| PRESS CONFERENCE -WORLD MUCISIANS|
PRESS CONFERENCE -WORLD MUCISIANS
The direction, subject matter and partial characteristics of the television documentary series World Mucisians, were discussed at the press conference held on Thursday, March 22. Present were the programme coordinator for NET (Ert’s second channel), Michalis Lykoudis and series contributors journalist Leonidas Antonopoulos, directors Angeliki Aristomenopoulou and Christos Barbas, and the producer Chronis Pehlivanidis.
ERT (Public Television Channel) representative Michalis Lykoudis declared that the genre of musical documentaries, such as World Mucisians is notably absent from Greek television. “At ERT we support these efforts and it is our honor that the specific series was included as a tribute at the 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival”, he stated.
Then Leonidas Antonopoulos spoke, and he noted that “music unites people, but the issue is that it can also become a useful tool for understanding the ideas and perceptions of people all over the world”. Christos Barbas added that “there may be many different cultures in the world, but people can meet through the emotions created by music”.
Speaking about shooting the series, the series contributors agreed that the element of improvisation is prevalent, as well as the feeling of being a traveller, since the available shooting time is limited. “The days we have for shooting are few, sometimes as few as four. There’s no time for reportage or research so improvisation is an indispensable part of the process”, explained Mr. Barbas, while the series producer Chronis Pehlivanidis added that the creators are real travellers: “There isn’t any great amount of organization and luxury of time, as is the case with foreign channels. We are travellers who visit countries and what happens, happens. Many times another world is revealed to us from the one we were expecting. Sometimes there is demystification and other times it is mythical”.
Angeliki Aristomenopoulou stressed that “perhaps many scenes seem magical, but the viewer can’t see the struggle that can take place to get a shot”.
Then the four contributors clarified that “World Mucisians” is first and foremost a television product. “World Mucisians has a documentary style, but with a television structure. The particular series has its roots in the documentary but remains a television product. Perhaps we could name it a television documentary, a genre we started with Maya Tsokli in “Travelling” in 1999”, stressed Chronis Pehlivanidis, while Christos Barbas added: “There are specific dates and deadlines we must keep. We are making a television broadcast, not a documentary. We say that it is a luxurious reportage on music.”
Finally, the discussion moved on to the subject of the world music scene, which is steadily gaining ground in the international music scene. “It is clearly a fashion, because it expresses the spirit of our age. It has to do with the great wave of immigration from the 1990s to today, the development of technology that has become accessible to many people, and to the great ability of people today to go on many journeys all over the world”, Mr. Antonopoulos explained. Concerning the growth of this type of music, Mr. Barbas said that “there is a lack of a new wave in a saturated Europe, and world music has come to fill the void.”
As the creators revealed, the new cycle of episodes of the series “World Mucisians” will include broadcasts from Rome, Cairo, India, Albania, Hungary, and many other locations.