Snap Scene: Dimitris Basis performs Mikis Theodorakis, Melbourne Recital Centre, 6th May 2022

Dimitris Basis performs Mikis Theodorakis, Melbourne Recital Centre, 6th May 2022 by Mary Boukouvalas

Born in Greece in 1925, Mikis Theodorakis resolutely devoted his life to fighting for freedom and justice, searching for valid and comprehensible forms of musical expression, and pursuing the significance of art. This long journey ended in Athens on Thursday morning of 2 September in Athens.

In 1962, Mikis Theodorakis composed a dramatic synthesis based on The Dead Brother’s Song named The Ballad of the Dead Brother which referred to the Greek Civil War and the then oppressive political situation in Greece.

The lasting legacy of Mikis Theodorakis in Greece and beyond is found not only in his struggle for freedom, even in the face of personal torture and exile, it is in his flawless coupling of art with the voice of the people. What could be a more pertinent example than his perhaps most famous composition: ‘the dance melody’ for Michael Cacoyannis’ legendary film Zorba the Greek, which has become an unofficial Greek national anthem. The significance of this melody for the people of Greece echoes the power of Verdi’s Va Pensiero, and the melody that first inspired Theodorakis to become a composer, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

About Mary Boukouvalas 1396 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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