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Martha Mavroidi

Instruments:

Laouto

Traditions:

, Greek

Martha Mavroidi is a singer, lutenist and composer from Greece. She has been singing and playing folk lutes since her childhood, performing music from Greece and the Balkans. Later on, she developed an interest in contemporary music, blending elements of folk music with contemporary harmony and improvisation. She graduated from the Music High School of Pallini and studied Musicology in Athens, Ethnomusicology in London and Los Angeles, and Contemporary Music in Amsterdam.

Martha has collaborated with prominent musicians and ensembles, such as the legendary Greek folk violinist, Stathis Koukoularis, ECM artist, Savina Yannatou, English folk singer and violinist, Eliza Carthy, and the Greek National Opera. With her Quartet, she has performed in various venues in Europe and the USA. She is a member of the vocal quartet, Yasemi, and she conducts the Happy Hour Choir, a workshop in the form of a vocal orchestra and the Greek Folk Choir Rodia. She has composed music for prize-winning short and feature films, as well as for dance and theater productions. Since 2013, Martha is the artistic director of Tinos World Music Festival. She has released five albums: The Garden of Rila (2009), Portaki (2012), Agiorgitiko (2014), Thread and Needle (2017), and Magiatiko (2019), and has published a book with arrangements and compositions for a cappella voices, Thread and Needle (2019).