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Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

June 20-27, 2020
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August 8-15, 2020
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Christos Govetas

Greek Singing, Soloing & Improvisation

Christos Govetas was born in the village of Proti, in the province of Serres in Greek Macedonia. After emigrating to Boston in 1978 he joined the Rebetiko band Taxími as a bouzouki and baglama player and their main vocalist. Since then he has played classical Turkish music on the oud and bendir with The Eurasia Ensemble; Greek, Turkish and Arabic music with Karavani; and regional Balkan music with Tito’s Revenge and Akshambelah in the Boston area.

He has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and for over two decades has taught and performed Greek regional music at EEFC Workshops on both coasts. Currently he is a member of the nationally-known band Ziyiá. He performs regularly with the Rebetiko group Pasatempo in the Seattle area, as well as with his family band, Drómeno. Christos has recorded extensively, including with Ziyiá, Pasatempo and Drómeno, as well as with Stanley Greenthal and Heiner Goebbels. He is featured on Bill Frisell’s Grammy-nominated recording, Intercontinentals. In 1999, Christos was awarded a Folk Arts Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the preservation of Greek cultural traditions in music. He and his wife Ruth Hunter are also the recipients of the Ethnic Heritage Council’s Gordon Ekvall Tracie award of 2017.

Christos lives in Seattle, WA.


Class Description | Greek Singing

  • All levels of students are welcome, including beginners.
  • Class repertoire will focus on songs of mainland Greece: Epirus, Thessaly, Roumeli.
  • We may collaborate with the Greek Ensemble and Ari’s Violin classes.
  • Repertoire will be taught at a fairly rapid pace, and we will be focusing on technique.
  • We will perform at the Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party.

Class Description | Soloing & Improvisation

  • All levels of students are welcome, including beginners.
  • The class will focus on structuring a solo in various traditions in Greece, Turkey and the Balkans, exploring and organizing musical phrases based on makams, both rhythmic and arrhythmic.
  • Repertoire will be taught at a fairly rapid pace, and we will be focusing on technique.
  • The Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party is optional, and the class will decide whether we perform.