You can say a lot about the Greeks, but you can't say they lack a sense of humor. It may not be as surreal as the British one, or as slapstick as the American, but it is quite self deprecating, particularly when it comes from the new generation.
The Greek primary surplus is the most talked about financial issue of the past month with the Greek government, Eurostat, the ECB and German officials going back and forth about its existence and/or its measure.
How would you feel about “Primary Surplus” as a band name? Let's assume you find it a reasonable name, given the circumstances. Now how would you feel about it being the name of a jazz band? Better? Weird? Genius?
In any case, it is true. There is a Greek jazz band calling themselves “Protogenes Pleonasma Project”, which is Greek for “Primary Surplus Project”. And, in their own words, they are a band “reviving the tragicomic elements of jazz”.
No, they're not a comedy group walking in the footsteps of Monty Python's Flying Circus. They are a legitimate jazz band led by Serafeim Bellos, a leading jazz drummer.
Feeling intrigued? You have the opportunity to find out for yourselves this Wednesday, when The Primary Surplus Project are playing live in downtown Athens. They will be appearing at 9.30pm in Monastiraki square (5 Normanou st.) interpreting songs by jazz giants such as Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk and original material.
So stop arguing about it and start enjoying with it. Ladies and germs, The Primary Surplus Project coming at you live.