Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jonathan Lewis travels to Greece to study with an Epirotian master

Rembetika Hipsters Jonathan Lewis has a keen interest in the music of the mountainous Greek region of Epirus. This music, known as Epirotika, is dominated by clarinet and violin and often features polyphonic vocal melodies.
Thanks to a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Jonathan travelled to Kastoria, Greece this September to study Epirotian violin with Aourel Kyrio. You can hear Aurel playing here . To hear some of Jonathan's explorations of Epirotika, go here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Video of "Michaela Tripticho"

Rembetika Hipsters from Big Sky Sessions on Vimeo.

This is a videi shoot we did back in March for Big Sky Sessions. Shot on the observation deck of the Calgary Tower - the overhanging glass floor. One take only. Don't look down....

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I'm a big fan of the self-styled underground cartoonist Seth of Drawn & Quarterly Publications, for his ongoing comic Palookaville, for the amazing Bannock, Beans and Black Tea memoir, for his work designing the ongoing Complete Peanuts for Fantagraphics.

So I was surprised and thrilled to find that the Rembetika Hipsters make an appearance in Palookaville #20. In a story called "Calgary Festival", he recounts an existential crisis he experienced while booked to read at the 2001 Wordfest festival. While in Calgary, he attends our CD release party for our first album Architects of Narghile at the late lamented Night Gallery Cabaret.

"the band comes on, they are actually quite good". Love it! - Allen

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jonathan found this, a great BBC documentary on Epirotian music: here