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Amalia Ramirez, Yorgos Kertsopoulos, Smaro Gregoriadou

Amalia Ramirez, Yorgos Kertsopoulos, Smaro Gregoriadou
"forms & strings", Museum Benaki, Athens 7 Feb. 2009

KERTSOPOULOS DOUBLE NECK PEDAL GUITAR

KERTSOPOULOS DOUBLE NECK PEDAL GUITAR
WITH ADJUSTABLE & MOVABLE BACK

Amalia and Yorgos

Amalia and Yorgos
At the temple of Dimitra-Eleusis

Amalia, Smaro and Yorgos

Amalia, Smaro and Yorgos
Before the event

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Amalia Ramirez interviewed after the event by Dionysia Blazaki

After the event Amalia Ramirez was interviewed by Dionysia Blazaki and commented on “Kertsopoulos Aesthetics”, Y.Kertsopoulos and the interpretational capabilities of the instruments heard and also the interpretation of Smaro Gregoriadou, “reinventing guitar"!

Below is the full text of the interview:

Dionysia Blazaki: Mrs. Ramirez, today you had a live experience of this particular proposition named: “Kertsopoulos Aesthetics”. What is the opinion you concluded for the musical result and how would you comment on the interpretational involvement, which Smaro Gregoriadou gives through these “aesthetics”?

Amalia Ramirez: I am very surprised, dazzled, because what I managed to observe is that every instrument has a very different personality.
It is as though every instrument constitutes a different path of expression.
They are very different from the usual guitars of the rest of the world.
Maybe there is one guitar, the first played by Smaro, which resembles the usual known guitar.
These guitars possess antique sounds, sounds with an ancient charm.
I believe Smaro is very talented and plays with a lot of sentiment. She is clear, Clear…

D. Blazaki: Thank you…would you like to say something else?

A. Ramirez: I would continue to comment…Yes; I would like to say some things more.
I think that Yorgos is a genius. All these are a miracle. He is a revolutionist; he is extremely original, extremely authentic. I was thinking as I was listening, something my father used to say when he met something exceptional.
He was saying: “when you see someone in a parade to march with a different step, this happens because he hears other drums playing”…drums…other drums.
He is not part of the mass.

D.Blazaki: Thank you so much.

All of us thank you from heart Amalia, for giving us the honor and the happiness to present an “honorary tribute to you and the tradition of your family” with you and Cristina being with us and I also thank you from heart, for your kind and very important comments, concerning my work.

Y.Kertsopoulos

For a video of the interview please see below on this blog.

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