Two Greek words for today


This day started with an appointment with the stray dogs in Athens. They seem much healthier and happier than they did just a few years ago, and people seem to care more about them, letting them inside their shops while it is raining; feeding and appreciating them. For the first time I truely enjoyed my walks in Athens.


I was just a few hundered meters from my destination, a bazaar for stray dogs, when my map suddenly began to look different than my surroundings. I had to ask for help, and it turned out that those couple of hundred meters were not possible to pass by foot (that was not visible on the map). I would have to walk the same distance back again, then take the metro one station, then change, and one station further with another train. Only for 300 meters! I still enjoy my walks in Athens, but the city is far as logic as the greek grammar. 🙂

Elaborate in Greek, please

I was happy to finally meet with Aleksis Vakis, composer, arranger and music critic in several Greek music magazines and radio. Luckily my CD ended up with him a few years ago, which lead to the most wonderful review in the Greek music periodical ΔΙΦΩΝΟ (Difono). Later on we caught up on internet, and meeting him here in Athens was truly an enriching experience. We ended up at the local radio station, doing a broadcast on ” A Dance with the Shadows” in Greek 🙂

Pantelis Thalassinos live!

The concert was as wonderful as I dreamed of. The band contained of 10 amazingly steady musicians playing basic instruments as keyboards, bass, drums and guitars, as well as different kinds of wonderfully played flutes and a bagpipe. A psaltery like instrument called κανών (canon) was the ultimate sound spice during the concert, and the steady and expressive violin was in great balance with the extremely attractive λάουτο (laouto). The inevitable τουμπερλέκι (toumperleki) bound it all together and lifted the atmosphere up to beneath the roof. The voice combination Pantelis Thalassinos and Melia Kana was very successful. Kana is a wonderful singer. Pantelis himself is simply an endless source of good energy and wonderful melodies and arrangements, expressed through his wonderful voice and playing. He is a rarely inclusive, warm hearted and vivid musician!

A music trip to Athens!

I arrived Syntagma yesterday evening. The streets were so empty you would believe they were haunted. Only a few stray dogs and a bunch of police buses and men from the fire department would witness my careful steps towards my hotel in Plaka. They helpfully showed me the way, and ensured me there would be nothing to worry about, for the moment.

Arriving Plaka was another world. I enjoyed this warm December evening walking the narrow streets where the cafe tables are still standing outdoors with candle lights.  Akropolis is lightened up at night so that one can enjoy the sight of it at any times.

I have come here to listen to one of my heroes, Pantelis Thalassinos, who is playing tonight and tomorrow evening here in Athens. I am also here because of my own music. And it is like the whole town is whispering “change”, both on behalf of itself and me.

Christian, Oda, Nana, Per, Guy

En unik familieutstilling med bilder av Christian, Oda, Nana, Per, og Guy Krohg.
Telemarksgalleriet, 26. april – 20. juli 2008
Åpning lørdag 26. april kl. 13.00
Musikk av Per Lasson, arr. Tirill Mohn. Fremføres av Ylva Sjaastad (vokal), Tirill Mohn (gitar/vokal) og Sigrun Eng (cello).
Sossen Krohg leser fra sin bok
Frode Krohg forteller om familien Krohg
Åpningstale ved Toralv Maurstad
Billett 100,- / 80,-