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Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:11 am
by Chris P
This is a fantastic clip of a live performance by a wonderful Greek group 'Apsilies'
http://www.plushmusic.tv/movies/29R/rembetika.html

if you buy the whole performance in HD video (+ seperate audio files also included) for £ 5.99, then 50% goes direct to the performing artists, so 'Plush Music' seem worth supporting

They also have a Haig Yazdjian concert (also from the Greek 'Music Village' festival), and plenty of music in an expansive range of genres

Apsilies:
"We have been visitors of these worlds many times; in the tavernas as either musicians or customers, in academic lecture rooms, and in fiction and documentary films. How could it be otherwise?

But this was not what made us play rembetika together...

We met on a Tuesday afternoon - our teaching in the university was cancelled due to a students’ protest. And somehow spontaneously tried to play together for the first time; the room was soon filled with pre-war rembetika sounds from Smyrna. Their wry humour, the tongue-in-cheek complaints about female coquetry, male braggadocio, the arbitrary powers of police officers, were images of another world creating a conspiratorial feeling of togetherness.
We were not purists rather solemnly imitating the nuances of vocal and instrumental style we had heard on records; neither were we longing to perform these 'old' songs in a free way, in an attempt to bring them back to life, as it were. We were just tuning into a culturally intimate soundscape, prompting an open interplay with enough room for personal improvisation. Our playing resonated with many distant overtones, but all melted into a unifying language of gestures. And our solos were spiced with humorous citations that brought to mind masters of the first rembetika era...

The grin of rembetiko was there to stay on, reminding us that it was not only a form of symbolic interpretation of the underside of social life, 'resisting' conventional middle-class beliefs and social norms. Rather, above all it was a vehicle of self-expression going into trans-personal realms of experience: real music making.

...and we were all surprised by the enchanting impact of our first performance when the audience refused to leave the venue!"

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:54 pm
by Chris P
Recent threads elsewhere on the forum about Greek &/or Turkish music. Just hope this might be useful to someone browsing the forum & not a colossal waste of time!:

Martha Mavroidi
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=15819&p=89400&hilit=mavroidi#p89400

Marika Papagika & Ottomans in America
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=15973&p=90310&hilit=papagika#p90310

Flery Ntantonaki & beyond
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=14492&p=82054&hilit=Flery+Ntantonaki#p82054

Kurdish singers & beyond
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12091&p=69183&hilit=ferhat#p69183

Greek female singers
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=15702&p=88745&hilit=melina+kana#p88745

Sokratis Sinopoulos & Katerina Papadopoulou
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12091&p=69370&hilit=sinopoulos#p69370

Husnu Senlendirici & Trio Chios
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=15213&p=86062&hilit=chios#p86062

Dilek Koç
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=13982&p=79483&hilit=dilek#p79483

Ross Daly
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15790&p=89224&hilit=ross+daly#p89224
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=15821&p=89402&hilit=ross+daly#p89402

Hozan Besir
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=15823&p=89406#p89406
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13129&p=74566&hilit=hozan+besir#p74566
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=12978&p=73604&hilit=hozan+besir#p73604
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=15850&p=89572&hilit=hozan+besir#p89572

Aynur
http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=14340&p=81329&hilit=aynur#p81329

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:00 pm
by Chris P
Worth pointing out that the Greek & Turkish tracks on the fRoots 'Looking for a New England 2: the Other Traditions' Cd are fabuloso:

Greek lyra player Matthaios Tsahouridis and Turkey's Cigdem Aslan have both produced music here in Britain that easily equals the top of the game back in Greece & Turkey,
beautiful stuff!

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:14 pm
by Jaybird
Thats Brilliant. Thanks Chris-I loved the Hozan Besir vids posted earlier in the year and look forward to going through the list-great to have it all in one location.

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:36 pm
by Ian A.
For those who belatedly discovered the first (EMI Greece) Imam Baildi CD a couple of years back, this just in from the Pasion Turca label who re-issued it.

IMAM BAILDI [Greece] will release a new album, Imam Baildi Cookbook‚ in November 2010. Imam Baildi´s sound is like injecting a Greek band of the 1950s into a modern sound system. To begin with, take samples from old Greek tunes and Balkan music. Base them on a solid rhythm section with live percussion & drums and sampled hip hop, rumba and samba beats. Mix all that with Balkan sax, clarinet, trumpet and bagpipe solos. Spice it up with rembetiko inspired bouzouki parts and gipsy guitar riffs. And don't forget the vocal part: MC warming up the crowd with his uplifting ragga flows and beautiful vocal reaching out to your hearts with her soulful voice. There you have it: Imam Baildi playing live. The tunes come from their album, recent compositions and Balkan music. It's expressively done to get everyone dancing! Imam Baildi were formed in 2005 by brothers Orestis and Lysandros Falireas, who started sampling and remixing Greek tunes of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The group's self titled first release reached number 7 and stayed 3 months in European World Music Charts.

http://www.pasionturca.net

They also have Turkey's Baba Zula showcasing at Womex next week.

Re: Greek and Turkish/Kurdish music thread

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:18 am
by kastamonu
1. Group Apsilies

This was lovely Chris & thank you very much.

2. Ferhat TUNC - 'Can Dostum' - he's a zazaki Kurd (from the Tunceli area) - I love what he does - this vid portrays villagers celebrating Nevroz (the Kurdish New Year). I find it very uplifting & always clap along ....

http://www.myvideo.de/watch/2791058/Fer ... Can_Dostum

Re: Baba Zulu

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:45 am
by kastamonu

Re:One more from me! - Ferhat TUNC 'Daye'

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:30 pm
by kastamonu
This is lovely - I believe sung in Zazaki (Kurdish dialect) - FT has worked a lot in Germany & performed at 'Free music' concerts also in Norway.

http://en.kendincos.net/video-tjnvtlh-d ... -tunc.html

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:04 pm
by Chris P
thanks for enlivening the thread Pauline !

Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:41 am
by Philellinas
Another lament for the lost homelands. Can you have enough of these? It features Rosa Eskenazi and black and white photographs of what is called in Greek the Asia Minor disaster/catastrophe of 1922, in particular the loss of Smyrna (present-day Izmir) which was largely a Greek enclave within the Ottoman Empire until then. The writing on the photograph at the end reads "How can I forget you, my beloved Smyrna". I do all this for nothing. I'm too good for this world sometimes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNQbTsG-_6k

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:36 am
by Philellinas
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This looks like a promising release from Lyra although I can't track down any tracks as yet. Yiota Vei is a singer of a certain age who as a schoolgirl appeared on the same stage as Vassilis Tsitsanis. Here she presents her interpretation of 18 well-known compositions by Tsitsanis, including the ubiquitous "Cloudy Sunday". It's on Lyra with Yiota Vei singing Tsitsanis songs. What else do you need to know?

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:56 am
by kastamonu
Philellinas wrote:Another lament for the lost homelands. Can you have enough of these? It features Rosa Eskenazi and black and white photographs of what is called in Greek the Asia Minor disaster/catastrophe of 1922, in particular the loss of Smyrna (present-day Izmir) which was largely a Greek enclave within the Ottoman Empire until then. The writing on the photograph at the end reads "How can I forget you, my beloved Smyrna". I do all this for nothing. I'm too good for this world sometimes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNQbTsG-_6k


Thank you Phil - this is beautiful - rather sad ....

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:31 am
by Chris P
Hafız Osman ( Yeter artık çeker olduğum şu cihanın gamını )

I can't tell you anything about this, except that it's stunning & beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo4QWFVdtIg

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:40 am
by Chris P
Annabouboula, New York Greek stewful mixers-up, as feted in current fRoots. This is from the 90's - great punchy stuff with some nice electric slide and clarinet. From a BBC docu that I wish I'd seen, 7 minutes of which follows with interview, background & more performance - intriguing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vX2_qYQhiU

great rebetika lyrics :
"And no matter how much stuff you smoke,
Well, bum, you can't tumble me"

Re: Greek and Turkish music thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:56 am
by judith
Chris P wrote:Hafız Osman ( Yeter artık çeker olduğum şu cihanın gamını )

I can't tell you anything about this, except that it's stunning & beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo4QWFVdtIg


Yes, it is. Gave me chills, to quote Dayna.