CULTURE

Top Greek singers join forces to tour Greece

After making only good impressions with their winter appearances in two of the capital’s big nightclubs, two of the country’s most popular singers, Tania Tsanaklidou and Eleni Tsaligopoulou, are joining forces for a summer tour of Greece with a music program full of older favorites and many new surprises. Backed by a group of top-notch musicians – Stelios Gargalas on violin, Manolis Karandinis on bouzouki, Vangelis Kondopoulos on bass, Dimitris Barbagalas on electric guitar, Spyros Panayiotopoulos on drums, Yiannis Papazacharakis on acoustic guitar and Takis Farazis on keyboards – the two singers have prepared a program that is more suited to a summer festival than a conventional concert. The mood is light-hearted and summery, playful and amusing. The two women have a lot in common: They have followed similar paths in their careers, reached out to like-minded audiences and distinguished themselves in a highly popular, qualitative genre of traditional laiko music. Their shows in the winter saw Tsanaklidou in sold-out performances at the Metro club, which resulted in a live, double-CD album, and Tsaligopoulou in a delightful, lively program on Pireos Street that combined traditional songs with more popular laiko ballads, which has also been released on CD. Their tour of Greece includes stops at Hymettus, Dion, Amfipoli, Samos and other regional summer festivals. The program will combine old and new songs performed solo or as duets, as well as several improvised pieces for both.