Three days in Cyprus. October 2019

Posted on October 9th, 2019 by

Reporting back on 3 amazing days working in Nicosia, a city which I am proud to regard as one of my artistic homes.

Collaboration with Evis Sammoutis


My collaboration with Evis Sammoutis is one of the most important aspects of my artistic work. I hope that you can see from the film of a few minutes of us working on his newest ‘Nicosia Etudes’ what an amazing composer he is, and how much I treasure our work together. Here’s a page of the new material which we worked on.

Home, workspace, concert venue, inspiration and light is provided by my dear friend Garo Keheyan at his astonish ‘Shoe Factory’ in the heart of Nicosia’s ‘old town’. Here’s a glimpse of an educational workshop I gave at the ‘Shoe’ on Monday 7th October, the day after my concert.

The painting on the wall behind me is by my dear friend Joanna Jones, the co-founded of DAD (Dover Arts Development) and a great influence on my work as a violinist and a painter

Evis and I draw inspiration from the layered histories of Cyprus, and most particularly, the lost, almost forgotten Lusignan era, after, the island was gifted to Guy de Lusignan and his descendants by Richard the Lionheart.

The arms of the Lusignan Kings of Cyprus and Jerusalem- Quarterly, 1 and 4 in silver, a cross of gold, between four crosses of the same and 2 and 3 barry silver and azure eight rooms, a lion gules armed langued and crowned with gold stitching on the whole – at my feet when I was playing in the ethnographic museum

We love the sense of palimpest, of history layered and revealed, which confronts one at every turn in this extraordinary island, from late medieval arches hidden in a the ruins of a tumbledown shopping arcade.

Inspiration at every turn….

….to the playful attitude towards the decay of machinery. This is a particular a favourite.


Here, to start with, three improvisations-in workshops and spaces near the Green Line, and in the Icon Museum. Photos Demie Englezou




Planh/Four Icons