Coming up July 19th in Chania, the 4th Cretan World Music Festival takes place at the Kapsomenos Foundation. Organized by the famous jazz violinist and festival founder Maria Manousaki, the event will be located in the picturesque village of Alikianos, which is about 10 kilometers outside of the Crete’s best-known city, Chania.
According to the news from Chania, the quaint village of Alikianos was chosen for these events because Manousaki wants her village to be revived culturally and financially. The video below from Maria Manousaki’s YouTube channel is from 2016.
This year’s artists include; Cretan Jazz Project, Haig Yazdjian and his band, and Vasilis Skoulas and his group. Manousaki had this to say to reporters:
“The festival each year features 3 different bands. A very exciting collaboration of world-renowned musicians coming together from all over the globe to perform in Crete. The music, a combination of Armenian and Cretan melodies amalgamated into a New York jazz ambiance with dominant Mediterranean influences.”
Musicians from previous years who have performed at the festival are Ross Daly- Ireland, Pantelis Krassadakis, Giorgos Voyiatzis, Petros Klampanis, Petros Kourtis, Andreas Arnold- Germany, Carlos Ronda Mas- Spain, Guy Mintus- Israel, Stefan Olufsen- Sweden, Zacharias Spyridakis, Yiannis Papazanis, Demetris Sideris, Τigran Sargsyan- Armenia, David Lynch- USA, and Yotis Kiourtsoglou.