Concerts: Songs of Life & Love

Greek, Balkan, Armenian, Turkish & Kurdish songs

Kostantis Kourmadias & Laura Shannon

Saz, percussion and vocals

This concert presents ancient and beautiful folk music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East, honouring the musical and cultural common ground shared by Christians and Muslims of East and West. The Saz, a Byzantine long-necked lute, is tuned to Eastern (non-tempered) modes, to create a deeply meditative atmosphere and allow rich emotional expression. Love songs from these traditions can be read as mystic poems expressing the soul's deep longing for union with the divine. The taxim, an improvisation free from rhythm and melody, symbolises the soul's journey away from familiar structures to find this true fulfillment, and its homecoming to wholeness in earth and spirit, body and soul, communion with no separation.

Laura and Kostantis give concerts throughout Greece, Europe, and the UK. They have recently been awarded a grant from the Blessing Foundation for the profoundly healing quality of their music.

Click here for the concert program Songs of Life and Love

Click here for the concert program Love Songs of Heaven and Earth

Click here for the concert program Hymns To Demeter