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Evgenios Voulgaris

Instruments:

Yayli Tanbur, Oud

Traditions:

, , , Greek, Byzantine, Ottoman & Turkish

Evgenios Voulgaris started his music training in 1985, studying Byzantine music and received his Diploma in Byzantine Music with Honors. He has participated in a series of concerts in Greece and other countries, as well as in recordings of Greek composers’ works. He has also taken part in recordings made for Radio (3d program), TV channels and cinema. Since 1995, he has been the leading mandolinist of the Orchestra of Colors.

His interest in traditional music started in 1992 with his apprenticeship with Christos Tsiamoulis. Since 2013, he has been teaching and is the head of the Department of Greek Music at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras. Also, he has been leading the School of Traditional Instruments, which operates under the auspices of Ilia’s Church in Pyrgos and Amaliada since 1992. His appointment in the Bartholomeo and Patras Musical Schools can also be included in his teaching experience, along with his more recent position in the Department of Popular and Traditional Music (Epirus Technological Institute) in March 2005, where he teaches the oud, yayli tambur, organology, and ensembles.

Since 2001, he has been attending lessons on the interpretation of Eastern music’s tropes alongside Fahrettin Cimenli and Murat Aydemir in Istanbul. At the same time, he has been attending a series of seminars on oud, saz, afghani rabab, as well as composition and orchestration at the 'Labyrinth' Musical Workshops, organized in Houdetsi.

In April 2000, he founded the ensemble ‘Romioi’, which has won excellent critiques for its performances of Ottoman Music in various places (Patras, Athens, Simi, Catelorizo, Messologi). Recently, in cooperation with Markos Skulios, Tolis Tsardakas and Panos Poulos, he founded the Ensemble of the Workshop of Eastern Music in the Department of Popular and Traditional Music.

His album titled 'Wanderings', which features singer, Dora Petridis, was released at the beginning of May 2004. His compositions include music for theatre 'The History of a captive', 'Staxtomazoxtra’ and 'The Message of the Prince' with Christos Galanopoulos. In 2007, he published a collection of 200 rebetika songs of the Inner War Period transcribed in the modal system with Vassilis Vantarakis. The collection was published by Fagotto Editions, in cooperation with the Department of Popular and Traditional Music at the Technological Institute of Epirus.