East and West in Conversation – Common Songs in the Ottoman and Greek Music


Musical ensemble “Muhabet” - (“Friendly Conversation”) – Tourkish


Sunday 12 May
12:00 - 13:00


Giachoudi Hamam

East and West in Conversation – Common Songs in the Ottoman and Greek Music

Musical ensemble “Muhabet” – (“Friendly Conversation”) – Tourkish



  • AcemAşiranŞarkı

composer: AlekoBacanos

  •  Karcığar Şarkı

composer: Artaki Candan

lyrics: Abrahan Naum

greek lyrics: Semsis Agapios Tomboulis

  • Mâhûr Saz Semâî

composer: Kemençeci Nikolaki

  • Gam-Zedeyim Deva Bulmam (KesikKerem)

composer: Kemani Tatyos Efendi

  • Εntarisial’aΒenziyor

march of the First World War

  • Kâtip – From foreign lands
  • Kimseye Etmem Şikayet

composer: Kemani Serkis Efendi

lyrics: ihsanKaîf

  • 8. MendılımınYeşili (Doktor) – My Doctor!

This is a folk song.

  • 9. Bülbül Kanarya – My sweet canary

Erotic song from the Dardanelli, 1915, World War I



«Muhabbet» is a group that was formed from the mind of Dimitris Giannopoulos, who wanted to share an important part of the musical history of Thessaloniki, and in particular Frangomahalas’ neighborhood (Frangon Street), with the modern residents – citizens of the world. Firstly, it started from the conservatory and it only became reality when four very different musicians connected all with one thing in common; their love for tradition. Rich ranges of sounds and ornaments of various genres in their musical history, with common paths on independent musical trips, they all met to create a union that everyone can relate to.

The names of the two projects they created for the second SKG Bridges Festival are called “Muhabbet– Turkish” and “Muhabbet– Sephardic” with music and songs from Turkey and Spain, respectively.

The musical ensemble“Muhabbet” consists of:

  • Gӧerkem Saoulis: psaltery, singing
  • Giannis Poulios: violin
  • ChrysostomosVletsis: oud, singing
  • Maria Karamouza: percussion, singing


Gӧerkem Saoulis

She was born in Ankara in 1977. She studied Turkish music and the psaltery at the Conservatory of Istanbul (ITU). She participates as a soloist with her psaltery in two major theatrical productions (Abdulcanbaz and Bir DemetYasemen). In 1998 she collaborated with the founder of contemporary Turkish music, MelihKibar, in concerts, recordings and television shows. Görkem worked at the “Golden Horn” University of Istanbul until 2003. In 2017 her presented her first personal album entitled “Görkem”. From 2018 she has been the chief conductor of the ensemble “Romanos, Melodos”.

Giannis Poulios

Born in Bruschal in Germany, he grew up in Katerini. He studied at Katerini’s, Music School and then attended the Department of Folk and Traditional Music in Arta and the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Today he has an active participation in the Greek music scene, as well as abroad, with collaborations on stage and on a record level with various musical formats.

Chrysostos Veltsis

He was born in 1991 in Thessaloniki. From the age of 8, he was taught music near the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Master of psalms Panagiotis Neochoritis and the oud by Kyriakos Tapakis. Today, as Lampadarius, he commands the passage of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropygian Monastery of Vlatades. Finally, he is avital executive in musical formations and orchestras such as “Romanos, Melodos” and “The Leaves of Levante”.

Maria Karamouza

The soprano was born in Thessaloniki. After studying at the Forestry and Natural Environment Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she began her studies in classical singing at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. She knows traditional percussion, exploring the intensity and pulse of the traditional sounds in which she grew up. She has participated in festivals and concerts in many European countries as a choir, singer and artist. Her last participation as a performer was in the Munich Musical Theater Biennale in June 2018.