Katalogi Katalogi
Μuseum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments “Fivos Anoyanakis” – Centre for
SEASON 2021/22 - 1st Sacred Music Festival
Holy Wednesday 20 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Music Martha Mavroidi



Stratis Psaradellis lyre

Harris Lambrakis ney

Nikos Paraoulakis ney

Yorgos Tamiolakis cello

Yorgos Ventouris double bass

Martha Mavroidi voice

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 nationalopera.gr and digitalculture.gov.gr, 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


1st Sacred Music Festival
For voice and string and wind quintet

Starts at 17.00, 18.00 and 19.00clock

Duration: approx. 20 min.

Capacity max. 160 person




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The work is based on Virgin Mary’s Dirge, a long poem of intellectual origin, which combines elements from ecclesiastical hymnography and medieval poetry, and revolves around the lamenting figure of Virgin Mary. This narrative poem was assimilated into the oral tradition and is sung in several variations across Greece in churches on the evening of Holy Thursday by women performing a vigil in honour of Christ’s dead body.

Katalogi compiles excerpts from the text and incorporates melodies, to which Virgin Mary’s Dirge is sung, while echoing the ritualistic nature of the folk custom. Through a slow musical transformation, the work passes from monophonic melodies to combinations of different kinds of polyphony, but also to free-style soundscapes that complement the narration in an abstract way. By making use of the tools of repetition and variation, the work focuses on the transcendental experience of time that is included in all religious rituals. — M. M.


Martha Mavroidi

She graduated from the Pallini Music High School. She studied musicology at the University of Athens, ethnomusicology at London’s SOAS University and the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, she studied contemporary music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She has participated in concerts of traditional and contemporary music in Greece and abroad (Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Onassis Foundation in New York, Greek National Opera, Onassis Stegi, etc). With Martha Mavroidi Quartet they have given concerts in Europe and USA. Moreover, she is a member of the vocal quartet Yasemi. She has composed music for cinema and dance / theatre performances. In 2021 she composed the work Domna’s Song, a commission of the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera as part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. She coordinates the vocal workshop The Happy Hour Choir and she is director of the traditional music chorus I rodia (The pomegranate). She has published five personal records and a book with compositions for vocal ensemble.


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