"The Nightingales of the East." Identity and memory in the songs of refugees
Lambros Liavas (Professor of Ethnomusicology, Department of Music Studies, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
The Municipality of Nafplio, DOPPAT, and the Basil Papantoniou Foundation co-organize events to honor the memory of the 100 years since the Asia Minor Catastrophe. CHS Greece, in support of the initiative, hosts an event on November 12 on the topic " 'The Nightingales of the East.' Identity and memory in the songs of refugees." With his talk, Lambros Liavas explores the role and importance of music and song as identity, collective memory and driving force for refugee Hellenism. It begins with the musical life before 1922 in the flourishing Greek communities in the East, traces the loss, trauma and refugee stories as captured in song, and reaches the settlement in the new homelands, where through song and dance, the refugees renegotiated their identity and influenced local musical traditions significantly, bequeathing valuable reference points for necessary reflection and contemporary creative inspiration to future generations.