I’m excited! Alkistis Protopsaltis and Eleftheria Arvanitaki are going to be at Town Hall in our own NYC next month. I had a chance to experience this graceful mesmerizing duo last summer when they gave a concert in the open air ancient theater in my native Ios. This dynamic duo is like Ying and Yang to the eyes and ears. A mellifluous combo that tap into a wide repertoire in the Greek song book–from rebektka to laika to their own compositions as well as covers by such greats as Mikis Theodorakis and Dimitra Galani. They imbue the stage with an aura of classical beauty and elegance. For women in middle age they are sophisticated and so so chic. Protopsaltis could have sprung to life from a an ancient Greek statue as an ancient Karyatid, Tall slender with graying short hair. Yeah I want to look just like her when i grow up. Alkistis and Eleftheria, even their uniquely Grecian names anciently exotic bring an aura to the stage. Her counterbalance Arvanitaki is the Greek Stevie Nicks with her long flowing saffron chiffon gracing her sinuous movements. Their voices and their movements meld into a meandering river of sound and sight that takes the audience into the center cosmos of the song.
I’m not that into Greek music but this duo has the eclectic sophistication both as performers and singers to satisfy the taste of even those who poo poo on Greek croners