The Aegean Music Tour in China Bridges Cultures and Continents

The Athens-based organization Meet Culture has been actively contributing to the exchange between Greek and Chinese cultures for the past three years in various music projects and the tourism sector.

Their latest project called Chang Jing Music Travel in Greece kicked off in Greece in October 2015 and was the beginning of a Greek-Chinese musical adventure.

“There are really many similarities between the two civilizations, such as relationship-focus, family-focus, philosophy, art, etc. We have found the bridge to make them closer, that is, the music. That’s why we have organized several concerts and music projects in Greece, and also the ancient Greek lyre promotion project in China. Through music, the two civilizations are easier to understand each other,” Kevin Miao, one of the founders of Meet Culture told Greece-china.com.

During the first leg of this cultural exchange in Greece, Chinese musicians Chang Jing and flute musician Zhang Di traveled to Greece and met with the ancient Greek lyre band, Lyre ‘n’ Rhapsody, to create the album, Aegean, and perform two concerts in Athens and Santorini. The Chang Jing Music Travel in Greece project was specifically designed to create a platform for musical collaboration and exchange of Chinese and Greek musicians.

An album was released in China by Meet Music under the label of Meet Culture, and has received raving reviews by everyone who experiences this historical album from Greece to China.

However, the cultural exchange didn’t end there as Meet Culture orchestrated the continuation of the Chinese-Greek cultural exchange with the Aegean Music Tour in China, where ancient Greek lyre musician Aliki Markantonatou, percussionist Areti Miggou and singer Pan Kaperneka where invited to China to perform with Chang Jing and Zhang Di.

This Aegean music journey includes a music festival, three concerts, a cultural exchange event, and an ancient Greek lyre workshop.

Founders Kevin Miao and Eley Yuan are planning to continue their projects to explore more ways to extend the outreach between the Greek and Chinese people and their cultures.

“These are the only two existing ancient civilizations in the world, so we believe culture exchange is the most important bridge to bring Chinese and Greek together,” Miao said.

For more information about Meet Culture and upcoming projects please see: www.meetculture.com