En Chordais is based in Thessaloniki (Greece). The ensemble is active in the domain of multicultural, learned and popular musical traditions of the Mediterranean, exploring both their creative continuity and their meeting with contemporary musical trends, in a fusion mood. Through an osmotic procedure the group successfully combines Byzantine and art music of Mediterranean with Greek regional idioms and contemporary music. Collaborating occasionally with virtuosi from all over the world, the ensemble presents a multimedia mosaic dating from the 13th century to today. The result is a timeless dialogue between different cultures and eras.
Renowned for extensive research on the musical legacy of the East Mediterranean, En Chordais has entranced audiences all over the world. This appreciated ensemble has been invited to perform in very special and important concert halls: the Library of Alexandria, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Institut du Monde Arabe and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the BOZAR in Brussels, the City Hall Concert Hall in Hong Kong… are just some of them. The group has also collaborated with top musicians from Greece, the Arabic world, Iran, Turkey, Israel, China, Canada as well as from Europe.
In November 2006, En Chordais accompanied the President of the Republic of Greece during his official travel to United Arabic Emirates and to Oman giving a series of concerts.
In March 2008, the group received the Prix France Musique des Musiques du Monde. En Chordais’ activities, concerts and discography have been largely publicized, with enthusiastic reviews in significant musical magazines as well as online (BBC world service, TV5, Radio Canada, Radio France, New York Times, Turkish Radio Television, Al Jazeera, National Greek Television, etc.).
Members of the ensemble:
Kyriakos Petras, violin
Drossos Koutsokostas, voice
Kyriakos Kalaitzides, oud
Alkis Zopoglou, kanun
Petros Papageorgiou, percussion