Theodora Athanassiou was born in Athens. She holds a degree in Education Studies from the University of Patras. She turned to music at the early age of six, teaching herself the bouzouki the baglama and taking part in school music bands and clubs. At eleven, she took up classes on repertoire and modes of folk guitar under the guitarist Nikos Protopapas. She has been working in live music clubs as a guitarist since the age of nineteen.
For the last ten years she has been focusing her studies on the eastern system of melody types (makam) for lavta (the Constantinople lute) and yaili tanbur under Christos Tsiamoulis and Eugenios Voulgaris, as well as on rythmology for traditional percussion under Sergios Voulgaris, as part of a five-year course in the Department of Greek music and Instruments at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras. Since 2004, she has attended a number of master classes on the technique and repertoire on lavta (2005) under Pericles Papapetropoulos and other eastern music traditions (afghan rabab, 2004 / KhaledArman, Persian radif, 2006 / Darius Talai) with Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Crete.
Since 2005 she has been tutoring and giving courses on theory, technique and repertoire for Greek folk guitar, lavta and yaili tanbur. She is also a teacher and tutor of Eastern music theory, with a focus on broader repertoire of eastern Mediterranean regions.
Since 2009, she has formed and presented a number of active groups collaborating with remarkable emerging Greek musicians and received widely favourable reviews both in Greece and abroad; (Giouf trio, Happy duo, Ap’ allou duo, Karpos trio, Terpnon ensemble, Garlic duo, Mpam trio, Theodora Athanassiou trio) with a focus on the role of guitar and lavta in music ‘idioms’ from Greece and the broader Mediterranean.
Workshop Title: Smyrna style and café aman rembetiko - Rebetiko composers from Asia Minor
Description: This workshop is centered on playing rembetiko repertoir with a group of participants of different instruments. Besides the workshop, Theodora ATHANASSIOU is going to present rembetiko history, instruments, representatives, roots-influencies, guitar role. Basic level on the instrument and reading scores are preferred.