Dragoumis, Markos (Philippou)
- Katy Romanou
(b Athens, Greece, Dec 18, 1934). Greek ethnomusicologist and musicologist. He studied the piano, harmony, and counterpoint at the Ellinikon Odeion (‘Greek Conservatoire’). In 1960 he joined the staff of the Musical Archive of the Centre for Asia Minor Studies, important for the recordings of Greek folk music (including the songs of the 1922 refugees from Asia Minor) done in 1930 by Melpo Logotheti-Merlier and Hubert Pernot. Following Merlier’s counsel, Dragoumis studied Byzantine music with Simon Karras and Ioannis Margaziotis. Merlier introduced Dragoumis to Egon Wellesz, and between 1962 and 1964 Dragoumis was in Oxford studying Byzantine music with Wellesz. Back in Athens he continued his work in the Musical Archive, becoming its director in 1975. Concurrently, he was teaching music at the Athens College (1964–88) and history of music at the Conservatory of Athens (1970–2003).
A versatile researcher, Dragoumis has recorded and transcribed folk music, has edited a great number of records and compact discs of music kept in the Archive, and has published a great number of articles on Byzantine and post-Byzantine music and musicians, on the rebetiko, on the amanes, on Greek composers, and on researchers of Greek music. A selection of articles has been published in ...