Psarantonis is Crete’s most famous lyra player. I looked for him for days, first in Hania and then at his house in Irakleio, where I sat with his wife, who told me: “He's unmanageable. He does this with everyone. Even with Nick.”
“Sorry, ” I asked, “who’s Nick?”
“Nick Cave!” she replied, with whom Psarantonis has indeed collaborated.
At some point he arrived, and we went into a small room to take the photograph. We had a drink, chatted about music, and managed to agree on most things. He started playing the lyra, and I took the photo. He didn’t stop. Instead, he continued playing for another ten minutes or so. It was one of the most meaningful musical experiences I've ever had.