Speaking on the latest episode of the Ouzo Talk Podcast, Sydney University’s Sir Nicholas Laurantos Chair in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Professor Vrasidas Karalis, explains how Quinn ‘created’ the character of Zorba for the 1964 Michael Cacoyannis film, Zorba the Greek.
Tag: George Ellis
For Greek-Australian conductor and composer, George Ellis, there aren’t too many accomplishments that come close to plying his trade at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games – and it’s not hard to understand why as he retells his story on the Ouzo Talk podcast.
A professional musician from the tender age of just 14 attending school by day and performing gigs by night, Thanasis has shared the stage with Greek music royalty such as the likes of Dimitris Bassis, Stathis Aggelopoulos, Vasilis Lekkas, Nikos Kourkoulis, Kelly Kellidou, Thanasis Vasilakos, Sakis Arsenious….the list goes on.
Written and performed by Alex Lykos, with original music composed by award-winning George Ellis, Jawbone is a bold, dark comedy about a man on the edge trying to come to terms with his place in the world.
Completely self taught, musician and songwriter George Karantonis composed his first song at age 7, penning the poignant lyrics; “Xenos ekei, xenos kai edo, patrida nisi, to yiofiri ego” or “A stranger there, a stranger here too, homeland homeland, the adopted son”. GCT speaks to George about his amazing life’s journey from humble childhood, to becoming a member of famed band ‘Moda Blue’, his Opening Ceremony performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the song ‘Australia’ he composed at the request of late Archbishop Stylianos and, more recently, his historical rendition of the Greek Anthem as part of 200th Greek Independence Day celebrations.
The full Greek National anthem, Hymn to Liberty, 158 stanzas long, was performed live for the first time in Australian history, in a symphonic arrangement lead by the acclaimed conductor George Ellis.