Here is a video of the famous Plucked Strings Orchestra of Athens “MandolinARTE” rehearsing together with singer Alkistis Protopsalti the beautiful song “The corridor’s cruise”. In this video I play the octave mandolin but I also sing, together with all the members of the orchestra.

Note how the composition of the orchestra, with its six mandolins, mandola, mandocello, guitar, double bass, cello combined with the piano, drums and trombone creates this beautiful sound that captured the hearts of the big audience in Greece that attended the six sold-out concerts in the 1600-seats Athens Music Concert Hall.

The song was composed by Stamatis Kraounakis with lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou.

Here are the lyrics translated to English by yours truly (apologies for any mistakes…)

Τα μάτια κλείστε
γλυκά ακουμπήστε
στην κουπαστή.

Το σώμα αφήστε
φτερό στον άνεμο να ζαλιστεί
Είναι μια νύχτα
μια τρελή βραδιά
που λάμπουν τ’ άστρα
λάμπει κι η καρδιά
και κάπου απέναντι
είναι το νησί
που `χει κοράλλια
κι η αμμουδιά χρυσή
κι αυτό τ’ αγέρι πως
γλιστράει σαν χέλι πως
και φέρνει σήμερα
μια τέτοια χίμαιρα
ξανά στο φως.

Τα μάτια κλείστε
γλυκά ακουμπήστε στην

Το χρόνο αφήστε
καινούρια ψέματα
να φανταστεί
και τι μας νοιάζει πια
αφού η νύχτα πήρε τα κουπιά
τα μάτια κλείστε
και δώστε στ’ όνειρο,
τρελά φιλιά.

Eyes shut
sweet touching
the gunwale...
Let the body 
feather in the wind to sway
It is a night
a crazy night
Glowing Stars
shining is the heart...
and somewhere far
is an island
with its corals
the golden sands...
and that breeze 
slippery as an eel 
brings today
such a chimera
back in the light.
Eyes shut
sweet touching the
The time release
new lies to imagine
and what do we care anymore
since the night took the oars
shut your eyes
and give up to the dream

More about MandolinARTE

Mandolinarte was formed as the Plectrum Strings Orchestra of Athens in 1994. The repertoire includes classical music works for the mandolin from A. Vivaldi, L.V. Beethoven, J. Kuwahara, C. Wolki, R. Calace, D. Nikolaou etc. but also arrangements for the mandolin on works from J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, J. Brahms, A. Piazzola, N. Rota, G. Rossini, G. Verdi, M. Hatjidaki etc.

The Orchestra has numerous performances in Greece, in theatres like Peiraous Municipality Theater, Holargos Municipality Theater, sites like Marathonas, Sounio, Acropolis, Plaka and various festivals but has also been invited to perform abroad.

The members of the orchestra are well known musicians that are active artistically, giving recitals in Greece and abroad, performing with Symphonic Orchestras, participating in various recording productions and cooperating with artists from the Greek and International repertoire. As members of the Classical Mandolin Orchestra of Athens they were awarded the 1st prize in the International Competition of Plectrum Instruments in Julich Koslar in Germany at 1998, under the direction of Michalis Veidirlis.

Mandolinarte vision is to present the mandolin as a soloist instrument and the mandolin orchestra as an independent stand-alone orchestra with unique repertoire and sound.

More about Alkistis Protopsalti

One of the most prominent performers of Greek Music with more than thirty studio albums, most of which golden and platinum.
In her artistic carrier in the last forty years, she has worked with some of the greatest Greek and foreign composers like Dimos Moutsis, Giannis Spanos, Stavros Xarhakos, Mikis Theodorakis, Stamatis Kraounakis, Nikos Antypas, Stefanos Korkolis, Ilias Andriopoulos, Evanthia Remboutsika, Stamatis Spanoudakis, Dionysis Savvopoulos and Goran Bregovic, as well as with directors like Andreas Voutsinas, Dimitris Papaioannou and Giannis Kakleas. She has also performed with well-known Greek Symphony Orchestras: the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Athens, as well as with the world- renowned Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Oxford Philarmonic Orchestra and the Boston Pops.
Alkistis Protopsalti has introduced Greek Music to some of the most famous theaters of the world, with highlights of her international appearances performances in the Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Theatre of New York.
Her concerts have been hosted in Australia, USA, UK, Egypt, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Israel, Canada, Cuba, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and China, countries where she has proudly represented the music and culture of Greece.
Alkistis Protopsalti has performed in English, French, Spanish, Corsican, Hebrew, Chinese and Arabic, receiving always very positive comments and reviews by the International Press.
She has performed in the closing ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympics, in the Head of States Summit of the EU and the EU Foreign Ministers Meeting. She has officially represented Greece on multiple occasions: in the World Expos in Portugal, Spain and Germany, in the cultural events marking the 35 years of Greek-Chinese friendship, in Cuba as a guest of the Greek Embassy in Havana ahead of the Greek Presidency of the European Union, in the Alexandria Library
She has also appeared in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Special Olympics, where she interpreted the Olympic Hymn along with the famous Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo.
Her voice is heard in the Walt Disney movies “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, where she interpreted the main theme song and “Tangled”, where she interpreted the character of Gothel.

More about the other musicians performing

In this video, three great musicians are performing with MandolinARTE.

Thomas Kontogeorgis an excellent pianist and arranger is on the piano.

Kostas Alexis is on the drums,

Aggelos Tzamarias is playing the trombone


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