Songs of Thessaloniki

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Savina Yannatou / Primavera en Salonico
Songs of Thessaloniki

[ ECM / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 13 March 2015

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Savina Yannatou's fourth ECM album is a dazzling evocation of her band's hometown, plunging deep into its rich and complex history. Once known colloquially as the Jerusalem of the Balkans, Thesssaloniki has been home to a host of cultures, religions and ethnic communities. Greeks, Jews, Turks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Armenians, Slavo-Macedonians and Pontiac Greeks have shared the city's diverse life. Yannatou gives all of them a voice, even casting an Irish song about Salonika into this multi-lingual programme, in which she shines as a unique interpreter and spokeswoman for the city's ghosts. As ever, Primavera en Salonico are a delight, one of the most resourceful bands of any idiom, as they negotiate the inspired - and very varied - arrangements of Kostas Vomvolos.

Savina Yannatou voice
Kostas Vomvolos qanun, accordion
Yannis Alexandris oud, guitar
Kyriakos Gouventas violin
Harris Lambrakis nay
Michalis Siganidis double bass
Kostas Theodorou percussion


Apolitikion Agiou Dimitriou
A la scola del Allianza
Tin Patrida Mou Ehasa
Dimo is Solun hodeshe
La cantiga del fuego
Una muchacha en Selanica
Iptidadan yol sorarsan
Calin Davullari
To yelekaki
Inchu Bingyole mdar?
Jelena Solun Devojko
Poulakin eiha se klouvi
Pismo dojde od Soluna grada
Apolitikion Agiou Dimitriou