His nickname was “Tourkogiannis.” He initiated his musical journey playing the violoncello and drums in his father’s band, who played the santouri. Engaging in various traditional dances, such as syrtos, ballos, karsilamas, zeibekiko, and taqsims (improvisations) on Turkish “makams,” the “Tourkogiannis” family group performed in many Lesvos villages, local traditional cafes, and festivals.

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