‘En Chordais’, Musical Traditions of the Mediterranean


BRIEF HISTORY OF EN CHORDAIS

The main objectives of En Chordais, as set out in the organisation’s statutes, are the research, study, teaching and presentation of the Greek musical heritage, the search for and reconstruction of the elements of a shared musical culture of the Mediterranean through collaborations with cultural and research centres, educational bodies from around the Mediterranean and Europe and, finally, the support and promotion of new musical creation.

The activity of En Chordais has, above all, an educational, scientific and artistic nature, bearing two important parameters in mind:
i. the need to contribute to a collective cultural awareness
ii. the promotion of Greece as a crossroad of cultures, a place of peaceful coexistence and cultural dialogue and as the bearer of a rich heritage

From its creation in 1993 to today, En Chordais has an impressive body of work and experience to present, in both quality and quantity, spread throughout the Mediterranean and the rest of the world, involving leading musicians, musicologists and educators.

Recognition for its precious work came when in 2006 En Chordais was the Greek candidate for the UNESCO Sharjah Award.

En Chordais has, to date, given the opportunity to more than
5,000 students to follow courses and seminars, having worked with about 150 teachers for this purpose and having awarded over 100 scholarships. It has completed 25 research projects, published 11 books and manuals and has released 29 digital compact discs (many of which have accompanying booklets in three languages). It has organised more than 300 musical events, both small and large (International Musical Meetings, Concerts, Symposia, Recitals, Exhibitions of Musical Instruments, the Mediterranean Music Forum and many others) providing the opportunity to over 500 musicians to present their art to both Greece and abroad.

These actions have been widely reported throughout the world, resulting in an extensive body of positive criticism, publications, radio and television programs, interviews etc in some of the major world media (BBC World Service, TV5, Radio Canada, Radio France, Turkish Radio & Television, Al Jazira, Hellenic Radio & Television etc).

En Chordais was the leader of the considerable project “MediMuses”, in the frame of the Euromed Heritage II Program (founded by the European Union). The project \“MediMuses\” implemented numerous actions throughout Europe, the Maghreb and the Middle East. En Chordais, participates as partner in projects \“Extra!\”, \“Cantates des Rives\” and \“More\”, in collaboration with other institutions from Europe and the Mediterranean.

In order to carry out its program, En Chordais has collaborated with major institutions and bodies (European Union, Presidency of the Hellenic Republic, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Municipality of Istanbul, Holy Community of Mount Athos, the Athens Concert Hall, the Cairo Opera House, Medecins du Monde, the Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music Studies of Tunis, the Lebanese Academy of Music, the National Music Conservatory of Amman, the Maritime Museum of Oinoussae, the State Theater of Northern Greece, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Radio France, Theatre De La Ville les abeses, Cite de la Musique, Alexander S Onassis Public benefit Foundation of USA, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, Memories of Byzantium, Echanges Culturelles En Mediterranee of Marseille, Centro Flamenco Paco Pena of Cordoba, Scuola di Musica Antica di Venezia, The Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Beirut, National Music Conservatory / Noor Al Hussein Foundation of Amman, Institute Superieur De Musique of Tunis, Centre des Musiques Arabes et Mediterraneennes of Tunis, El Hefny Center of Cairo, European Byzantine Festival In London, Discoveries Festival of London, Yapi Kredi Art Festival of Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Department of Cultural Affairs etc).


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