with the only difference that there it takes place the day of the New Year.
In Evros, the "Gagauz" people of Oinoe get out the streets of Orestiada on the second day of Christmas, on December 26, where with traditional songs and dances celebrate the news carried by camel. The city is flooded with the sounds of the bagpipes and the lyre, the tabor and kavali and the feast continues endlessly from early morning until late at night ...
Rich photographic material from the "Camel's Custom 2013" can be found in the category  Media-> Visual. Follow the links below to watch live the last year's Custom...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9SBPwnFS4s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub4-i6nnThA







EVRITIKI ZYGIA IN DIDIMOTEICHO OF EVROS 

(29/11/2014).


Perhaps the most hardcore feast Evros organized once a year in Didymoticho Evros by the Cultural Laographic Association "Ta  Didima Teichi". For the third consecutive year was held a memorable celebration with Thracians guests from the whole region of Thrace. Of course the Bagpipe and Lyre did not stop playing at all ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zaqPGiE1j4






EVRITIKI ZYGIA IN SERRES (15/11/2014)


The twinning of of the Cultural Laographic Association "Ta Didima Teichi" and the Thracian Association "Thrakiki Estia Serron" followed Thracian feast that lasted until the early hours. Watch short excerpts from both the revival of the custom of marriage in Eastern Thrace and the feast that followed ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Uo2ob-cKo&feature=share
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPr15C_fM6g&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRGpNsv563g





EVRITIKI ZYGIA IN THE 6th THRACIAN

GATHERING.

 

 

The traditional band "Evritiki Zygia" was the band of the greatest thracian event which took place in the heart of Thrace, Didimoticho, on 3-6 July,organized by the Cultura Laographic Association "The Didima Teixi" and the Panhellenic Federation of Thracian Associations. The primordial traditional Thracian instruments of Evritiki Zygia starred for the second time in the pinnacle of the Federation, as the first participation of the orchestra at the Gatherings was held in 2010 at the 3rd Thracian Gathering of Feres.
During the event, cooperated with Evritiki Zygia:
George Drikoudis accordion,
Katerina Douka singing.
Special thanks go to our photographer and videoartist Deligianni Anastasia, who was constantly with us and recorded all these beautiful and unique moments.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNcQvd074Aw



THE 10th GATHERING OF PITHIO VILLAGERS.
 

For the third consecutive time the Evritiki Zygia appeared at the Evros border village that revives at summer and celebrates the return of migrants in the first weekend of August. Watch highlights from the "10th Gathering": 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flYRZWpC5S0



THE 6th THRACIAN GATHERING IN DIDYMOTEICHO

OF EVROS.

 

The greatest cultural event of the year takes place for the first time in the heart of Thrace, Didymoteicho. Almost two weeks left for the 6th Thracian Encounter on July 3-6. Thracian associations from all over the world will come to Evros and dance with the sounds of the bagpipes and theThracian lyre. The band of the Encounter: EVRITIKI ZYGIA ...

 

Watch the advertising spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YN1gfexEfc



THE EVRITIKI ZYGIA'S PERFOMANCE AT THE TV

SHOW "ELLINON DROMENA"



The show "Greek Events" travels to Evros where searches for the deeper meaning of Thrace, as reflected in the musical culture of the area and captures images that are rare to find ... 28 minutes of music, dance, celebration, emotion, culture, history .. .28 minutes of Thrace ... Evritiki Zygia stars at the documentary and shows the charming "marrying" of the primordial Thracian instruments and their presence in local societies through the centuries ...

Watch the documentary on the website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5wgy0Kv4RA