Press Release

The Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal to Host a Book Launch Party for "I Magiki Flogera" (The Magic Recorder)

A unique transatlantic production based on a classic German tale (The Pied Piper of Hamelin) featuring the Chroma Musika/Socrates choir of 54 children from Montreal and the ZOUZOUNIA, Greece's most popular children's musical group, accompanied by the symphony orchestra Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal.

April 11, 2011 - Montreal, Quebec - On Sunday, May 1, 2011, the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal (HCGM) will host a launch party to celebrate the Canadian release of the Greek language children's book and CD, "I Magiki Flogera" (The Magic Recorder). The launch will be held from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Hellenic Community Center, located at 5757 Wilderton in Montreal.

The Chroma Musika/Socrates choir will perform a selection of songs from the CD that accompanies the book. Six members of the TA ZOUZOUNIA cast are being flown in from Athens to sing at the launch. Presentations will be made by the book's author, Christina Mania, and the composer of the CD, Yiannis Georgantelis.

Katerina Giannikou, founder and artistic director for TA ZOUZOUNIA, will also be speaking at the event. Mrs. Giannikou has produced over 200 books, CDs and TV programs featuring this extremely popular children's musical group, but I Magiki Flogera is her first project featuring children born outside of Greece. Ms. Giannikou admits she is captivated by the Chroma Musika/Socrates choir, and especially marvels at the children's fluency in the Greek language.  "The ability of these children to sing with a professional orchestra  and along side their native Greek counterparts is accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated," said Giannikou.

The launch party is open to the general public with catering provided by event sponsor La Prep.

For the children of the Chroma Musika/Socrates choir, I Magiki Flogera is another project to add to their growing repertoire. Chroma Musika created the choir in 2004 to create opportunities for Montreal children of Hellenic origin to sing in Greek with famous symphonic orchestras of Montreal, and to learn how music gets produced. The choir recorded their first CD, The Selfish Giant in that same same year and in 2008 they followed up with two more - The Little Fugitives and The Carnival of Miracles and Monsters. In 2009, the Chroma Musika/Socrates choir was part of a massive benefit concert at Église St Jean Baptiste attended by more than 1500. "Working on these productions and performances has taught them so much about themselves and each other - they are becoming true recording artists, " says Dimitri Ilias, Artistic Director of Chroma Musika.  "Now they are learning what it is like to reach the top of the charts. I Magiki Flogera, is currently #15 on the Greek Music Charts ( and rising!"

Most of the children in the choir are students at Ecole Primaire Socrates - a trilingual elementary school that is owned and operated by the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal. "The HCGM is honored to help launch I Magiki Flogera in Montreal and is very proud of all the children that participated in this project," said HCGM President Billy Balabanos.

Produced under the auspices of the Governments of Canada and Quebec, the City of Montreal and the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal, more than 200 people collaborated on this children's musical production, the greatest ever of its kind in the Greek-North American world.  Together with the 55-instrument Ensemble Sinfonia de Montreal conducted by renowned Maestro Louis Lavigueur, the children recorded alongside professional soloists and actors from Montreal and from Greece.  Dr. Mark Corwin, Associate Professor in the Music Department at the Concordia University was responsible for recording, mixing and editing. The book and accompanying CD are produced by Montreal based Panarmonia Atelier Musical and Chroma Musika, in collaboration with one of Greece's largest publishing houses for children's books, Modern Times and its biggest recording label, Legend. Modern Times and Legend and will distribute the books/CDs in Greece, Canada and the USA, with an additional soundtrack and a DVD scheduled for later.

Copies of the book, signed by the children of the Chroma Musika/Socrates choir and the TA ZOUZOUNIA cast, will be available for sale at the launch party.  All net profits from Canadian sales of I Magiki Flogera will be donated to the schools of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal.

About the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal

The Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal has been serving the Greek population of the greater Montreal area (Montreal, Laval and South Shore regions) since 1906. For over 100 years, the HCGM has represented proud Quebec citizens of Greek origin, who have settled and continue to settle in the greater Montreal area. Our goal is to constantly enrich and unify the members of our community, by bringing them together, responding to their needs as well as, strengthening our bond with other cultural communities in the Greater Montreal area.

About Chroma Musika

The need to perform and promote Hellenic classical music works in North America, is what urged Hellenic-Canadian opera singers Maria Diamantis and Dimitris Ilias to found Chroma Musika. In its 12 years of  existence, the company has organized many concerts, seminars and recordings ranging from ancient  to contemporary. They have provided employment opportunities for many Quebec musicians while maintaining close ties with Greece through collaborations with renowned composers and musicians. A 2010 Hellenic Board of Trade DEKA award winner, Chroma Musika's discography includes 4 CDs, including the award-winning Piangerò. Over the past 6 years, they have focused almost exclusively on recording children’s operas and musicals with some of Greece's largest publishing houses.

For further details or to book interviews, contact:

Dimitris Ilias
Artistic Director, Chroma Musika
514-745-8525 or 514-616-6919