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.
Instruments are available to purchase at SYMPOSION and through the online shop.
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.
Doubaki / Cycladic Drum
The doubaki is a Greek folk percussion instrument constructed using goatskin and wood. It has been played for centuries on Santorini and surrounding Aegean islands.
Single Reed Pipe - Aulos
A single reed pipe or, in Greek, - monaulos (μόναυλος, from μόνος αυλος "single pipe").
Double Reed Pipe - Diaulos
The double aulos was the most popular ancient Greek wind instrument. In Greek mythology the diaulos was discovered by the goddess Athena.
The double syrinx is two cane pipes united.
Pentatonic Plagiaulos - Side Flute
A side-blown flute tuned in a Dorian pentatonic scale.
A rim-blown flute with five holes inspired by the traditional instruments of North American Indians.
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 is derived from this word.
Diatonic Plagiaulos - Side Flute
A side-blown flute tuned in a diatonic scale.