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Spring Fairytales

Children's Event


Lamprini Gioti recites fairytales to music in celebration of the vernal equinox

The vernal (spring) equinox - the date on which day and night are of equal length - marks the official start of spring, as from this date forward, days will grow longer and the nights shorter. The equinox has been a subject of folklore and fairy tales since antiquity.

For this holiday, ethnomusicologist Labrini Gioti draws upon her archives of Celtic, Scandinavian, and Sámi fairy tales for a performance in which she will recite folk tales from Scotland and Norway, accompanied by piano and nyckelharpa, ushering us into a magical world of with elves, water horses, talking bees and mermaids spring forth…

The event will be held online through Zoom and is designed for everyone, aged 6 or older.

Labrini Gioti (Labri Giotto) is a performer, teacher, radio producer and ethnomusicologist. She holds a diploma in the classical piano from the National Conservatory of Athens and a B.A. in Music Studies from the American College of Greece. In 2006, she went to Ireland to graduate studies in ethnomusicology at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance (University of Limerick) with the aid of a scholarship from the Attica Tradition Foundation. She has been a pioneer advocate of Irish traditional singing in Greece since 1997 (conducting Sean-Nós seminars for more than 10 years), but also Swedish and Norwegian traditional music, having owned and played the only nyckelharpa in Greece. She is the founder and conductor of the Curfá Gaelic Nordic Choir and co - founder of the Celtic/Nordic band Sòlastas. Since 2014, she has also been one of the producers - performers at the Athens Celtic Music Festival. In 2018, she sang Sean-Nós live for the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. She has worked as a professional musician since 2000, performing in theatres, pubs and concert halls throughout Greece, and as a teacher of piano, song and music theory in Ireland and Greece for more than 14 years. Between 2007-2008 she was conducted traditional and Byzantine music workshops at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She has performed at the Acropolis Museum, Cycladic Museum, ERT (65 years for the 3rd classical program), Athens Celtic Music Festival, Festival Fantasticon-Hellenic American Union, Irish Wings and Paxos Music Festival, as well as in several music stages in Greece, Ireland (IWAMD, Bewley's Cafe Theater), Sweden (Esi Tobo) and Scotland (Cowdray Hall, Blue Lamp). The Irish Traditional Music Archive catalogued her in their archives as the first Greek performer to sing in Gaelic. In October 2019, she was accepted as a nyckelharpa player for the Intercultural Orchestra of the Greek National Opera alternative stage. Since January 2022, she has been living permanently in Berlin where she teaches vocals and piano at the Global Music Academy and the Kanarini Greek Music School.



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