February 11, 2014
"FLUTE OF CULTURE" AT DELTA BLUES MUSEUM
Mississippi's oldest music museum
to host Greek musical performance and workshop
ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT DESK
Delta Blues Museum will host a Greek bagpipe exhibition
and workshop presented by Flute of Culture, to benefit the
"One Stone" Tower Raising Campaign. The two-hour
presentation begins with an introduction to the history
of La Ponta Santorini, a 13th century Venetian tower, followed
by a musical performance featuring various handmade Greek
wind instruments, to express the harmony, melody and rhythm
of music not unlike that of Mississippi's own cane fife
tradition. Guests will learn about the development of primitive
wind instruments, from the double-flute to the tsabouna
(Greek Bagpipe). Led by Yannis Pantazis--musician, composer
and instrument artisan--the all-ages performance
is open to the media and public.
Where: Delta Blues
Museum, 1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, Mississippi
February 13, 2014 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
About La Ponta Santorini & The Flute of Culture
The "One Stone" Tower Raising Campaign is an ongoing effort to restore La Ponta, the 13th century Venetian tower of the Castle of Akrotiri Santorini, Greece. The tower was severely damaged by the ravages of time, as well as the devastating earthquake that struck the island of Santorini in 1956. In the winter of 2011-12, co-founders Yannis Pantazis and Argy Kakissis created Flute of Culture and funded efforts to preserve the interior of what remains of the tower.
This year, they are touring the United
States in order to raise funds-one stone at a time-to fully
restore the tower. For more information on the campaign,
The campaign's goal is not only to preserve an historic
monument but also to create a unique environment for cultural
exchange and musical education-not unlike the mission of
Delta Blues Museum.
More about Delta Blues Museum
A 2013 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services--the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community--the Delta Blues Museum
is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the Blues. The museum seeks $1.2 million for new and enhanced exhibits for its expansion, including the Muddy Waters Addition. Expanded exhibits will enable the cultural organization to better preserve and display the history and work of blues artists from the Mississippi Delta, and advance the Museum's ability to "tell" stories that inspire and educate future generations about this important American art form.
For online donations or for
more information on events or programs, please call (662)
627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.
Members of the press may register on the Museum website to access the PRESS
ROOM for further information, images and materials.
This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal