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The Eastern Aegean

Nikos Oikonomidis
A unique recording of the musical tradition of Samothraki (Samothrace), Limnos, Mytlini (Lesvos), Hios, Samos, and Ikaria, by Nikos Oikonomidis
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Mazemenos
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Azizies
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Vrakadhikos
0.40 €

Plataniotikos
0.40 €

Pyrgousikos
0.40 €

Avas
0.40 €

Siganos - Trekhatos
0.40 €

Patima
0.40 €

Skiniatikos (Tis Mastikhas)
0.40 €

Symbetherkatos
0.40 €

Ta xyla
0.40 €

Karekladhikos (Aise)
0.40 €

Tripatos (Nenitousikos)
0.40 €

Ikariotikos (Palaios)
0.40 €

The entire CD (-10%) 5.04 €

The Eastern Aegean



Born in the middle of the Aegean on the island of Skinoussa, an adopted child of Hios, and deeply imbued with the nisiotika (Greek island music) tradition, Nikos takes us on a tour of the islands of the eastern Aegean within a representative selection of pieces, the fruit of many years of on-site research. With knowledge, love and respect for the style and character of the repertoire, he presents the local idiosyncrasies that exist within the common music of the Aegean archipelago. A most accomplished folk fiddler, but also a very conscious virtuoso, he balances instinct and the teachings of oral tradition with brilliant technique and the much-sought sound that corresponds to contemporary aesthetic demands.

The result is a recording with alluring and welcome variations that take us traveling to a region of Hellenism, which, not by chance, had already revealed a significant musical tradition in ancient times. The karsilamades and the zeybekika, which serve as a bridge between the eastern Aegean and the Asia Minor coast, remind us of the meters in a count of nine (9/8 and 9/4 respectively) from the poetry of Sappho, which are found in the steps of dancerss up through present times.

A special emphasis is given to the songs and tunes from Hios, where Nikos Oikonomidis lived and taught for some years, traveling the island and recording local players and singers. Local dances, such as the lively "Pyrgousikos", and the "Tripatos", are joined with the most expressive melody of the slow melismatic tune "Mastikha", from the southern villages. Two tunes preserve the sound of the tsambouna (the island bagpipe), which accompanied the nisiotika glendia (festivals) and paneyiria (saints' day feasts) with its strident sound, before it fell to the wayside, replaced by the violin.

Equally interesting are the choices from the remaining islands of the northern and eastern Aegean, a region which , since ancient times, stood as a bastion of Greece and Europe against the Asian continent (with which the islands were joined in eons past). A junction of communication and trade networks between east and west, they combine the subtlety and directness of the Aeolian with the joy and delicacy of the Ionian, balancing between Constantinople and Venice, Smyrna and Alexandria. In the music and dance we find the most sensitive indicator and mirror of this fluidity, as it manifests in richness, variety, expressiveness, and charm.

Dedicated to music, "in order to know myself, to be able, within the self-knowledge granted me, to communicate with the world around me", thus Nikos Oikonomidis expresses himself in his notes for this CD. "The violin, like a human voice, has guided me deeply into the history of the Aegean. Following this path, I found myself within the living musical tradition, where, as if breaking loose from the overwhelming rhythm of our century, it invites us, and robustly, to let it work freely within us. ". The recording is accompanied by notes in both Greek and English, a brochure with ethnographic details about the islands and synopses of details about the songs and dance tunes.

Lambros Liavas
HI TECH


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