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Masonik – Rebetiko in Dub

  • August 21, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Masonik  – Rebetiko in Dub 



Rebetiko, the urban music of the dispossessed, traces it’s heritage to the story of a culturally rich city … burnt to the ground. From the ashes a 1920’s musical form fused Eastern and Western modes to create what is often referred to as the Greek Blues. Songs and laments focussed on drug addiction, sorrow and life on the streets. In the late 1930’s the Greek Government, at the time, banned the music and thus making it’s form or performance, illegal.

Rebetiko isn’t the music of the oppressed … it is the music of the Underworld.

In 2004, Perth arts collective, Masonik began a project that fuses the music of Rebetiko with electronica, jazz and dub. The project saw Masonik perform their take of the music for ABC Radio National in Sydney and was featured on a broadcast for the program Sound Quality. In 2014 Masonik were invited to perform their Rebetiko set in Athens at the prestigious Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. In Perth the work has been played numerous times, of note for the Tura Music Festival – Hellenic Ekhos.

Masonik’s musical project has also evolved into an art exhibition titled Altar’d Lament, with sculptural, photographic and video works being created. These works have been exhibited in Perth and Melbourne.

Masonik will be performing with acclaimed Melbourne based Rebetiko musician Con Kalamaras. Con is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Rebetiko Festival and is a regular performer of this musical form playing with numerous practitioners of its unique style. Con will be playing traditional Greek instruments, the bouzouki and baglama across the electronic / dub soundscape created by Masonik. Vj footage of video recorded in Athens will be manipulated and projected providing a visual and aural experience not to be missed.