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  1. Thanks for the info on upcoming concerts. I'm still looking forward hearing about a concert here in the U.S. Have a good day all, Louise
  2. Any further news about this concert in November in N.Y.? Maybe it is too soon, but I'm curious to know. Louise
  3. Hi folks, I know I'm a little late to get into this conversation about Dalaras' choice of music, but I just found this discussion. As an American, a non Greek, one who is not familiar with Greek music in general except for that which someone introduced me to, I have to say that a lot of what I've heard Dalaras record has been a combination of Greek, Latin and Middle Eastern sounding. I find songs in all three categories that I like and dislike. I can not intelligently comment on the different styles of Greek music, but I too find his older recordings more to my liking. I believe the song "Night" was with Bregovic - if I'm not mistaken. Is this the type of Baltic sound you are referring to when you say it will not fly in southern Greece? I am familiar with Eastern European music (Klezmer and the neighboring countries that contributed to it). I find so many similarities , as well as differences between music from Russia to the Near East. I don't think I'm alone when I say that music, as a universal language crosses many national boundries. I'm looking forward to hearing the new cd with Albanian influences and compare them to those songs and melodies I've already heard. Hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes. I just find music tells so much about the ethnicity of people and the influences to each. I hope I find this topic again so I can hear any comments.
  4. I'm going crazy trying to locate everyone on this site. There are so many "topics" that I don't know where anyone or any messages I may be interested are. :blink: OK, now that I found you, I have some questions. Did I read right that the new cd is a remake of Sta Trogoudia Pou Sou Grafo basically? (Not sure I spelled it right) It is not one of my favorites. Christo, are the 2 songs you mentioned from the new cd? Any further word about the proposed N.Y. concert? I'm asking all these questions at once in case I loose you all again. Have a good weekend, Louise
  5. Am I reading this correctly that this concert with the choir and Israeli Philharmonic and Dalaras will be in N.Y.? If so, count me in. I'll wait for more details.
  6. You're right Christo. It is water under the bridge. I'm sorry his fans in the Greek-American community have held onto this resentment to his comments so long - especially since opinions have changed. I understand Dalaras has always been political and to the Left, so, it really shouldn't have been such a surprise to his fans that he made a comment, but, as you said, timing is everything. Oh well, Guess I'll have to go to Greece again to see him in concert. (Gives me an excuse to go back) :lol:
  7. OOPS! No, I didn't know his wife was his manager. I thought Kostas at Globe booked his tours. At least that is what Dimitri (Kostas' son) told me. He said Globe has been doing so for the past 15 years. I always think of music being the universal language. Aside from being ethnic music, each performer has to update the style of the song into the time he is singing it to attract a wider audience. I think Dalaras' songs were very timely arranged . Of course, being new to his music, I can only go by what I have heard. Yes, singing a song in its native language is better. Ironically the U.S. is made up of people from many coutries, but isolated for the most part from other cultures. Having said that, there are those who will listen to and enjoy music in a language they don't understand. I agree that not everyone here will like it, but there is an audience here for "foreign" music. It just needs to be marketed well. JMHO
  8. I can't resist putting my 2 cents into this discussion. As for Dalaras not being big here, I think that has more to do with his management than Dalaras himself. I'm talking about past years. His music, though in foreign languages., was "today" enough in style to have people here pay attention to him. Look at Josh Grobin. His first songs were in both English and other languages and became very popular. Yes, he is American, but his songs were mixed. Another Greek singer who sings in English very well has had trouble "making it" here. I'm talking about Mario Frangoulis. He is young, handsome, not political (as far as him speaking out against the war) and yet, he is not on talk shows and his current concert tour is limited. Also, mainly in the Greek-American community. As for Dalaras' political stand, there are a lot of people in this country who do not believe we belong in Iraq. More and more people here are beginnning to feel this way. I'm not taking sides, but just trying to say that unless people resented a non-American saying so, I don't think that would have boycotted his concerts. As a 5th generation American, I for one enjoy all kinds of music, foreign or domestic. Of course, I may be an exception, but I live in rural Arizona and have introduced my patients to Frangoulis, Dallaras, Franchi, Grobin and Bocelli. All are very well received by people who are not too nervous about their exam. What I really believe the problem in the past and in the present is for those trying to make it here is lack of aggressive management by people with influence.
  9. I agree that Dalaras would have become an international star had he recorded a mix of songs in English as well as the other languages he sings in. But, most important, whoever is doing his marketing, has limited the publicity he has received here in North America. In the 70s, had his records coincided with TV appearances and concerts, I'm sure he would have developed an American audience. Though I am bi-lingual, I don't understand any of the languages Dalaras sings in, but his voice and style won me over. I'm sure others would have enjoyed hearing and seeing him perform as well. Those of us who did not have the opportunity have been deprived. Louise
  10. Dear Geeske and Alexandros, I've been reading your posts regarding whether Dalaras is singing for money or not. As a singer myself, I can tell you that it is a compulsion and passion that you MUST do, whether you get paid or not. I have heard this comment from so many performers, famous and not. Of course, if you have the fortitude to stick with it enough to earn a living at it, so much the better. Often performers have said how lucky they are to earn a living doing what they would do for nothing. I'm not saying that money does not play a role in Dalaras' decisions, but I believe, like many artists, more importantly, his performance and the positive reaction of the audience is most important. Of course, I'm projecting, based on the experiences of those I've spoken to as well as my own. Louise
  11. Anna, Do you think the difference in the reception between the U.S. and Canada was political? I'm sure there are Americans who agreed with what Dalaras said during his previous visit here. I'm sure his fans know something about his opinions. I've heard that he has been vocal in the past. Did Dalaras meet with any of his fans in Canada? Curious. Louise
  12. Dear Christo, I finally found the comments to the concerts and read yours first. Reading your comments left me with some speculations. First, there are many artists, older than Dalaras who are still singing and attracting both their old as well as new fans. Tony Bennett is one that comes to mind. Of course, we loose some of the stamina in our voices as we age (I am a singer too and sing now in lower keys than in the past) we can still make up for it with arrangements and emotions. I believe Dalaras is very capable of this. I get the impression he was not very happy being in Chicago as the back-up for an up and coming performer. In the past, did he stay to talk to fans? Another problem I see is the people arranging these concerts. From my communication with them in the past they Globe is not very efficient. I am a relatively new fan of Dalaras', maybe about 2 years. I am older than he and I am not Greek nor do I speak Greek.. Yet, his music and style cross boundraris. Why hasn't he been more widely advertised in the past, beyond the Greek-American community? I'm sure there are those too, who have heard him in the past that would have attended a concert had they even known about it. So little publicity. Are his concerts in Greece well attended? Like you, I would like to see a solo concert of Dalaras, and, well publicized. If he packed the Meadowlands, he does have fans here. They need to be reached. I'll stop so I can read some of the other comments. I'm sorry you were disappointed. Louise
  13. Thank you Geeske for the information. Do you know if the cd will be released in Greece only or can it be gotten on the internet or available in the USA? Best regards, Louise