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Jun
22
Wed
Vershawn Ward Presents #SayHerName and Youth Showcase: Future Worlds @ AS220's Blackbox
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Vershawn Ward Presents #SayHerName and Youth Showcase: Future Worlds @ AS220's Blackbox

 

Hey AS220 Community! There’s a guest artist show coming to Providence next week! This performance is free and open to the public. Please join us for what will be a night of inspiration and great art-making! June 22nd @ 5pm is a date for your calendar!

Vershawn Ward : #SayHerName

 

Guest artist Vershawn Ward will be performing #SayHerName in Collaboration with work from AS220 Youth at AS220’s Black Box Theater on June 22nd at 5:00pm. The evening starts off with a bang, with a performance of Chicago based artist Ward’s new solo #SayHerName, followed by a brief presentation of choreography by Ward set onto member’s of AS220’s Youth Program.  Chicago-based choreographer, Vershawn Ward’s riveting new solo work,  #SAYHERNAME,  examines the criminalization of female black activists Angela Davis and Assata Shakur and draws parallels to the present day arrest and subsequent death of Sandra Bland. The solo dancer finds herself inside a confined space, both physically inside a “prison cell, and mentally bound by her condition and loss of POWER. The work illuminates the struggle these women faced to continue fighting for agency and the liberation of their own bodies.

AS220 Youth Spring Showcase: “Futureworlds Revolution”

 

AS220 Youth’s End of Spring Showcase is here! This showcase is  the large display of the hard work and talent that comprises AS220 Youth. The Showcase will feature performances as well as an in depth look at the programs and learning opportunities that exist at AS220 Youth.  Over the past 3 months, young people have been working on “Futureworlds: Revolution ”: AS220 Youth’s FIRST EVER Hip Hop Theater Fashion Show which will be premiering on September 9th and 10th at the Pell Chafee Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

An In-depth look at Guest Artist Vershawn Ward:

 

Vershawn Ward, choreographer, performer, and dance scholar, is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Red Clay Dance Company based in Chicago, IL. Ward holds a MFA in Dance from New York University and the first recipient of a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been presented at festivals around the world. She is a 2013 3Arts awardee and in 2016 she was selected by NewCity Magazine as one of the “Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago”. Her Afro-contemporary dance company performs and teaches on Chicago’ South Side, with the intention of bringing socially conscious performances and dance education to underserved communities. Vershawn has served as an adjunct faculty member and facilitated residencies both nationally and internationally. She curates La Femme: a bi-annual, four-day festival presented in March in celebration of Women’s History Month and also directs the annual Dance4Peace Youth Concert & Community Hug Awards, one of the few non-competitive teen dance festivals in the Chicago.

AS220’s Artist in Residency Program houses an artist for either 2 weeks or a month who comes in to create their work at AS220. The artists make use of AS220’s facilities and share their work with the community, inspiring conversation and innovation throughout the city.

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with Katie McNamara & Olase Freeman// Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

04_FleetingThoughts_4OlaseJessicaOlase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University 1994, MFA UWM 2011) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company.  Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Link’s Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2002), as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute (Brown University).  As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Link’s Hall (Chicago), CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle, WA), and University of Montana, Missoula.

KatieMcNamara2Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Bobby Meader Music (NV), The Great Western States, Public Policy, Mikey Belcastro @ Psychic Readings
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – Jun 23 @ 12:30 am
What Cheer? Brigade, Malportado Kids, and Mal Devisa @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 22 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 1:00 am

WHAT CHEER? SUMMER TOUR STARTS NOW AT AS220!!

Mal Devisa (NorthHampton, MA)
With driving bass melodies, hypnotizing harmonies and a variety of genres, Carr conjures up a live show one would have to see in order to truly hear.
https://maldevisa.bandcamp.com/

Malportado Kids (PVD)
Tropical dance punks here to help you set the empire on fire.
http://malportadokids.bandcamp.com/

What Cheer? Brigade (PVD)
Providence’s very own brass band kicking off their summer tour! 90% brass 10% booty sweat ;)
http://www.whatcheerbrigade.com/

+++TBD

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Jun
23
Thu
Umberto Crenca’s 30 Hour Doodling Marathon @ AS2220's Blackbox
Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 11:00 pm
Umberto Crenca's 30 Hour Doodling Marathon @ AS2220's Blackbox

Old AS220 Artistic Directors don’t retire, they just get forced to doodle for 30 hours straight to raise money for us! That’s exactly what Umberto ‘Bert’ Crenca, AS220’s Founder and Plenipotentiary, is going to attempt to do from 5pm on Thursday June 23rd until 11pm on Friday June 24th inside AS220’s Black Box Theater at 95 Empire Street, Providence. Can he create a 30 ft doodle in 30 hours to celebrate 30 years of AS220?  Donate to find out!

Yes, Bert had his fun running this place, but now we’re sticking him in a black, windowless room to create art in support of AS220 Youth – our free after school arts program that serves at-risk young people. After he moved out of AS220’s main office, he took over a studio in Youth where he creates, conducts his business and generally holds court. In Downcity, that’s prime real estate! Time to pay the rent.

This is your chance to torture – sorry, support! – Bert in his epic doodle performance. How long he doodles is up to you. Every thousand dollars raised keeps him drawing for another hour. Want to see him sweat? Donate to put his endurance to the test!

Over the years, Bert has drawn thousands of doodles, many created during countless meetings at AS220. An expansive selection of doodles will be sale for $40 in the Black Box while Bert toils away at his 30 ft doodle. If you can’t make it down to watch him work, visit AS220’s website and buy a ‘Doodle Lucky Dip’ (according to our staff member from New Zealand, a lucky dip is something selected at random!).  Help us take advantage of the artist before the art market does!

This event is free and open to the public. We will be live streaming on TV220 – AS220’s YouTube channel (link) – and accepting donations online (link). All sales and donations go directly to benefit AS220 Youth.


WHAT: Umberto Crenca’s 30 Hour Doodling Marathon

WHEN: 5pm on Thursday, June 23rd to 11pm on Friday, June 24th

WHERE: AS220 Black Box Theater – 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903

CONTACT: David Dvorchak, AS220 Communications Director, 401-831-9327 x 121 / david@as220.org

Armageddon Shop Presents: WINDHAND, PILGRIM, and FACES OF BAYON @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 23 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 1:00 am
Jun
24
Fri
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open Level Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir// Fridays @ 6:30-7:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6-class package

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundaments of the spirit of the technique.

NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Hard Charger [NB], Gowl, Ratstab, Flinstones @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 24 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 25 @ 1:00 am

You looking for some action?

Hard Charger (Crusty metallic hardcore punk from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada making a return to PVD)
https://hardcharger.bandcamp.com/

Gowl (Connecticut grind bllleeeaaarrruuuggghhh)
http://gowl.bandcamp.com/

Ratstab (Punk as fuck)
http://ratstab.bandcamp.com/

Flinstones (Local punky thrash metal, no music online?)

June 24th @ AS220
115 Empire Street
9pm, 7 big ones ($$$$$$$)

Jun
25
Sat
Womanimation Festival 2016 @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 25 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 26 @ 12:00 am
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Womanimation!, the premiere showcase in the United States of international women’s animated short films, returns to Rhode Island for a special one-day only engagement at AS220 in Providence on Saturday, June 25th.
Presenting a select program of eleven short films from Europe, Asia, and North America, the festival blends styles such as traditional 2-d hand drawing, stop motion, and computer animation.  With one world premiere, three US premieres, and seven New England and East Coast premieres, the festival offers a rare chance for local audiences to sample the world of women’s animation.
Though never longer than 20 minutes, and sometimes under five, the films emphasize well-developed narratives. Themes run the gamut from more female-centric themes like motherhood, body image, and gender roles, to more universal themes like family relationships and the cycle of life.
The festival program will screen at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm, with a catered reception following the final screening featuring DJ Madame B creating international soundscapes.
Deep Sound presents Women on Strings @ AS220 Black Box
Jun 25 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 26 @ 1:00 am
Deep Sound presents Women on Strings.
An evening of beautiful and brutal performances featuring New York artists Valerie Keuhne (Cello and Voice), Emilie Lesbros  (Guitar and Voice) and local powerhouse performers Rachel Rosenkrantz (Contrabass), and Francesca Caruso (Violin and Voice).
Rachel Rosenkrantz -Rachel is a french luthier and upright-bass player based in Providence, Rhode Island. Born and raised in France, she was first trained as a Baroque guitarist while been exposed to french pop music as well as yiddish choir and sepharadic rites. Once she moved to Providence she explored some electronica djing world music before electing the upright bass as her main instrument and sings with a dusky voice.
Valerie Keuhne – Voice and Cello and Toys
Valerie Kuehne is a cross-pollinated work of chaos. Fusing music, performance art, narrative, and experimental curation, she has been told that, “if this music thing doesn’t work out, she’d probably make an awesome cult leader.” (Boston Public Space).

Ms. Kuehne has systematically split her time between touring the planet, performing in as many unexpected settings as possible, and building a community for experimental music and performance art in New York. Her series, The Super Coda, is an experimental cabaret that has united electrifying performers 9 years running.

Ms. Kuehne’s work operates under principles of surprise, and investigates obsession, comedy, decay, forensic pathology, sex, hypnogogia, viscera, spirituality & death. She has worked as a resident artist/curator at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Spectrum, JACK, Small Beast and Ange Noir. Ms. Kuehne operates a blog of music reviews and performance philosophy (www.thesupercoda.com) and frequently releases albums that blur the line between comfort and discomfort (www.dreamzoo.bandcamp.com). Ms Kuehne has performed and helped curate many festivals, including bipaf, the brooklyn experimental song carnival, the mpa-b, the hitparaden international festival for performance kunst, the experiMENTAL festival, Sonic Circuits, jazzPeru, and the Boise Creative & Experimental music festival, and PAF, to name a few.

Ms. Kuehne is also the creator/curator of Trauma Salon, a monthly gathering of performers/musicians/artists as a platform for artists to collectively and individually process trauma or, if necessary, create it. She is an advocate for those suffering from mental illness and addiction, incessantly seeking new ways to break down stigma and misconceptions about both.

 
Emilie Lesbros – A french vocalist/multi instrumentalist. J’Adore!
Francesca Caruso —
Jun
26
Sun
Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!  

A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Intermediate Ballet w/ Stephanie Albanese @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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African Dance w/ Seydou Coulibaly @ 3rd Floor Dance Studio
Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
High-energy, celebratory dances from Mali, West Africa, taught by Seydou Coulibaly alongside a live djembe ensemble.
Sundays 4-5pm
$15 for the community, $10 for students with College ID

 

The Laugh of the Medusa Part I: Sight/Gaze @ AS220's Blackbox
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
The Laugh of the Medusa Part I: Sight/Gaze @ AS220's Blackbox

The first installment of a three-part multimedia performance series investigating the relationship between eroticism and subjectivity, with an emphasis on femme and queer perspectives.  Each performance will frame eroticism in the context of a different sense: sight, taste, and sound.  This show will consider the erotic possibilities of sight and the ways that gaze—whether exerted or received—structures seduction, sexual exchange, and the erotic self.  Work will include films, readings, and performance art by local and international artists.  Wear your favorite femme fatale heels.

  1. Hadley Sorsby-Jones (reading)
  2. Willa Tracy (film)
  3. Shey Rivera (performance art)
  4. Heléna Thompson (film or photographs; remote contribution)
  5. Ela Alpi (film; international; remote contribution)
  6. Sara Dunn (drawings/paintings—to line walls or to frame entrance to Black Box)
  7. Astrid Drew (reading or performance art)
Jun
27
Mon
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance with rotating faculty// Mondays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes *no class  7/4

This summer features a rotating and diverse faculty. For intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.

w/ Betsy Miller 6/6, 6/20
w/ Matthew Cumbie 6/13
w/ Katie McNamara 6/27
w/ Shannon Norquist 7/11
w/ Caitlin Trainor 7/18- 8/8
w/ Nikki Carrara 8/15
w/ Shannon Norquist 8/22, 8/29

Jun
28
Tue
Hatha Yoga w/ Angie Hartley @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hatha Yoga with Angie Hartley // Tuesdays @ 5:30-6:30pm // $13 drop-in/ $10 class package

This Hatha style yoga class aims to engage a community through open-level group practice.  Student practitioners should expect to receive clear and specific physical cues, while being encouraged to reach beyond a purely physical experience.  The theme of compassionate self-awareness will be woven into each class, building community through understanding and acceptance of the self.

Photo on 9-1-15 at 12.25 PMAngie Hartley is a yoga practioner, dancer, choreographer and teacher.  She received her BA from Keene State College in Theater and Dance and has since showed work and performed at the American Dance Festival, and in Boston, Providence and South Korea. She is certified to teach elementary school in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu School of Yoga.  She is thrilled to share embodied awareness with movers of all abilities and backgrounds.

Open Life Drawing @ AS220
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop-in: 6pm-8:30pm – $6
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

We are always looking for new models, please inquire at: lifedrawing@as220.org

Intermediate Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet // Tuesdays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create both clarity and expressivity in your dancing.

Betsy MillerBetsy Miller is a dance artist and educator currently based in Providence, RI. She has trained in the Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD, and Bournonville styles, and combines elements of each along with a somatic approach to ballet.  Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas, and she has received funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Ohio State University. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Company and shove gently dance, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Doug Varone, Pascal Rioult, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, Stephanie Turner, and Deb Meunier. Betsy serves as the Dance Coordinator of AS220. She is on faculty at Providence College, Dean College, and AS220, and regularly teaches as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.

 

 

Ulster Landing and Floyds Row @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 28 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 29 @ 1:00 am

Ulster Landing

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Ulster Landing is Boston-based band focused on traditional music of the Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany.  With backgrounds ranging from trad to classical to progressive rock, each member contributes a distinct musical voice to the band’s unique sound.
Karen Burciaga, fiddle & voice; Daniel Meyers, uilleann pipes, whistle, bodhran & voice; Shelley Otis, harp & voice; Matthew Wright, bouzouki & voice

Floyds Row

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A British-American ensemble formed in Oxford (UK), Floyds Row fuses folk, early music, and contemporary classical idioms.
Hannah James – soprano & accordion, Emily Noël – soprano & autoharp, Asako Takeuchi – fiddle, Andrew Arceci – viola da gamba, double bass & cittern, Chris Ferebee – mandolin, guitar & cittern, George Lykogiannis – accordion, George Lernis – percussion