One of my favorite things about being a photographer is how it exposes me to people and places I would otherwise completely miss out on. I'm a clozy sloth of a homebody at heart, and even when I know about an interesting event happening somewhere, the siren song of my couch and the cats and a good book is too strong to resist. Photography forces me out into all different creaks and corners of the wonderful world and I'm always happier for it.
Last week The Onassis Cultural Center in NYC hosted a two evening exploration of Rebetika: The Blues of Greece, and the first show was devoted to the music's origins. I was able to spend a little time with the amazingly talented performers (also, bonus, an adorable daughter) in their green room before the show, and learned that they had traveled from all over — some from Boston, some from Crete. Hearing them perform you would think they did this together every day.
Performers were Kyriakos Kalaitzides, oud; Tony Barhoum, qanun; Mavrothi Kontanis, oud, guitar; George Lernis, toumperleki, defi; and Phaedon Sinis, politiki lyra.