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SEASON 2021/22 - 1st Sacred Music Festival
Holy Τuesday 19 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Music Apostolis Koutsogiannis


Oros Ensemble:

Konstantinos Zigeridis bayan

Dimitris Karagiannakidis cello

Irini Krikoni violin

Yorgos Madikas vibraphone

Antonis Tsachtanis clarinet

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Practical information:

- Audience members can enter all venues for free, on a first come first served basis. No advance booking is required.

- Due to the limited space available in many of the festival venues, some of the concerts will be repeated up to three times per day, to give the chance to as large an audience as possible to attend them.

- The concerts of the festival will be of short duration (from 25 to 40 minutes on average), so that audience members can attend more than one, if they wish so.

- The distance from one venue to the other is small, so that audience members have the chance to enjoy many of the festival events.

- The detailed programme will be available online at and, while the printed programme that will be distributed to the public will include a map with all the venues, summary descriptions of the events, and QR codes referring to the detailed programme on the GNO website.

- All preventive measures against COVID-19 will be adhered to in all venues.

Μuseum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for

Inexhaustible fountain

1st Sacred Music Festival

Starts at 17.00, 18.00 and 19.00clock

Duration: approx. 30 min.

Capacity max. 160 person



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In a time when music act as a participatory ritual was associated with the spread of a contagious disease, the question of the (lost) healing quality of music comes to the fore more topical than ever. In this context, Oros Ensemble presents a programme of new works inspired by the reverential spirit of the Holy Week, in which music converses with the tradition of the idiomela troparia of the Orthodox Church, as well as with the Western philosophical concept of Viriditas (which means liveliness, lush vegetation in Latin).

More specifically, the concept of water’s purifying power, which in the idiomela of the divine service of Litany is identified with the motherly love as an “Inexhaustible fountain”, runs through Apostolis Koutsogiannis’ work Instincts Archive, while in the work healing, presented for the first time in Greece, the concept of Viriditas, which is associated with the philosophical tradition of Hildegard von Bingen, a Saint of the Western Church, is identified with the fertility of nature and life.

It is through these two works and the prism of life’s supremacy over death that Oros Ensemble attempts to approach the constant catharsis of the Holy Week. The concert will feature the parts Idiomelo, Lacrime, To V. from Instincts Archive, as well as the entire work healing. — A. K.


A few words about Oros Ensemble

Oros Ensemble was formed in January 2020 by a group of young musicians with the help of the Greek National Opera and the support of the Vamvakou Revival (aiming at reviving the village of Vamvakou in Peloponnese), and it was made possible thanks to the moral and financial support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The ensemble consists of six musicians, who live and operate in Greece and abroad and share common artistic goals and concerns but also common experiences, as most of them completed the first cycle of their music studies in Greece together, before living and becoming active in different countries across the world. Their return to Greece emanates from their unceasing desire to enhance local artistic reality through the presentation of high-level music programmes, which are targeted to a wider and more inclusive audience.


Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for Ethnomusicology

The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for Ethnomusicology is situated at 1-3 Diogenous St in Plaka, next to the Roman Agora. It is housed in the historic residence of G. Lassanis –a prominent figure of the Greek War of Independence– that was built in the 1830s. The Museum was founded in 1991 to host the valuable collection of Greek folk musical instruments of musicologist Fivos Anoyanakis, which he himself donated to the Greek state. The exhibition extends to all three floors of the building and includes approximately 400 instruments from all the musical instrument families along with rich photographic, sound, and other type of material documenting the Greek music history of the last centuries. It also hosts a specialised Library and relevant Archives, accessible to researchers. The museum falls under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.


First Sacred Music Festival info leaflet available to read and download here