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STELIOS PETRAKIS TRIO with Uskudar Eclectic

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar and KFAI Present

STELIOS PETRAKIS TRIO with Uskudar Eclectic

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 7:30 PM

All Ages

$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show

This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Petrakis is a traditional musician navigating the modern world — and finding inspiration all over the place
— PRI's The World


Stelios Petrakis respects tradition in his music, but the introspection that is a feature of Eastern or Ottoman modes is here replaced by a very clear sound, produced by the deep voices and the subtle interlacing of the strings, supporting the spirit of the dance.

Cretan music, which has been shaped by many influences (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Venetian and Ottoman) belongs to the Eastern Mediterranean family of modal musical traditions. Differing in many ways from the Greek music of the continent, it is characterized by the predominant use of the three-stringed bowed instrument, known as the lyra, accompanied by the Cretan lute, or laouto.

Petrakis’ love and admiration for Cretan music led him to form the Cretan Quartet, with which he focuses on the great musical traditions of Crete, with a repertoire consisting of traditional pieces and also his own tradition-inspired compositions. The outstanding musicians of the Cretan Quartet were selected by Stelios Petrakis for their mastery of the island’s music and for their very open outlook onto the world.

Stelios’ Cretan Trio consists of Stelios Petrakis on the lyra, Mihalis Mavroudis on the lute, Dimitris Chatzakis on piano, and Christos Markakis performing traditional Cretan dance.  They’ll be at The Cedar Cultural Center on Sunday, November 11th before heading on to Carnegie Hall.

Uskudar Eclectic

Uskudar Eclectic features Yigitcan Eryaman (Vocals, Guitar), Greg Herriges (Bouzouki,keyboards) and Stephen Spaise (percussions). The band plays Turkish & Balkan folk and popular tunes, progressive rock influenced originals and Indian subcontinental flavors.