Note from Sotirios (Sam) Chianis

  I would like to add just a few personal comments about this great clarinetist Vasilis Saleas.  There is no doubt that Saleas was truly a phenomenal clarinetist whose artistry, style and interpretation of folk music will never be surpassed nor duplicated. Thirty-seven years have passed since his untimely death, yet among musicians in Greece today he is still spoken of as the greatest!  I first met Saleas in 1958 during my first trip to Greece to conduct research on Greek folk music for my doctorate at the University of California at Los Angeles. In fact it was my friend Aleko ...
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Vasili and I

    By: George Hohlakis   Music influences people’s lives in many ways, some are subtle and some are most obvious. I fell in love with the clarinet at a young age. An uncle who played clarinet and my mother who gave me nothing but encouragement influenced me. She always danced along while I played to make sure I was playing in rhythm!   Having moved to America from Greece at age six with my family gave me strong ethnic roots that kept growing as I was growing. Greek music was always at the forefront of everything we did. Every week when my father got his paycheck, he would go to ...
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