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Epirus - Polyphony and Petroloukas Chalkias

Traditional music from the remotest parts of Greece - in this programme Lucy Duran visits Epirus, high up in the north on the Albanian border. Including the ancient and almost lost art of polyphony.

In search of traditional music, Lucy Duran travels to two of the remotest parts of Greece.

This week she visits Epirus, high up in the north on the Albanian border. As well as the ancient and now almost lost art of polyphony, the region is famous for its clarinet tradition. She meets its greatest exponent Petroloukas Chalkias who performs an exclusive set for the programme.

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  • Lucy Duran visits Epirus

    Lucy Duran visits Epirus, a region with unique musical traditions.

    Duration: 08:11

  • Music Played

    • Petroloukas Chalkias

      Mariola (partially under speech)

    • Petroloukas Chalkias

      11 Sons of Epiruus

  • The Clarinet in Epirus

    Lucy talks to Petroloukas Chalkias about the history of the Clarinet in Epirus.

    Duration: 05:30

  • Music Played

    • Petroloukas Chalkias

      Skaros

  • The music of Epirus.

    Lucy interviews Thalia Iakuvidou about the music of Epirus.

    Duration: 04:36

  • Lucy visits a mountain village

    Lucy visits a village and hears local men singing polyphony in the local language.

    Duration: 11:21

  • Lucy in Ioanina

    Lucy meets Sotiris Katsuras, a violinist who plays in the tradition of north Epirus.

    Duration: 05:04

  • Music Played

    • Sotiris Katsuras

      A traditional lament

  • A Clarino player

    Lucy speaks with Clarino player Petroloukas Chalkias about the changing traditions.

    Duration: 05:33

  • Music Played

    • Sotiris Katsuras

      The Nightingale (Partially under speech)

    • Petroloukas Chalkias

      Mariola

    • Petroloukas Chalkias

      Alismono ke Kherome (Partially under speech)

  • Petroloukas Chalkias

    Petroloukas Chalkias tells Lucy about his own experience as a Greek immigrant to the US.

    Duration: 08:26

  • Music Played

    • Petroloukas Chalkias

      Mariola (Partially under speech)

  • Petroloukas Chalkias performs

    Lucy concludes the programme dedicated to Epirus music.

    Duration: 05:06

  • Music Played

    • Petroloukas Chalkias

      A traditional piece

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