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Παρασκευή, 17 Μάρτιος 2017 09:45

Αφιέρωμα του National Geographic στο γρεβενιωτη Γιάννη Πανταζή

Το National Geographic Traveller αποφάσισε να χαρακτηρίσει την Ελλάδα ως προορισμό της επιλογής τους στο τεύχος Απριλίου/2017 και να διερευνήσει τη δημιουργική αναγέννηση που η Ελλάδα βιώνει κατά τη διάρκεια της οικονομικής κρίσης.

Εντός της παρούσας έκδοσης, παρουσιάζονται μουσικοί, σεφ, και  επιχειρηματίες  δίνοντας στους αναγνώστες μια εικόνα για το πώς η κρίση έχει δημιουργήσει την ευκαιρία για ορισμένους να προσεγγίσουν την  παραδόση, σε μια προσπάθεια να ακολουθήσουν τα όνειρά τους.

The Sound of Success
Ancient Greek instruments have found a suitably historic home
Yannis Pantazis, jazz saxophonist by profession and music historian by inclination, is the most relaxed person you’re likely to meet, seducing you with his suave bonhomie. In 2012, he and his indomitable Greek-American wife, Argy, rented La Ponta, a crumbling 13th-century Venetian tower in Santorini. Full of respect for its era-spanning architectural features, they lovingly renovated it, earning congratulations from Greece’s Ministry of Culture. The tower is now the only publicly accessible Venetian monument in Santorini and, what’s more, entrance is free.
That was only half of the dream though. Yannis and Argy turned La Ponta into an exhibition of ancient Greek instruments, with all its exhibits handcrafted by Yannis. He’s particularly keen on the tsabouna, a bagpipe common in the Aegean islands. “Although the earliest mention of bagpipes is in Aristophanes’ The Acharnians, written around 400 BC, everyone associates them with Scotland,” Yannis complains.
Each summer, he performs his own composition, Odysseus Returns, in the grounds of La Ponta. It showcases 10 ancient Greek instruments, including two kinds of Greek bagpipe, five different flutes, a cane clarinet, santoor (a Middle Eastern dulcimer) and an Apollonian lyre. International film crews flew to Santorini to film him, making him famous. His decision to follow his heart during the crisis resulted in several lean years, but, as he says: “What price your dream?”