Yannis Pantazis has been composing music and performing in Greece and internationally for over twenty years. In addition, he is a widely respected instrument artisan with a special interest in mythology and the role of music in Greece's past.
In the artisan’s workshop Yannis makes a remarkable array of traditional instruments alongside instruments of his own design, inspired by mythology and the role of music on Greece’s past. The instruments made in the workshop are featured in both the musical presentations and evening performances.
Tsabouna / Greek Bagpipe
The tsabouna is a Greek folk instrument constructed using goatskin, cane, and bone. It is a member of the extended bagpipe family and has been played for centuries on Santorini and surrounding Aegean islands. This century the tsabouna has begun to appear in new contexts, beyond the realm of rural tradition and folklore, and is gaining greater relevance and vitality in Greece and worldwide.
Tuning: E, F, F#, G, G#, A
Single Reed Pipe- Aulos
A single reed pipe or in Greek- monaulos (μόναυλος, from μόνος "single"). It can be played as an instrument in its own right or as a practice chanter.
Tuning: C,D, D#, E,F, F#, G, G#
The double Syrinx is two cane pipes united. One pipe plays the melodic line while the other holds the drone.
Tuning: C, D
A rim-blown flute with five holes inspired by the traditional instruments of North American Indians. Tuned to various ancient Greek scales.
Tuning: G, A, B, C
Double reed pipe-Diaulos
The Double Aulos (aulos: pipe) was the most popular ancient Greek wind instrument. It consists of two divergent pipes , which are wither bound at their base or kept separate. Each pipes has separate blades; one plays the melody while the other sustains the melody’s balance. When the flutes find equilibrium a richer sound is achieved. In Greek mythology the diaulos was discovered by the goddess Athena.
Tuning: D, D#, E, F
Pentatonic Side Flute
Α side-blown flute with three holes tuned in a Dorian pentatonic scale.
Tuning: C, C#, D, D#, E, F
In classical Greek mythology, Syrinx /ˈsɪrɪŋks/ (Greek Σύριγξ) was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous god Pan, she ran to a river's edge and asked for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reeds that made a haunting sound when the god's frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thenceforth known as syrinx. The word syringe was derived from this word.
Tuning: Various scales