Greek Fringe: Singing workshop with Martha Mavroidi

Greek Fringe is pleased to host an online singing workshop with renowned vocalist, musician and ethnomusicologist from Greece – Martha Mavroidi!
This workshop will be held on zoom and is open to a limited number of participants. The workshops will take place on Tuesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm (AEST) 11:30am-12:30pm (Greece time) throughout the month of May. Once you have registered, you will receive a meeting link and resources in the lead up to each workshop.
In this workshop we will learn folk songs from different parts of Greece, focusing on the stylistic details of each region: the ornaments, the musical intervals, the rhythmic nuances etc. At the same time we will get a glance at the ethnographic background of each song, the rituals that it accompanies and its place within the yearly cycle of festivities.
Martha Mavroidi is a singer, lutist and composer from Greece.She has been singing and playing folk lutes from her childhood, performing music from Greece and the Balkans. Later she developed an interest in contemporary music, blending elements of folk music with contemporary harmony and improvisation.She graduated from the Music High School of Pallini, and she has studied Musicology in Athens, Ethnomusicology in London and Los Angeles, and Contemporary Music in Amsterdam. She has collaborated with important musicians and ensembles such as the legendary Greek folk violinist Stathis Koukoularis, ECM artist Savina Yannatou, English folk singer and violinist Eliza Carthy, and the Greek National Opera. With her Quartet she has performed in various venues in Europe and the USA. She is a member of the vocal quartet “Yasemi”, and she conducts the “Happy Hour Choir”, a workshop in the form of a vocal orchestra, and the Greek Folk Choir “Rodia”. She has composed music for prize-winning short and feature films, and for dance and theater productions. Since 2013 Martha is the artistic director of Tinos World Music Festival. She has released five albums: The Garden of Rila (2009), Portaki (2012), Agiorgitiko (2014), Thread and Needle (2017), and Magiatiko (2019), and has published a book with arrangements and compositions for a cappella voices “Thread and Needle” (2019).
– Lessons will take place via zoom. You will need access to zoom in order to participate. You can sign up free of charge, here:
– No prior assumed knowledge of Greek or Greek songs is necessary as the lesson can be conducted in English with transliterated lyrics.
Cost: $50 (AUD) includes x4 one-hour sessions throughout the month of May.
Workshop dates and times:
The workshop will take place the first four Tuesdays in May from 7:30pm – 8:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time / 11:30am-12:30pm (Greece time).
4 May, 7:30-8:30pm (AEST)/ 11:30am-12:30pm (Greece time)
11 May, 7:30-8:30pm (AEST)/ 11:30am-12:30pm (Greece time)
18 May, 7:30-8:30pm (AEST)/ 11:30am-12:30pm (Greece time)
25 May, 7:30-8:30pm (AEST)/ 11:30am-12:30pm (Greece time)