Interview with Yiannis from Fortuna
An interview with Yiannis Zaronis by young critics Emily Waters & Ellis Bore.
One of the greatest aspects of the Canterbury Festival is the way that different genres and styles of music from all over the world are showcased and presented to give a wide range of musical diversity.
The performance that we were lucky enough to enjoy by ‘Fourtouna’, consisted of gypsy musical traditions of Europe and world music, which incorporated different musical styles such as Greek Rebetiko, Argentinian tango and Jazz. Yiannis Zaronis, a Greek musician, played three instruments during the performance: the guitar, which he told us afterwards that he had played since he was nine years old; the oud, an Arabic fretless lute; and a traditional Greek guitar- like instrument called the bouzouki.
This performance was incredibly interesting as it incorporated different styles of music, from traditional Greek folk songs, to Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’, all played on stringed instruments and accompanied by an accordian. This strange but inviting mixture of sound is reflected in the name ‘Fourtouna’ which we were told is Greek for ‘stormy sea’; the inconsistency of timbre and style which was not always smooth and expected during their performance, mirrored the idea of a stormy ocean. Following our brief interview with Yannis Zaronis, who started to learn these instruments due to a love for world music and cultural influence, we were impressed with his enthusiasm for music and his eagerness to learn about new cultures and associated musical ideas.
His words “the more I learn, the less I know” really struck us as being inspirational, as he is keen to explore new ideas around musical timbres, playing techniques and instruments, and is certain that you never lose your student identity as you will never know everything about a certain area. We are very grateful for this opportunity to explore new musical genres from different cultures and are much more educated about the world we live in as a result.