Axios Esti

A tribute to the Greek Composer Mikis Theodorakis

Union Chapel
Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN


The concert narrates the life of Mikis Theodorakis and brings alive his music and his struggles. Famous melodies live on stage with an orchestra of Greek musicians in interesting arrangements with classical and jazz elements. Dramatic narration and interpretation with songs like “The honey moon song” sung by the Beatles and “ Les amants de Teruel “ sung by Edith Piaf or Zorba’s Danse (syrtaki) will bring in life one of the most significant and the most iconic figures in the musical word in the 20th century. Mikis Theodorakis musical talent has been widely acclaimed nationally and internationally. He has written over a thousand compositions: popular songs, symphonies, chamber music, ballets, and theatre and film scores. In addition to his distinguished career as a composer, his multifaceted career has been characterised by his pursuit of civil as well as musical freedom: he has been a politician, activist and intellectual thinker. With his emblematic compositions, such as the ‘Axion Esti’ (1960-1962), Theodorakis’ music constitutes an integral part of the historic and aesthetic identity of the Greek people.

Fanis Mezinis, Singer
Elena Hadjiafxendi, actress & singer
Andreas Skourtis, scenography

Special Quests:
Anastasis Michael (singer), Vagelitsa Yiameou (singer), Maria Yeosimou (harp)
Choir of the Byzantine Music School of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, led by Fr. Joseph Paliouras
Children’s Choir from the Greek Schools Manor Hill and Hazelwood

Spiros Paisios, Piano
Pavlos Carvalho, Cello / Bouzouki
Andrew Theodorou, Bouzouki
Nicos Ziarkas, Guitar
Kostas Voros, Guitar
Thodoris Ziarkas, Double Bass
Andreas ziarkas, Drums *

Concept and lyrics arrangement: Elena Hadjiafxendi*
Musical Editing: Savvia Kozakou