Wednesday 4.7 & Friday 6.7 17:30 (240’)
15th Sound & Music Computing Conference
Alongside concerts of acousmatic works and installations, SMC 2018 also features performances of compositions for instrument(s) and electronics. Selected compositions from the recent “call for works" will be performed by this year’s invited ensembles and musicians, pianist Anna D'Errico (Italy), ARTéfacts Ensemble (Greece) and Chronos Ensemble (Cyprus).
Sunday 8.7 20:00 (80’)
The Scarecrow’s dream
Dance School Evi Panayiotou presents The Scarecrow’s Dream based on Evgenios Trivizas’ play of the same title. A story about going beyond our very own limits, about the endless struggle of the forces of love and sacrifice against all those who prevent us from taking off.
Tuesday 10.7 21:00 (90’)
Ethno Cyprus 2018
Forty young virtuosos of traditional instruments (aged between 15-30) from European countries, such as Cyprus, Croatia and Belgium, and Arab countries such as Lebanon and Jordan, will explore the roots of their common music identity, teaching each other local music traditions. The end result will be a unique concert repertoire that will creatively combine the music traditions of the Mediterranean countries under the artistic direction of Andreas Christodoulou, traditional music teacher at Limassol and Nicosia Music Schools.
Ethno Cyprus 2018 is organised within the framework of the Euro-Arab Youth Music Centre in collaboration with JM International, Arab Academy of Music, JM Croatia and the National Music Conservatory of Amman. It is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the EU programme Erasmus+.
Thursday 12.7 21:00 (90’)
Fourth Moon were founded in 2013. Since 2016, the quartet has been successfully performing in international folk festivals all over Europe. Their programme consists of an original repertoire, entirely composed and arranged by the members of the band. The music of the quartet has its roots in the Scottish and Irish rich musical traditions, but it develops by following new and innovative ways. With backgrounds and music influences from classical and jazz to Eastern European traditions, Fourth Moon’s sound is strong and unique and it fuses many different styles. Fast and virtuosic reels and jigs are mixed with slower tunes and more contemplative moments. Riffs, loops and dynamic changes follow each other in a pulsating flow and the melodic instruments often take the place of the accompaniment and vice versa. BBC Radio Scotland described them as "absolutely amazing" and the BBC Radio Ulster as "a group to be entrusted with the jewels of trad themselves”.
Monday 16.7 21:00 (90’)
Monsieur Doumani was formed in 2011 in Nicosia by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (trombone, flute). Coming from different musical backgrounds, but influenced by the Cypriot tradition at various levels, Monsieur Doumani compose Cypriot songs that draw inspiration from the contemporary Cypriot society, as well as from the turbulent conditions of our era. The original identity of the project was determined by the adaptation of Cypriot traditional pieces, with a special contemporary colour in sound and mood, forming their own distinctive style. The band has recently launched its third album with the symbolic name Angathin [Thorn] (2018), which has attracted great interest internationally, receiving the prestigious 'German Records Critics' Award' (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) in the category 'World Music'. It has been in the Top 10 of the Transglobal World Music Chart for 3 months reaching No. 1 in April 2018 and No. 2 in May. It has also climbed at the top of the World Music Charts Europe in May 2018 and it was given the title of 'Top of the World' album by British magazine 'Songlines'.
Tuesday 17.7 21:00 (90’)
Dikanda is a world music internationally renowned band from Szczecin, Poland. In its artistic work Dikanda promotes the authenticity of style, searching for new trends, thus most of their works are original compositions. The band members draw their musical inspiration from traditional folk sounds of the broadly defined Orient – from the Balkans, Israel, Kurdistan and Belarus to India. Their works are dominated by Balkan and Gypsy influences. The band has been playing since 1997 and has recorded 7 albums so far, including a live DVD recorded in the Witkacy Theatre in Zakopane. They have performed hundreds of concerts, mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but also in Russia, India and the USA. They have won numerous awards among which the Disc of the Year Award for their album Ushtijo in 2005 by the German magazine “Folker”. Dikanda’s concerts are emotional journeys through ethnic sounds, zestful meetings full of charisma, energy and true feelings. What distinguishes Dikanda’s lyrics is the creation of new words, thus forming their own genuine language - “dikandish”. The most important element of their artistic work is the message – a special relation between the musicians and the audience.
Saturday 21.7 21:00
@ Lofou - Community Hostel
This year's Rialto World Music Festival again organizes a residency program (18 – 21/7) to develop dialogue and skills among professional musicians. Under Michalis Cholevas will focus on techniques, forms and stylistic elements of the traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean.On Saturday 21 July they will present a programme of traditional and original compositions will be presented in the yard of the Community Hostel in Lofou.
With the cooperation and support of the Lofou Community.
Thursday 19.7 21:00 (90’)
Mercedes Peón is considered to be one of the most charismatic women of the current world music circuit. At the age of 13, when she heard some women singing on the Costa da Morte, she was fascinated by the playing of the tambourine and the singing of the ribeirana. This triggered a desire to collect the songs, dances, stories and experiences of her village’s people. An intense compilation began. She transmitted all this knowledge to schools, Galicia Television and in Universities such as La Sorbonne, Oporto, Wales etc. The variety of her compositions that start from the polyrhythm under the gaze of the most ancestral rhythms, culminate in eclectic and blatantly vibrant themes. Her wide repertoire, the spell and the energy that seizes each of her performances, make this woman a sure bet for the continuity of the ethno contemporaneous scene in Europe. After expanding the tradition for more than 25 years, in 2000 she recorded her first album called Isué. She expressed herself free of clichés and expanded internationally without support from the media.
Sunday 22.7 21:00
L'ora legale 2017 (92’)
In Italian, with Greek and English subtitles
Italian box-office smash hit of 2017, It’s the law, directed by Ficarra and Picone, is one of the finest and most acclaimed comedies of the past years. Exasperated by the scandals and power abuse of their long-time mayor, the moment has arrived for the residents of a Sicilian town to elect a new one who promises to serve them with honesty. But the community will soon discover that change and legality require sacrifices. Desperate to return to their old rules, they will do anything to force the new mayor to resign.
Monday 23.7 21:00 (90’)
Nicolas Tryfonos Quintet
Nicolas Tryfonos Quintet will present original compositions and melodies from the music tradition of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, arranged in their own unique style. The band, which is a result of the members’ past collaborations, is influenced by the jazz idiom and the traditional music of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Performing authentic compositions, Nicolas Tryfonos Ensemble is a collaboration between the Jazz Piano Trio members and two virtuoso soloists who masterfully render the spirit of the Orient and the Balkans.
Tuesday 24.7 21:00
The Death of Stalin
2017 (106') In English, with Greek subtitles
An anti-authoritarian black satire by Scottish director Armando Iannucci. Superbly cast, The Death of Stalin is a film with a generous dose of humour that culminates, after an endless series of tragicomic intrigues, in cold-war Kremlin where mighty Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and falls into a coma. A frantic power struggle begins amongst his cronies, who all wish to become the next Soviet leader.
Wednesday 25.7 21:00
À bras ouverts
2017 (92’), In French, with Greek and English subtitles
After the success of his 2014 comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings, director and screenwriter Philippe de Chauveron returns to the big screen with another comic film With Open Arms, illustrating the ‘tolerance’ of the ensconced bourgeoisie towards those who are ‘different’: poor, homeless and immigrant people. This fierce comedy with a powerful social message, tells the story of a left-wing celebrity intellectual who openly supports the need to altruistically welcome all sorts of refugees, but struggles to live up to his words when a Romani family camps on the front yard of his luxurious house.
Thursday 26.7 21:00 (90)
This year’s World Music Festival culminates with a unique concert by Macumba, presenting their own authentic compositions and arrangements, inspired by the latin-jazz and world music. Charged with the frenetic dance rhythms of the band and the lively performance of its members, the concert invites the audience to an unforgettable music journey.
The collaboration between Chilean bassist Rodrigo Cáceres and Rodos Panagiotou, Giorgos Morfitis and Elias Ioannou, brings a new air to the Jazz & Latin music scene of the island. A different approach to Latin rhythms - mostly Afrocuban & Brazilian - blended through a modern jazz aesthetic.