The project

Béla Bartók, the primordial sound of the lyra and the piano

Sokratis Sinopoulos (lyra) – Yann Keerim (piano) duo

Sokratis and Yann, through their collaboration in recent years, have created a common code of communication, based on their shared aesthetic for the re-approach of Greek musical traditions. Their duet is characterised both by a rare and innovative combination of musical instruments and a creative combination of different musical cultures.

Sokratis Sinopoulos, one of the most important Greek musicians of international acclaim, has associated his name with the lyra of Constantinople, as he is mainly responsible for the revival of this musical instrument in recent decades worldwide. Starting from the study of the individual peculiarities of the various types of the lyra, he was gradually led to the formation of a mixed technique of interpretation of the musical instrument which uses playing techniques from all the types of lyras: Cretan, Thracian, etc, as well as other bowed instruments mainly from the central Europe, such as violin, viola da gamba, etc.

The lyra, in the form we know it today, as a pear-shaped instrument with a bow, has more than a thousand years of history, dating back to the time when it was one of the most popular musical instruments of the Byzantines. Today, the lyra remains in use in the musical traditions of Constantinople, Thrace, Crete and the Dodecanese, while its imprint remains strong in the wider Balkan and Mediterranean areas. The new ways of interpreting the lyra, introduced by Sokratis Sinopoulos, led to the creation of new compositions for lyra and piano trio (piano, bass, drums) inspired by Greek musical traditions and especially by the traditions of the lyra. These compositions were recorded in 2015 by the Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet, produced by Manfred Eicher, and released by ECM Records under the title “Eight Winds”, followed in 2019 by the second album, “Metamodal”. Both albums received excellent reviews from around the globe.

Yann Keerim is one of the brightest pianists of his generation, featuring significant collaborations with musicians in Greece and abroad. His piano performances stand out for their sensitivity and combine local musical styles with classical and jazz piano, leading to a highly original result.

On the occasion of the two musicians’ love for the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945), the lyre-piano duet revisits one of Bartók’s best-known works – the Romanian Folk dances and presents its 6 parts (Bot tánc – Brâul – Topogó / Pe loc – Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana – Román polka – Aprózó / Mărunțel) with a completely new perspective based on two axes: the adaptation of Romanian dances to the special technique of the lyre and the creation improvisational compositions based on each part of the work in real time.

The concert will also feature new compositions by the two musicians.


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“Sokratis Sinopoulos – Yann Keerim Duo” is available all year with a music program that can be customized to meet the requirements of any festival or venue.