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Γιάννης Δερμιτζάκης

Giannis studied oud with Giorgos Mavromanolakis at the "Chorodion academy of music" in Heraklion, Crete. He participated in seminars on "Turkish style oud", "Rhythmical & free improvisation" and "The Phrasing of Makam" at the Labyrinth Musical Workshop with Yurdal Tokcan, Harris Lambrakis, Kyriakos Tapakis and Ross Daly respectively as well as taken part as a student in an ensemble of Labyrinth Musical Workshop under Ross Daly's direction. He has performed during the presentation of Dimosthenis Karagiannis's book ""To moiroloi tis Ekavis" and in various music festivals in Greece and in Italy. He has also composed music for documentary film " When i hear the boats whistle" (Production: Cinemakhia), for the short film "Partitoura - Erofili" (Production: Municipality of Heraklion, (directed by Maria Gaitanidi) and the presentation of the workshop "Study in Chekhov in 3 acts" of the Experimental Amateur Stage of DIPETHE Crete (directed by Maria Gaitanidi).

 He has collaborated with Giorgos Papaioannou, Manolis Kanakakis, Giorgos Mavromanolakis, Glafkos Smarianakis, Aspa Anogiati, Marijia Katsouna, Michalis Kotis, Eugenia Toli, Peter Jaques, Theodora Athanasiou, Fanis Karousos, Zoi Vergaki, Giorgos Stavrakis, Giannis Papatzanis, Akis Pitsanis amongst others. He founded Tarab in 2015 and he used to lead a traditional music enseble working on songs and tunes of Anatolia and the Aegean islands and researching improvisation techniques.

 He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Crete. On September 2021, in colaboration with director / performer Maria Gaitanidi gave a presentation of their project: ¨Ερωφίλη - παρτιτούρα (Erofili - score), practical experiments with an oud and a voice¨, on TaPRA 2021 conference, which was hosted online in partnership with Liverpool Hope University. He also has taught "Oud" and "Rythmical improvisation" at the Music School of Ierapetra and at the Conservatory of Haris Sarris in Heraklion. He regularly participates as a visiting lecturer in the research educational program of the University of Crete "The art of rhythm in education", which is under the guidance of Giannis Papatzanis. Since 2022, it has been a partner of the Triptyco Mediterranean School of Dramatic Art, which is based in Heraklion, Crete.

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