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by Αλέξανδρος Καψοκαβάδης

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Categories: Composers

by Αλέξανδρος Καψοκαβάδης

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By Stella Katarahia
Katerina Papadopoulou was born and lived her childhood in the village of Mesovouno in Ptolemaida. She is of Pontian descent, while her mother was a Pontian Turkish-speaking woman.

During her early youth she was involved in singing, participating in choirs and numerous musical groups in Germany.

At the age of 24 she began taking vocal lessons, specifically classical singing, while studying piano, European music theory and harmony.

While still in Germany, and in Berlin in particular, she heard Ottoman music for the first time at a Sufi music concert and, as she says, felt an unprecedented peace, something she had never felt before, with any other musical listening.

A few months before she decided to leave Berlin, she met Arab and Turkish musicians. So it was then that she saw a musician playing the rack, an Arab percussion instrument, which fascinated her and immediately piqued her interest. Although, as she says, it is a special musical instrument, quite difficult to use, from the first moment she took it in her hands she managed to get a beautiful and mellow sound, and she attended lessons for a short time until she left Germany.

However, her musical studies and her involvement with musical performance and interpretation do not stop here. Living for a time in Chania, Crete, she came into contact with Ross Daily and joined the then newly formed musical group ‘Lavyrinthos’, playing percussion.

At the same time, she continued her studies at the Conservatory, where a short time later she started teaching music theory. She had a great aptitude for the piano and her teachers encouraged her to go further. At the same time, she also began her interest in the oud, which continues to this day, and took lessons in Byzantine music.

In 1988 she moved to Thessaloniki. There, together with the great musicians Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, Kyriakos Gouventa and Yannis Alexandris, they formed a musical group, with which they gave numerous concerts. At the same time, Katerina Papadopoulou taught percussion, mainly bendir and tambourine, while she also participated in theatrical performances with the State Theatre of Northern Greece, playing in all the major ancient theatres of the country.

As far as the activity of composing music is concerned, it seems to have come quite naturally and effortlessly into the composer’s life. The primary field of musical composition was the percussion lessons she gave herself. In particular, during the lessons, in order to teach a particular musical rhythm, she used to invent melodies structured around the particular rhythm she wanted to convey to the students. She would play these melodies on the oud, while the pupils would accompany her by playing percussion. In fact, many of her compositions are melodies she invented for the needs of the lessons she gave.

Discography:

Anatoli, anatoli mou (2005)
Kiyi (2009).
Open Stratan (2017).

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