“Plastikes Karekles represent a culture of reinvention as defiant and hopeful as the music itself.” –Songlines magazine
An eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians with roots from traditional Greek folk to classical and jazz. The group is known for their own arrangements of music by Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and Xarhakos featuring a fusion of classical string instruments with Greek traditional ones.
The group have appeared at performances and festivals in Greece and abroad. In the UK they have performed at Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David's Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more intimate venues such as the Green Note, Vortex and the Forge, London. The musicians of Plastikes Karekles are also the founding members of the Rebetiko Carnival, a one month festival in June with Rebetiko music at its heart. They are dedicated to exposing this treasured music to as many people as possible.
Rebetiko is the music of an urban sub culture called “Rebetes”. It emerged in Greece in the 1920s bringing a rich synthesis of music from all over Greece, Asia minor, Ottoman modal art music, Byzantine chant and cafe music. The music expresses the pain and suffering of the people at the time, through war, poverty and incarceration, as well as other deeply felt sentiments and aspects of everyday life. Due to the controversial nature of its themes (such as violence and drug abuse) and anti establishment lyrics, the songs were often censored or banned. However, reflecting every part of life this music also has some of the most beautiful and melodic love songs. With the music's genesis being from the edges of society or “underground”, it was frowned upon and snobbed by people who considered themselves to be from the more socially acceptable classes.
The venue is a deliciously sumptuous sofa-filled home-crafted cinema like none other, housed in a beautiful building oozing the history both of the neighbourhood and of costume creation. Even the loos are like none other in London!! Uniquely again, a ticket entitles you to free tea/coffee. Stronger stuff is available at the riverside Mayflower Pub, only a few cobble stones away. Sands Films is an inspiringly intimate place to hear fabulous music.
Doors open 7.15pm. Nearest station: Rotherhithe.