Gail Holst-Warhaft

Greek Music

Holst-Warhaft played harpsichord with Mikis Theodorakis’s ensemble in 1975 and again in 1978, when the Art Theater of Greece performed a modern version of Aristophanes’ The Knights with music by Theodorakis in the ancient theater of Epidaurus. She has continued to work with Mr Theodorakis, translating titles of his archive and lyrics of his songs, writing articles about his work, and translating supertitles for a performance of his opera Elektra at Carnegie Hall. She has interpreted for him at press conferences and other events in Australia and the US.

She also performed with the composer Dionysis Savvopoulos in a musical theater piece based on Aristophanes’ The Acharnians. After playing with his company in an Athens nightclub, she went on a tour of the Greek countryside before recording the music in Athens with the composer and his musicians.

You can hear the album at: goo.gl/3G6NQl

Holst-Warhaft toured the world, playing harpsichord with singer/song-writer Mariza Koch. Ms. Koch and her musicians performed in China, India, Canada, Australia and the US, performing at the Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall and other such venues. It was Mariza Koch, a native of Santorini, who taught Holst-Warhaft take a serious interest in the music of the Aegean. Holst-Warhaft has been writing Mariza’s biography, which she hopes to publish soon. She is also working on a book about Greek island music.

After moving to Ithaca, NY, Holst-Warhaft continued to be active in Greek music, organizing concerts, performing with the Cornell Middle Eastern Ensemble and with other artists.Holst-Warhaft played harpsichord with Mikis Theodorakis’s ensemble in 1975 and again in 1978, when the Art Theater of Greece performed a modern version of Aristophanes’ The Knights with music by Theodorakis in the ancient theater at Epidaurus. She has continued to work with Mr Theodorakis, translating titles of his archive and lyrics of his songs, writing articles about his work, and translating supertitles for a performance of his opera Elektra at Carnegie Hall. She has interpreted for him at press conferences and other events in Australia and the US.

She also performed with the composer Dionysis Savvopoulos in musical theater piece based on Arisophanes’ The Acharnians. After playing with his company in an Athens nightclub, she went on a tour of the Greek countryside before recording the music in Athens with the composer and his musicians.

Holst-Warhaft toured the world, playing harpsichord with singer/song-writer Mariza Koch. Ms. Koch and her musicians performed in China, India, Canada, Australia and the US, performing at the Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall and many prestigious venues. It was Mariza Koch, a native of Santorini, who made Holst-Warhaft take a serious interest in the music of the Aegean. She has been writing Mariza’s biography, which she hopes to publish soon. She is also working on a book about Greek island music.

After moving to Ithaca, NY, Holst-Warhaft continued to be active in Greek music, organizing concerts, performing with the Cornell Middle Eastern Ensemble and with other artists.

Road to Rembetika: Music of a Greek Sub-culture. Songs of love, sorrow and hashish

First published 1975, Athens: Anglo-Hellenic publishing (Denise Harvey), 2nd edition 1977, 3rd edition 1983, reprinted with amendments 1989, 1994. Fourth edition 2006, reprinted 2014.

Greek edition, 1977 (Denise Harvey), new editions 1980, 1983, 1991, 1995, 2001.


German edition, trans. Renate Gerhardt, Gerhardt Verlag, Berlin. 1979

Turkish edition, trans. V. Celik Akpinar, Pan Publishing, Istanbul, 1993

French edition, trans. Etienne and Monique Lesourd, Les nuits rouges, Paris, 2001. 2nd edition, 2004.

Croatian, Hebrew and Italian editions are forthcoming.

Theodorakis: Myth and Politics in Modern Greek Music

Adolf Hakkert, Amsterdam, 1979.

First Greek edition, trans. Stamatis Kraounakis, Lizy Tsirimokou and the author, Athens, Andromeda, 1980.


2nd edition, Metronomos, Athens, 2014.


 

I Had Three Lives: Selected Poems of Mikis Theodorakis

Livanis, Athens, 2004