And finally, a bit of actual Christmas music from the Greek Orthodox Church.
Kyriakos Sfetsas is originally from Lefkadia an island in Greece, and started this particular band in the mid-1970s in order to expand the boundaries of what Greek traditional music is. Apparently, there is a lot more music of his which has yet to be released. This is as fine an intro to his works as […]
Some magic, courtesy of Greece’s finest Byzantine lyra player, Psarantonis.
Canary Records owner (and a rather fine experimental musician himself) Ian Nagoski should be commended for his work in bringing to life so many wonderful albums from the turn of the 20th Century cut by Balkan and Jewish musicians who left their home countries and made quite good names for themselves in places like New […]
I have absolutely no information at the moment on either Manolákis or Sidirokastrítis, but their song, Médousa, makes for perfectly mellow listening.
Turkish oudist Mehmet Polat, a familiar name to this blog, has new music available!
Antonis Xylouris, the aforementioned Psarantonis, is a wizard of the Byzantine lyra, a musical instrument with powerful roots in Crete. Several friends have introduced me to his work, and it amazes me that I missed this man’s work for so long.