1. Jiannis Loulourgas is a luthier, bouzouki player and singer from the village of Pythagorio on the island of Samos in Greece. I first met him in 1999 and since then we became friends. I have spent many many hours listening to his music and talking with him on his ideas about life and politics. This presentation is about his music, his shop, his performances in taverns in the harbour and the beautiful village of Pythagorio.

    In spring of 2008 Jiannis finished a new CD. The album is called "Rebetika Tragoudia" (Rebetika Songs) and contains 12 masterful interpretations of traditional rebetic songs. On some of the songs his daughter Maria joins him in singing. The CD is available only locally in shops in Pythagorio on Samos island.

    You like the music of Jiannis? You can experience Jiannis playing his music "live" 3-4 times a week during the season in the village of Pythagorio! Depicted in this presentation are some musicians who play(ed) together with Jiannis in Pythagorio (during the past years).

    Interested in buying a handcrafted extremely good sounding instrument? Visit his shop "Pythagorios" in Pythagorio and see how he makes his bouzoukis, tsouras and baglamas!
    Samos bouzouki school:

    Come and spend your vacations on the beautiful island of Samos in Greece.

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  2. The greek luthier, singer, bouzouki player and music teacher Jiannis Loulourgas from the island of Samos demonstrates the sound of the very well known greek stringed instrument called Bouzouki.

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  3. The greek luthier, singer and bouzouki player Jiannis Loulourgas from the island of Samos demonstrates the sound of a greek stringed instrument called Tsouras (τζουράς).


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  4. A video about the greek luthier, singer and bouzouki player Jiannis Loulourgas from Pythagorion, island of Samos, Greece. He is talking about his shop "Pythagorios" and his "Samos Bouzouki School".
    Jiannis is demonstrating different greek stringed instruments like Bouzouki, Baglamas and Tsouras, and you can see and hear him playing "live" in "Thanasis' Sister" in the harbour of Pythagorion, where he performs every night together with guitarist/singer Alexis Papos (summer season 2011).

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  5. 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".

    I met Jiannis on my first vist to Samos way back in 1999. It was my second night in Pythagorion, and I was exploring the narrow lanes of that picturesque village in a hot august nigth. I heard music, followed the sound of bouzoukis and I stood in front of his shop! Since then, his music and hospitality and our discussions on politics have always accompanied me when I stayed on the island of Samos.

    I included some photos of the beautiful hand-crafted instruments build by Jiannis!

    Digital audio data: Olympus LS 10
    Photos: Nikon D700

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The music of Jiannis Loulourgas

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