Workshops 2020

A Festival emphisising on the importance of musical expression

What should have been in 2020 …

The accordionists participating in the Festival, not only attend the seminars and enrich their knowledge, but also participate and express themselves through music.

Either they are beginners or experienced, all accordionists, if they wish, have opportunities during the Festival to play and participate in small groups which are created to present their work and to meet each other by playing the accordion. On the last day of the seminars, small groups of accordionists, scatter on the pedestrian streets of Ermoupolis and fill the city with sounds where they all end together in the main square of the city, where there is a musical presentation of the seminars with the teachers and the participants. Hardly does anyone meet so many accordionists playing and being united by music, that the smiles on their face testify the “musical” joy that cannot be hidden.

Workshops 2020

  • The duration of each workshop is 3 hours per day, morning or afternoon, 15 hours in total.
  • The workshops will take place from Monday 20 to Saturday 25 July 2020.
  • The schedules will be arranged in order to give participants the possibility to follow two courses during the week.

Prices : €100  for one seminar and €180 for two seminars

ATTENTION: registration and membership fees of €15 are required to attend this week.



« From Tango to Cumbia… key elements of the accordion technics…»

with Konstantinos Zigkeridis

In this workshop we are going to work on some kinds of music from Argentina (tango, some examples of Argentinian folklore and cumbia) aiming to play altogether, to experiment with different roles in group performance, to listen, to get to know and experience music from other positions in the space-time continuum. Musicians who play other musical instruments are very welcome.

The seminar is appropriate for beginner accordionists as we are going to work also on areas of technics which can make our music life easier. Starting with simple melodies and basic accompanying functions of accordion, we are going to discover the ‘endless’ dimensions of sound in the fundamental aspects of music. The musical sound properties of other instruments will be helpful to that exploration and our inspiration will derive from the narrative aspects of the music we play. At the same time, there will be space for advanced accordionists or musicians who are interested to delve into the stylistic elements of Argentinian music.

We’ll have the opportunity to play alone looking for improvement and inspiration during solo playing in brief one-to-one lessons for all participants.

 Level: Every level, from beginner level


«A journey into some of the most popular Brazilian music styles»

 with Guilherme Ribeiro

Accordion technics, rhythmic aspects, harmonic concepts and repertoire all based on Brazilian music styles such as Choro, Samba and those that comes from Forró culture: Baião and Xote.

These styles and their particular characteristics can be found in the music of Luiz Gonzaga, Dominguinhos, Jackson do Pandeiro, Pixinguinha, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Ernesto Nazareth, Jacob do Bandolim, Zequinha de Abreu among many others Brazilian composers and artists.

 Level: medium level


« Rhythmic melody, accompanied by two hands»


with David Yengibarian

During the seminar we will work on using different styles and techniques between left and right hand.

We will work with accompanying asymmetric rhythms and melodies found in the Balkan region, Armenian folk music and improvisation.

At the end of the seminar we will present the results to the audience.

 Level: Open but with a focus on intermediate and advanced students.


« Forró workshop for all!»

with Ioanna Aspioti and Lucas Graciano

Forró is the Brazilian, now very much international, hip-swivelling, dance floor-filling, popular music and dance originated in Brazil’s north-eastern states. As some forrozeiros (fans of forró) would put it, “it’s less competitive than salsa and less pedantic than tango…”. It is arguably one of the easier partner dances to master, which would explain why it’s so addictive and increasingly popular!

The music…

Traditionally, the music involves only three instruments: an accordion, a bass drum called zabumba and a metal triangle. This folk music from the arid Nordeste region draws its origins from African as well as European rhythms and was played in the popular balls. There are many styles: in addition to forró, you will hear the words baião, xote, xaxado or xamego, which all describe variations of the same type of rhythm. The lyrics are often full of nostalgia for rain, home, or lost love. The charismatic accordion player Luiz Gonzaga was one of the first, most famous and loved figures that increased the popularity of the genre outside its original region, especially in cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with large populations of immigrants from the Nordeste.

…and the dance

In the traditional style, partners are usually in close embrace and move sideways without any spins or arms movements. However in the recent past a more modern dance style emerged – by incorporating moves from other partner dances, it made Forró more modern and attractive. Apart from the basic steps, Forró is based on improvisation and the interaction of the partners while dancing.

Together we’re going to learn the basics and the characteristic kinesiology of Forró through a choreography we are going to perform in the end of the seminar. We are going to learn also alterations of the basics steps, stylish, rhythmic steps on syncopations of jazz music. Last but not least, we are going to learn how to lead and follow the dance.

The philosophy of the lessons is based on three parameters :

  • To teach good technics as they are a prerequisite for a dancer to perform well whatever they like.
  • To inspire the students to discover their personal style and how they can perform on stage
  • To have enjoyable lessons as in this way you can indulge yourself to what you are learning and dance more often, learn how to have fun on stage and with your partner.


Konstantinos Zigkeridis

Zigkeridis Konstantinos was born in 1991 in Greece. He studied classical accordion in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece (Bachelor, Bmus) with Konstantinos Raptis (2009-2013)  and in the University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover, Germany (Master, Mmus) with Elsbeth Moser (2013-2016). For his studies he received scholarships by the Onassis foundation, IKY (Greek State Scholarships Foundation) and the “Stiftung für die HMTMH” among others.

Because of his fascination for tango he lived in Buenos Aires (2016-2019) in order to study bandoneon with professors such as Rodolfo Daluisio and Julio Coviello in the CSMMF (Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla). There he recorded and produced Cds of his two Buenos Aires-based projects, “Anámnezy” and “Kalo Chiriklo”, the second one supported and financed by “Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires”. He collaborated with artists like: Walter Romero, Brian Chambouleyron, Ana Moraitis, Myriam ¨Nana¨ Henne Adda, Shirlene Silva Oliveira.

His activity and interest for different kinds of musical expression like classical-contemporary music, group improvisation, popular music genres such as tango, rebetiko (greek popular urban music), french Vals-musette made him play a lot of solo or ensemble concerts in various countries (Greece, Germany, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, England, Serbia, Austria, Croatia). Actually he is member of “Oros Ensemble” and he is playing in the production of the Greek National Opera “4 Seasons”.

Guilherme Ribeiro

Brazilian accordionist, pianist, composer and arranger, Guilherme Ribeiro holds a Master’s degree in Musical Performance from UFMG (Minas Gerais Federal University) and a Bachelor’s degree in Popular Music from UNICAMP (Campinas State University).

He performed alongside Paulo Moura, Raul de Souza, Maurício Einhorn, Gabriel Grossi, Jamil Maluf / OER, Isaac Karabtchevsky / OSESP, Fabiana Cozza, Dominguinhos, João Donato, Mariana Aydar, Céu, Luiz Tatit, O Teatro Mágico, Zizi Possi, Virginia Rosa, among others.

He played at several international festivals such as Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, NorthSea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, JVC Jazz Festival in France, Sfinks in Belgium, Coachella in the United States, Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival Makhanda and South Africa Association for Jazz Education in South Africa.

Guilherme has seven career albums: Calmaria [2010], Que se deseja rever [2012], A deep Surface [2013] released in Europe, Tempo [2015], Facing South [2019] released in South Africa and NUUU! [2019] with trio Marés launched in Europe.

In the field of musical education, Guilherme teaches piano, accordion, counterpoint and jazz ensemble at Souza Lima Conservatory and EMESP Tom Jobim in São Paulo. Since 2012 he has been teaching accordion and Brazilian music at the Arcevia Jazz Feast in Italy. In the spring of 2020 he’s got a scholarship from Fulbright and attended Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington/USA as a visiting Scholar.

Since 2018 he conducts and writes arrangements for Orquestra Anelo, a jazz big band from Anelo Institute, a non-profit organization that offers free music lessons in the outskirts of city of Campinas.

David Yengibarian

David Yengibarian, tout en se produisant, recherche la réaction du public et improvise avec humour et en même temps avec une gravité provocante.Sa musique est  à la recherche de nouveaux sons et de nouveaux rythmes.

La principale source d’inspiration de son univers musical est la tradition folklorique arménienne, les rythmes asymétriques influencés par la musique traditionnelle d’Europe de l’Est, le jazz européen et américain et la musique improvisée, le tango argentin et son révolutionnaire Astor Piazzolla.

David Yengibarian, d’origine arménienne, est né à Erevan en 1976. Il a grandi dans une famille de musiciens. À l’âge de 9 ans, il rejoint l’école de musique d’Erevan et commence à jouer de l’accordéon un an plus tard.
À partir de 1995, il poursuit ses études musicales en Hongrie où il devient rapidement l’un des accordéonistes les plus connus et recherchés.
Il sort cinq CD, dont deux sur le célèbre label de jazz BMC Records.
Il participe à un grand nombre de productions théâtrales et cinématographiques à la fois en tant qu’interprète (Bertold Brecht: Jungle des villes, Andor Lukáts: Portugal, Joye Sergent: Crime et Punition) et en tant que compositeur (Ferenc Molnar: Beat, András Szöke: Three , György Farkas: Blood line, András Fésös: Street Heart Beat, Zoltán Egressy: Blue blue blue, Tamás Sas: Struck by Love, Kinga Rofusz: Harlequin, Andor Szilágyi: Lettres non envoyées). À Londres Orange Three Theatre.
Sa reconnaissance en Hongrie s’est accompagnée de demandes et d’invitations à se produire à l’étranger; il a joué à Paris, à Londres, à Amsterdam, à Vienne, à Bruxelles, à Moscou, à Kiev, à Edimbourg, à New-York.
Sur scène et dans ses disques, il multiplie les collaborations artistiques avec des musiciens de renommée internationale tels Frank London, Boris Kovac, Lukács Miklos, etc…

Lucas Graciano

Immersed in Brazilian traditions since his birth,  Lucas Graciano (from Mina Gerais, Brazil)  learned from childhood to cultivate a passion for his culture.  Lucas started to dance Forro in Mina Gerais and Sao Paolo. He has moved to Ireland 7 years ago and has been teaching Brazilian dance in Corke. In 2018 he moved to Greece to combine his passion for football and dance. Although he has focused his work on Forró for the past years, he also dances Samba and Sertanejo among others popular dances. He strongly believes that art is a powerful tool for bringing people together as well as improving their well-being.

Ιωάννα Ασπιώτη

Ioanna Aspioti (from Corfu, Greece) discovered and immediately fell in love with Forró when she moved to Berlin 5 years ago. She has focused her dance on the follower role (‘lady style’), assisting Lucas at Forró workshops in Athens.

—- Online Registration in English —-


Deadline 01/07/2020

  • Total cost -Deposit 50% till the 1st July 2020. (Registration for the 2020 Festival is €15 for everyone and is included below in the cost of the seminars).
  • Keep the account details below to make a NOMINAL deposit of your deposit to confirm your registration. Confirmation of your participation is the nominal deposit, as is clear from the above choices. The balance is paid on the first day of the seminar.
  • The registration is valid from the moment of deposit and not from the date of filling out the online form.
  • If not completed the required number of participants until July 01, the Festival reserves the right to cancel the seminar, returning your money.
  • In case of cancellation by the participant, the money is not returned.

Bank Account:

National Bank of Greece / IBAN: GR 30 0110 4690 0000 4694 8029 858 / SWIFT / BIC CODE: ETINGRAA / Account holder: “Ourios Anemos” – Νon-profit civil partnership

—– Contact —–

 Candia Prindezi (Gr – Eng)
+30 69 71 80 41 86
Christelle Loukitch (Fr – Eng – Gr)
+30 22 81 04 28 75
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