Thursday 1st October 2015 12.30 Lunchtime Leatherhead Methodist Church
Pavlos Carvalho, bouzouki Pavlos Mélas, guitar
2015 Season Sponsor: Patricia Morgan Optician
Supported by: Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Traditional & Popular music from Greece, featuring improvisations on the bouzouki, instrumental pieces, and world-known sing-along melodies.
Pavlos Carvalho started his musical studies with his father Santiago and then Stephen Popov. After gaining a BA in Ancient History he went to the Royal College of Music (RCM) to study cello with Steven Doane and later, Jerome Pernoo. There, supported by a scholarship from the RCM and the Countess of Munster Trust, he graduated with distinction in solo and chamber music performance.
As a bouzouki player Pavlos performs regularly with groups such as the London Greek Collective and Plastikes Karekles. He arranges and orchestrates Greek traditional music for both folk and classical instruments. Pavlos has performed in festivals such as Venice, Majorca, Padova, and the Cardiff Proms, in Britain and abroad. He also runs a monthly Greek music series, Rebet Asker, at the Green Note, London, which charts the history of Greek Rebetiko music from its roots in Smyrna and Constantinople to the present day.
Pavlos Mélas was born and raised in a musical family in Athens Greece. He studied classical guitar from a young age and took on popular music as a teenager. He published his first album with the band 'Atiko Minus' in Athens in 1999.
He came to London the same year to pursue an MA in Arts Management; he also completed a teaching diploma in Byzantine music. He has since led his own bands and collaborated with well known artists in the UK and Europe . Through a number of concerts and media features, Pavlos has been promoting and raising awareness of Greek traditional music in the UK and internationally.
You will find are samples of Pavlos Melas playing on his website: http://www.pavlosmelas.co.uk/music.html
Concert at Home
If you are unable to come along to today's concert of Greek music, here instead is a selection of links to recordings on similar themes and in similar styles.
While we were waiting for programme details to come in we found this recording of Pavlos Carvalho playing the cello in Rachmaninov's Sonata Opus 19. Pavlos originally graduated from the Royal College of Music on cello. The pianist is Andrew Quartermain:
In this video both Pavols Carvalho and Pavlos Melas are performing with Rebet Asker at the Green Note, London, as Martha Frintzila and the Greek band MooSooToo sing Anathema ton aitio (Damn the reasoned). You will find the original text and a translation on youtube:
Pavlos Mélas has recommended this next link to a performance by his group Kourelou (English: Patchwork).
Notes from youtube: On Oct 19th 2013, the Greek band 'moosootoo' was invited to perform at
the 'Greece is the Word' (GITW) events in the Purcell Room at London's
GITW was the inspiration of journalist and
Greece-lover Rosie Goldsmith. The idea was to celebrate the vibrant
Greek culture behind the Greek crisis by inviting contemporary Greek
writers, media and artists to perform together in London.
Melas' 'moosootoo' band played a major part in the success of those
sell-out events. Following on from GITW, 'moosootoo''s leading members
realized a long-cherished project aimed at taking Greek music out to
venues and festivals beyond Greece and the Greek community. And so a new
group was formed - 'Kourelou' [eng: 'Patchwork'].