Bouzouki: the sound of Greek music

Bouzouki: the sound of Greek music

©Angelos Giotopoulos

What other instruments, best captures the Greek zest for life and that lingering feeling of kaimos than the three-stringed bouzouki. This long-necked lute is Greece’s most emblematic instrument. A photo essay on the making of a bouzouki.

©Angelos Giotopoulos

The tempo that builds in the bouzouki gives a real sense of the underlying raw emotion, of ‘rebetiko’s’ illegal past and its gentrification by the greats of modern Greek music, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hadzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis.

Angelos Giotopoulos’ lens captures the making of the stringed instrument at a workshop tucked in a little alley just off Rizari, in Pangrati.


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