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New Research Disproves Pythagoras’ Music Theory

New research has shown that the tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate people's appreciation of harmony, challenging centuries of Western music theory and disproving ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras' musical theories in at least two...

Chairman George: The Greek-Canadian Who Became a Singing Superstar in China

A PhD-trained statistician for the federal agency Statistics Canada is an unlikely candidate for becoming a singing sensation anywhere—much less in China. But this is the surprising path the life of Canadian-born George Sapounidis took after 1999, when he...

Why Greeks Break Plates: The History Behind the Custom

The sound of a plate smashing, shattering loudly as it meets the floor, is distinctive and tends to turn heads in a restaurant. Most of us, startled, think, Oh No! an unfortunate accident has occurred. But when plates shatter on...

Nikos Xylouris’ Voice Still Resonates Throughout Greece

Nikos Xylouris, nicknamed Psaronikos, who passed away on Feb. 8, 1980, is a symbol of Crete. He was one of its greatest singers whose talent made him internationally known. Xylouris was born in Anogeia, a rugged mountain region in the...

The Oldest Song Survived in Its Entirety Is Ancient Greek

The oldest song to have survived in its entirety is a first-century A.D. Greek tune known as the “Seikilos Epitaph.” The song, the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in the ancient Greek musical notation, was found in...

The Laterna, the Iconic Instrument of Greek Street Musicians

Any visitor to Ermou, the main shopping street in Athens, has likely seen Spyros Tarapossos and his laterna, or barrel piano. The laterna is an automatic piano operated by turning a crank on the side of the instrument. It is...

The Legacy of Vassilis Tsitsanis in Greek Music

When Vassilis Tsitsanis passed away on January 18, 1984, on his 69th birthday, music historians and experts knew that there will never be another Tsitsanis and all popular Greek music from then on would derive from his legacy alone. Tsitsanis'...

Iannis Xenakis, the Greek Composer Who Revolutionized Music

Greek composer Iannis Xenakis has an enduring legacy as one of the foremost composers of avant-garde music in the twentieth century.

Dua Lipa Splits From Greek-French Director Romain Gavras

Dua Lipa, the famous British singer has reportedly separated ways with Greek-French director Romain Gavras, saying she wants to concentrate on her music career. The pair had a whirlwind affair that started in February. In the summer the couple vacationed...

Google Admits Spotify Pays No Play Store Fees Due to Secret Deal

In a recent trial between Epic and Google, it was revealed that Spotify, the music streaming platform, made a secret deal with Google regarding payments on Android. During the trial, Don Harrison, head of global partnerships at Google, confirmed that...

Leonard Cohen Lives on Forever on Greek Island of Hydra

Influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen was continuously inspired by the Greek island of Hydra throughout his long career.

The Beatles’ Travels in Greece and the Dream to Buy an Island

More than fifty years ago, the Beatles travelled to Greece with the aim of buying an island.  By Jonathan Knott In July 1967, the Beatles were ascending new heights of fame and creative capacity. They had recently released the groundbreaking album...

Mystery of Stick Man on Led Zeppelin Album Cover Finally Solved

In a breaking revelation after over fifty years, the stick man on the famous Led Zeppelin IV album cover has been identified. The Wiltshire Museum in southwestern England disclosed on Wednesday that the man, known as the "Stick Man," was...

Grammy Nominations 2024, See the Full List of Nominees

The nominees for the 2024 Grammy Awards were announced today, Friday, November 10th, and SZA is taking the spotlight. SZA, known for her song "Kill Bill," leads the pack with nine nominations. Other standout nominees celebrating the achievements of young...

Sofia Vembo, the Singer of Greek Victory

Sofia Vembo – The famous Greek singer of the 20th century, became synonymous with the epic Greek victories against the fascist Italian troops in 1940 and 1941 during the Greco-Italian war along the Albanian front. Born in Gallipoli in Asia...