COVIDIUS POETICUS

To Make Love In Pandemic Times Covid hit Portugal around March 2020. Following neo-modernisttendencies of seeking to digitise artistic expression, I thought ofcreating a blog named “Fazer Amor em temposde pandemia” (To make Love in pandemic times). Or “CovidiusPoeticus”; never decided exactly which. There was one simple rule:to share original works produced in isolation, which […]

A Human tour of Thessaloniki

A Human Tour of Thessaloniki

A Human Tour of Thessaloniki is a simple Anthropological map, marking the most interesting persons I got to meet during my stay in the city. It includes a picture of each, plus a description of how one can find them and suggested motivations to do so. It is, of course, very personal – but always […]

62nd TIFF: Mediterráneo

Mediterráneo is the 4th film directed by Marcel Barrena. It tells the true story of Òscar Camps and all the Catalan volunteers who accompanied him to the island of Lesvos. This was an immediate decision taken after seeing the famous picture of Aylan Kurdi, who died in the shores of the island during an attempt […]

Multicultural brain-wiring: the psychological effects of learning a new culture

Multicultural brain-wiring: the psychological effects of learning a new culture

How multicultural inputs interact with the brain and the behavioural consequences that follow are still poorly understood matters. Notably, they are of great importance for health, educational, team management, and legal purposes, especially given that cultural admixture has been increasing. The aim of the present work is to provide a multidisciplinary review on the subject, […]

Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

Episode 15: The Lost Songs (special)

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Episode 15: The Lost Songs (special)
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Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll gathered the old team: Κατερίνα, Pauline, and Bernardo! The time as arrived to do a retrospective, as the show might have ended indeed. Thus, we will go back to Erotocritos, Ethnic Jazz & Fusion, Rebetika, Thrace, Pontos, Cyprus, Smirna, Epirus, the Greek Macedonia, Crete, the Greek Progressive Rock, and the […]

Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

Episode 14: Greek Theater Music (special)

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Episode 14: Greek Theater Music (special)
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Together with Christodoulos Andreou, Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll departs to discover the relations between Greek theater and music. In this ocasion, it’s a path through time we have ahead. Rythm and acting; singing and masking – born and raised in Greece around 600 years BC, theatre was inseparable from music in its origins! Song […]

Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

Episode 13: Μακεδονικά II (Eastern Macedonia)

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Episode 13: Μακεδονικά II (Eastern Macedonia)
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Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll is back to the Greek Macedonia! However, now we shall travel East, closer to the borders with Trace! Here, we will get in contact with a mysterious musical tradition, which only now is started to be well studied. So, Dear Listeners, please hop on this explorative trip through Eastern Macedonia […]

Greek Revolution: Epirus

Epirus: The Enlightenment of the Greek Revolution

The Greek Revolution for independence started in the 25th March 1821. After almost 400 years of Ottoman dominion, many revolts broke out in several regions, seeking to re-establish the Greek identity and sovereignty. In this series of articles, after a careful introduction about the political situation in Europe and Greece at the time, we will […]

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Episode 12: Greek Progressive Rock (special)

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Episode 12: Greek Progressive Rock (special)
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Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll went psychedelic! That’s right Dear Listeners, we are about to land in the planet of Greek Progressive Rock. This musical genre initiated in the United Kingdom during the mid 60s. It flourished between the creation of the first synthesizers and a period of great political turmoil. It brought Rock music […]

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Episode 11: Κρητικά (Crete)

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Episode 11: Κρητικά (Crete)
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In the first episode of Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll we focused on the literary-musical tradition of Ερωτόκριτος. We now return to the island of myths and legends, the land of Minos and the Minotaur – the beautiful and mysterious Crete! However, this time we will have a broader look at Κρητικά, Cretan traditional music. […]