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Ilias Kementzides (1926–2006)

Ilias Kementzides (1926–2006)

(p.409) Ilias Kementzides (1926–2006)
Greek Music in America
National Endowment for the Arts
University Press of Mississippi

A Pontian Greek, IliasKementzides was born in Russia and later moved to the Thessaloniki area. He learned to play the Pontian lyra from his uncle, and he began playing professionally while farming.He settled in the US in 1974, where he became a highly respected musician. He received the National Heritage Fellowship in 1989

Keywords:   Greek music, Greek diaspora, Pontian Greek, Lyra, National Heritage Fellowship

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