Diaspora and Rebetiko Music

  • November 13, 2023 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Great Hall, KCL Strand Campus

    Greater London, London
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Co-organised with Konstantinos Trimmis and the Society for Modern Greek Studies.


Join us for an evening dedicated to exploring the songs and music of the Greek diasporic world with the Rebetiko Carnival ensemble. The Rebetiko Carnival musicians are a group brought together by the Rebetiko Carnival festival, representing some of the UK’s most beloved Greek bands. For this evening’s performance, they bring together musicians from Plastikes Karekles, Amalgama, and the Icons of Greek Music project. They have performed at festivals in Greece, France, Italy, Scotland, Wales and Qatar. In the UK they have performed at the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more at intimate venues such as the Green Note, Vortex and the Forge, London.


Dr Konstantinos Trimmis, CHS Visiting Research Fellow, will introduce the evening’s programme and the two speakers. Ed Emery, the coordinator of the SOAS Rebetiko Band, will speak about his decades-long experience of conducting rebetiko research and organizing musical activities in London, Istanbul, and elsewhere. He will also introduce the forthcoming book, titled the SOAS Rebetiko Reader, and pay homage to Ilias Petropoulos, the father of rebetiko studies, who died in Paris 20 years ago. Dr James Nissen (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Music, University of Sheffield) specializes in music, identity, and multiculturalism. He will present his research on the London rebetiko scene and the rebetiko of the Greek diaspora. 


More information here.

Date & Time

Mon, Nov 13, 2023 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Venue Details

Great Hall, KCL Strand Campus

Greater London, London Great Hall, KCL Strand Campus
Centre for Hellenic Studies

The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London is a unique grouping of academics in different disciplines and departments, with interests and expertise covering more than three millennia, from Aegean prehistory to the history, language, literature and culture of Greece, Cyprus and the worldwide Greek diaspora today.

Our work and our international prestige are supported by a distinguished International Advisory Board, with external members from the USA and Greece as well as the UK. The Centre's members participate in research projects funded by such prestigious bodies as the European Research Council (ERC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Many of our projects have attracted generous sponsorship from leading Greek and Cypriot charitable foundations, including A.G. Leventis, Stavros Niarchos and Alexander S. Onassis.

Founded in 1989, the Centre is committed to promoting knowledge and understanding of Greek history, language, and culture of all periods, and in particular the fostering of research with a comparative focus, whether cross-cultural or exploring the diachronic spectrum of Hellenism itself.

In close partnership with the Department of Classics (ranked 1st in the UK in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework) the Centre builds upon the expertise of a membership drawn from a range of departments and central services across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences & Public Policy, and from the neighbouring Courtauld Institute of Art. Visiting Fellows and Visiting Professors are also affiliated to the Centre for periods of between six months and three years.

The director of the Centre is Gonda Van Steen. For a full list of members please email chs@kcl.ac.uk.