“The Journeys of Ottoman Greek Music” with Panayotis League was published on 3 May 2020. Please click the link below to listen the podcast.
“What is Greek music? For our guest Panayotis League, it’s no one thing. Rather, it is diversity that defines the many regional musical traditions of Greece and the broader Greek diaspora. In this episode, we discuss League’s ethnomusicological research on Greek music in diaspora, and we explore the history and transformation of Ottoman Greek music before and after the exchange of populations between Turkey and Greece. As League explains, Greek music in the Ottoman Empire was inextricably linked to the musical traditions of neighboring Turkish, Armenian, and Sephardic communities. However, the First World War, the Second Greco-Turkish War, and the exchange of populations that sent the entire Greek Orthodox population of Anatolia to Greece eliminated spaces of intercommunality where Ottoman music thrived. In our conversation, we discuss how the intercommunal music of the Ottoman Empire survived in Greece among exchanged people who pioneered the new rebetiko style that would reshape Greek popular music. We also discuss how the music of Ottoman Greeks fit into a larger diasporic communal dynamic in places like the United States.
Panayotis League is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas. He publishes widely on Greek and Brazilian music, dance, and oral poetry, and his monograph “Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora” is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. He performs the traditional music of Kalymnos and Crete throughout the Greek diaspora, and in 2019 was named a Master Artist by the Florida Folklife Program.
Chris Gratien is Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, where he teaches classes on global environmental history and the Middle East. He is currently preparing a monograph about the environmental history of the Cilicia region of the former Ottoman Empire from the 1850s until the 1950s.
Episode No. 463
Release Date: 3 May 2020
Recording Location: Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, Massachusetts
Music and Audio Elements: Selections from “Greek Island And Mountain Songs”; Mandolin Greek Music – Kefalonia; Traditional Greek Smyrneika Music from Massachusetts (Library of Congress); Viktorya Hanim – Eğil Dağlar Üstünden Aşam; Gus Gadinis – Kaniri; Music of Petros Peloponnesios by En Chordais Ensemble; Nihavend Semai by George Alevizos and Gina Kalli; Smyrneiko Minore by Marika Papagika; Mes tou Manthou ton Teke by George Katsaros; Roza Eskenazi – Mesa Stin Poli Vriskomai; Gazeli Neva Sabah by Rita Abadzi; Roza Eskenazi – Dhimitroula; Soft and Furious – So What?; “Sarki Syrto” from Traditional Music and Songs from Kalymnos
Special thanks to Ian Nagoski and Sam Dolbee
Sound production by Chris Gratien
Images and bibliography courtesy of Panayotis League at www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2020/05/gr…music.html