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

Tracks:

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
Qele-qele
Calin Davullari
To yelekaki
Salonika
Inchu Bingyole mdar?
Jelena Solun Devojko
Yedi-koule
Poulakin eiha se klouvi
Pismo dojde od Soluna grada
Apolitikion Agiou Dimitriou