Rebet Asker was a restaurant/music venue which saw all the great Greek musicians and from the 20th century through to today pass through it. The walls of this little place in a small side street by Piraeus harbour have witnessed the history of the Greek Rebetiko as it has evolved over the last one hundred years. Some years have passed now, since it closed, but through this series of Sunday gigs we will do our best to recreate some of the magic of these musicians and their songs as it started and developed. Now in its 10th year, this tribute to the magical music of rebetiko, is the longest running series in London dedicated to this music. Come to hear classic songs and even some lesser known gems of great rebetiko musicians such as Toundas, Papazogklou, Skarvelis, Peristeris, Hadjichristos, Vamvakaris, Papaioannou, Tsitsanis, Mitsakis, Hiotis and more!
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon, as we immerse ourselves in the enchanting world of Café Aman with Cigdem Aslan accompanied by George Tsolakis (guitar, vocals) and George Angelopoulos (bouzouki, lavta).
Cigdem Aslan, known for her captivating voice and profound connection to the Cafe Aman tradition, has garnered critical acclaim for her solo albums, enchanting audiences worldwide. Her ability to transport listeners through time and space, delving into the rich tapestry of musical history, is truly remarkable.
George Tsolakis, a versatile musician, was recently featured on the soundtrack of a Turkish series called Club on Netflix. His voice, imbued with emotion and authenticity, adds depth to the performance. George Angelopoulos’s mastery of both the bouzouki and lavta is nothing short of remarkable. His versatility and skilful handling of these instruments effortlessly transport listeners through diverse musical landscapes.
The repertoire for the afternoon will span across Greek and Turkish songs, including rebetiko and smyrneiko classics, as well as tunes from various eras. This diverse selection reflects the musical journey on both sides of the Aegean, deeply influenced by historical and social events.
Cigdem Aslan: Vocals
George Tsolakis: Vocals, Guitar
George Angelopoulos: Bouzouki, lavta
Please do bring your instruments, friends, families…especially children. There is room for everyone!
Doors open 1.45pm. Music starts 2.30pm. The venue is mixed seated and standing. Tables are limited, and available on a first come first served basis, so if you’d like a seat, we recommend arriving early!