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RUMBA ATTACK – FLAMENCO FUSION

Thursday 23 May 8:30 pm

Rumba Attack is a Cyprus-based music group consisting of: Constantinos Lyras (guitar), Memnon Arestis (guitar), and Savvas Thomas (cajon/vocals). The trio perform original instrumental material in their distinctive Flamenco-Rumba style, blended with sounds from Middle Eastern and Greek origins. In March 2023, Rumba Attack proudly released their debut album ‘Harmonics’, available now on all digital platforms. They have appeared at numerous festivals including: Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival in Greece, 100 Guitars Ensemble Concert, Cyprus World Music & Jazz Showcase, Fengaros Festival, TedX Limassol, Rialto Ethnic Music Festival, Limassol Acoustic Festival, Afro Banana Festival, Windcraft Festival and Paphos Ethnic Music Festival. Presented by Music in the Mountains.

RUMBA ATTACK – FLAMENCO FUSION, Thursday 23 May 8.30pm, Agrovino Wine Bar Lofou. Tickets: €15. Box Office: Tel: 99584871, buy online: www.dailydealscy.com/event/rumba or Email: andrew@musicinthemountains.eu

Food & Accommodation: Agrovino Wine Bar Lofou offers tasty snacks from 6pm until the concert starts. Tel: 99584871. Lofou Tavern is open from 12noon with excellent pre-concert meals; bookings advised. Tel: 25470202. There are seven separate studios with a discount for concert-goers. Tel: 25470202.

Information: www.musicinthemountains.eu. www.agrovino-lofou.com. Facebook: @musicmountainscyprus.

Constantinos Lyras (guitar) was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1984. He started guitar and music theory lessons at the age of 11 with Antonis Koizas. He studied Music at the University of Wolverhampton UK, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music and then at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire UK, where he obtained a Postgraduate Certificate and a Master in Music Performance. He holds diplomas in classical guitar (Trinity Collage London), electric guitar and bass (RSL – Rockschool, UK), acoustic guitar (University of West London), as well as music technology (Birmingham City University). He participated in the seminars of famous guitarists such as Steve Vai, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth & Angra), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Al Di Meola, Gary Ryan (Trinity Collage), David Pavlovits and John Williams. In England, he worked as a teacher at Yamaha Music Schools, Progress Music Academy and Lichfield Cathedral School. Since 2012, he maintains his own music school in Nicosia (Lyras Music School). As a lover and scholar of flamenco rumba music, in 2013 he created the musical group Rumba Attack.

Memnon Arestis (guitar) was born in 1985. He started his first classical guitar lessons at the age of 13. Later, he started experimenting with the acoustic and electric guitar. He received Bachelors (BA) and Masters (MSc) degrees in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. During his postgraduate studies, he began intensive practice and study of classical and electric guitar. He is a guitar graduate with distinction. At the same time, he was a member of bands in Nottingham, UK. When he returned to Cyprus in 2011, he studied musical harmony, electric guitar, and flamenco guitar. During the same period, he was a member of various musical groups and performed at well-known festivals in Cyprus and abroad. Memnon has been an active member of Rumba Attack since their formation in 2013.

Savvas Thomas (cajon/vocals), was born in Larnaca in 1987, and has been the percussionist and vocalist of Rumba Attack since 2013. Savvas started Latin and Arabic percussion lessons in 2006 with Lefteris Moschovias. Afterwards he became a member of the ethnic music group “Tat-Tnabar”. With this group, he participated in the theatre show “Ubu Roi” produced by “Paravan theater” which won the award for best musical theater in 2007 from the Cyprus Theater Association. With “Tat-Tnabar” he also appeared at the “Moving Silents” festival of the Artos Foundation, at the Cyprus Film Festival at the Rialto Theater and at the 9th Jazz Festival in Pomos. In 2010 he attended bendir lessons from the well-known Greek percussionist, Thomas Kostoullas. Since 2012, he has taken part in several dance shows and theatre performances such as “Echo” – Cyprus Festival 2018 and “Aneradon Oniremeta” – Cultural Decentralization 2020. Since 2015, he has musically accompanied the educational workshop of contemporary dance “Valitsa” by choreographer Maria Kamperis, in Cypriot elementary schools. With Rumba Attack he performs the Latin percussion instrument the Cajon, which is widely used in flamenco music.

Agrovino Wine Bar Lofou was established in Lofou in 2015 and offers a large selection of Cypriot wines, spirits, fresh juices, beers, coffees and a small snack menu including pizza, platters and salad etc. It is open from 1pm daily, except Tuesdays, and is a wonderfully atmospheric venue for live music. Tel: 99584871.

Lofou Tavern offers well-known authentic Cypriot delicacies, as well as the a la carte menu, and combine it with wonderful Cypriot wine. It is open all day: 12noon – 9pm with excellent pre-concert meals; bookings advised. Tel: 25470202.

Agrovino Studios is a group of seven separate studios, each with its own unique character providing accommodation for 2 – 5 people. The studios all have kitchen, heating, and internet. Tel: 25470202.

Agrovino is a village complex comprising of a separate tavern, wine bar and accommodation, each within walking distance, that combines Cypriot hospitality and traditional architecture and cuisine. Mr. Costas was the first resident of the village to set up a business in Lofou, since the village was abandoned in the old days, with the opening of the tavern in 1992. With his passion and hard work, as well as with the help of his large family, he managed in a few years to make the tavern famous both locally and internationally. If you are looking for a landscape with a rich architectural character and history, then Lofou is the perfect destination. Visit www.agrovino-lofou.com for details.

Lofou village is located to the north-west of Limassol, just 26Km from the city. It is on an average altitude of 780M and surrounded by the neighbouring communities of Pera Pedi to the north (around 6.5Km) and Agios Therapon to the southwest (about 4.5Km). Starting from the Troodos round-about and moving north, after passing the community of Alassa, head northwest, following the signs to Lofou and Agios Therapon. The route from Limassol takes about half an hour by car.

RUMBA ATTACK – FLAMENCO FUSION, Thursday 23 May 8.30pm, Agrovino Wine Bar Lofou. Tickets: €15. Box Office: Tel: 99584871, buy online: www.dailydealscy.com/event/rumba or Email: andrew@musicinthemountains.eu

Music in the Mountains was founded in 2005 by Pam Groves, Mike Groves and Andrew Oliver. It was created in order to present a wide range of high-quality concerts in all musical genres in the mountain villages in the Limassol and Paphos regions, including Lofou, Lania, Trimiklini, Silikou and Ineia, as well as occasional events in Limassol and Paphos.

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Date:
Thursday 23 May
Time:
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
€15
Website:
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Venue

Agrovino Wine Bar Lofou
Agrovino Wine Bar
Lofou, Cyprus
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Phone:
99584871

Organiser

Music in the Mountains
Email:
andrew@musicinthemountains.eu

2 thoughts on “RUMBA ATTACK – FLAMENCO FUSION”

  1. For all those who really want to come to these concerts but live in the Nicosia district, would you kindly consider having some of them take place in mountain villages like Kalopanayiotis, Kakopetria. Lofou and Ineia are really far out places and spending the night on a weekday is a huge inconvenience especially for those who work.

    1. Hi Marina. Thanks for your message. I live in Lania, so that’s why most of my concerts are in that area. I understand it’s a long way from Nicosia! I do this for fun so I can’t really expand to other areas very much sorry.

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