Mu­sic, Art, Mythol­ogy

Santorini Traveler - - GEOLOGY - By La Ponta

La Ponta, a glob­ally renowned Greek Bag­pipe Ex­hi­bi­tion and Work­shop on the is­land of San­torini, is re­lo­cat­ing and be­gin­ning a new chap­ter: SYMPOSION – Mu­sic, Art, Mythol­ogy by La Ponta.

La Ponta, the Greek Bag­pipe Ex­hi­bi­tion and Work­shop, is cur­rently based in the Vene­tian tower of Akrotiri, San­torini. La Ponta has spent the past six years pre­serv­ing, dis­sem­i­nat­ing and re­vi­tal­iz­ing un­der-rep­re­sented el­e­ments of Greek folk mu­si­cal her­itage, with a pri­mary fo­cus on the acous­tic sounds and crafts­man­ship of the tsabouna, the Greek bag­pipe. La Ponta’s re­vival of the tsabouna, an in­stru­ment all but for­got­ten, has helped to re-pop­u­lar­ize this indige­nous mu­si­cal tra­di­tion by amass­ing and dis­play­ing a unique in­stru­ment col­lec­tion, of­fer­ing daily ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and live per­for­mances, and demon­strat­ing how fab­ri­cat­ing and per­form­ing the tsabouna and other Greek wind in­stru­ments is linked to the re­gion’s flora, fauna, and sense of his­tor­i­cal pride.

In only six years La Ponta’s work has been cov­ered by ET3 (Greece), OTE His­tory (Greece), BBC Scot­land, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Trav­eller, Song­lines Mag­a­zine, VIV2 (Viet­nam), Mare TV (NDR Ger­many), RAI 3 (Italy) and TV5 (France), to name but a few.

SYMPOSION will con­tinue to show­case La Ponta’s highly suc­cess­ful pro­gram­ming, as well as of­fer ad­di­tional work­shops, one-of-a-kind per­for­mances, site-spe­cific art in­stal­la­tions, and in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams for adults and chil­dren, cater­ing to both the lo­cal com­mu­nity and to the global trav­eller on the is­land of San­torini. SYMPOSION’s ap­proach, true to its name, is rooted in Greek tra­di­tion and in­spired by the nine­muses. SYMPOSION will of­fer a to­tal ex­pe­ri­ence of the arts, en­com­pass­ing every de­tail—from the Greek cof­fee served in its café to the herbs planted in its court­yard.

As cru­cial to the is­land’s his­tory as its Mi­noan and Vene­tian res­i­dents on­cewere, the wine mak­ers of San­torini will also be cel­e­brated through Symposion’s premises, an ar­chi­tec­turally unique build­ing com­plex in the vil­lage of Me­ga­lo­chori. Me­ga­lo­chori is a set­tle­ment that dates back to the 17th cen­tury; for­merly oc­cu­pied by wine mer­chants and the landed classes, its his­toric homes and tra­di­tional char­ac­ter have been care­fully pre­served by its cur­rent res­i­dents. Built by the master ar­ti­san and wine­maker Zorzis Ioan­nis Saliv­eros, who con­trib­uted his ex­per­tise to the de­sign and con­struc­tion of many of the is­land’s no­table build­ings, Symposion’s premises will be ren­o­vated with care­ful at­ten­tion to its unique char­ac­ter, and its place within vil­lage life and the is­land’s his­tory.

Symposion aims to be­come a global des­ti­na­tion for cul­tural tourism, fos­ter­ing new ap­proaches to the ap­pre­ci­a­tion and study of Greek cul­ture, en­rich­ing the mu­si­cal tra­di­tions of the present day and cre­at­ing new con­nec­tions be­tween artists, mu­si­cians and sto­ry­tellers from around the globe in a sus­tain­able, com­mu­nity ori­ented space for all ages.

Help SYMPOSION come to life in 2018 by sup­port­ing their crowd­fund­ing cam­paign. To find out more visit their web­site at www.sym­po­sion­san­

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