#visitlesvos

Musician

On the island of Lesvos musicians were called “mousikandes” or “paikhnidiatores” (musical instruments were “paikhnidia” = toys). They usually performed in pairs (davul/zurna or davul/clarinet) or larger ensembles, such as fiddle, sandur, winds or other string instruments. Musical ensembles consist of family members, going on tour throughout the wider region, playing in weddings, engagements, festivals and shows at coffee houses. All villages had ensembles, but villages such as Agiasos, Plomari and environs, Skoutaros, Mantamados, Kapi, Aghia Paraskevi, Mesotopos and the vicinity of Gera stand out for their musical tradition.