Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jiannis Loulourgas "live": S'agapo yiati eisai oraia

One of these rare occasions, when magic is in the air. Late at night we came to a place called "Karafaki" in the port of Pythagorio on the island of Samos. After some time, my friend Jiannis Loulourgas, luthier and singer/bouzouki player, came walking along the harbour on his way home, but decided to stop and join us at our table for a drink or two.

We convinced him to play some songs for us despite the fact that he already had played all evening in a restaurant. So he opened his bouzouki case again, took out his bouzouki and sang and played a couple of songs for us. This is pure music, a voice and a bouzouki, nothing more!

I was glad to have my audio recorder with me. Here is one of the songs he sang in that night: "S'agapo yiati eisai oraia". A beautiful traditional song originating from Asia Minor. Listen and sit with us - at least acoustically - at our table in that night of September 27th, 2008.
In the background you can even hear the music of a tavern nearby.

The photos of Jiannis depicted in this presentation I took in the summer of 2008 at a different site in Pythagorio called "Notos".

Jiannis Loulourgas "live": S'agapo yiati eisai oraia from Peter Molz on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The beautiful north coast of Samos: Avlákia and Tsabou

This presentation shows some impressions from my visits to the small village of Avlákia and the beautiful Tsabou Beach, located in close vicinity to each other on the north coast of the east aegean island of Samos in Greece.

Avlákia will not reveal its beauties if you just pass through with a car on the main road along the coast, as I did for many years! Like I did, you need to stop there and stroll around the narrow lanes and tiny places to discover the charming environment along the seaside with the beaches (pebbles), several hotels and taverns.

The beautiful north coast of Samos: Avlákia and Tsabou from Peter Molz on Vimeo.

The old town of Brasov / Romania in December

During a journey through Transilvania in December, I was paying a visit to the old town of Brasov/Kronstadt in Romania.

Souma distillation on the island of Samos in Greece

Presentation showing the procedure for the distillation of pomace to yield the alcoholic beverage Souma (Tsipouro). Souma has at least 38-40 percent of alcohol!

Photos were taken in a pot still with a nice copper cauldron, located near the village of Stavrinides high above the north coast of the island of Samos in Greece.

The music in this presentation is performed by local musicians, recorded 2008 "live" on a wednesday in a special place called "Notos" in Pythagorio on Samos:

Jiannis Loulourgas (bouzouki, main vocals),
Jiannis Karavasilis (guitar, vocals)
Makis Karavasilis (bouzouki, vocals)

Please watch video in 480p

Samos 2009 a fascinating experience

A presentation of the greek island of Samos in the east aegean. Accompanied by music from local musicians and music groups.
Sorry but that I can't supply you with the smell and taste of the delicious greek dishes shown too!

Samos 2009, a fascinating experience from Peter Molz on Vimeo.

Mainz in Winter 2007 / 2008

Impressions of the winter season 2007 - 2008 in my home town Mainz, located on the river Rhine in Germany. Even a winter in Mainz has its sunny days! Presentation in 16:9 format.

Presentation of a greek musician

The combination of regional traditional greek music with photos of the village of Pythagorion on Samos island in Greece. Music played by luthier and singer/bouzouki player Jiannis Loulourgas from Pythagorion!

Rebetika Tragoudia / Rebetika (Rebetic) Songs from Peter Molz on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Multimedia presentation Mainz

A virtual visit to the city of Mainz on the banks of the river Rhine in Germany!
Music by Mark Gillespie and Thomas Drost who I met playing in the center of Mainz on two sunny days in April 2009.

Images of Mainz / Mainz-Images from Peter Molz on Vimeo.