Music from Greece

Domna Samiou, Pétros Kalívas, The Eléni Tsaoúli Song and Dance Group, Nikos Philippidis, Yiorgos Marinakis, Socrates Sinopoulos, Kostas Philippidis, Yiorgos Gevgelis, Stéfanos Vartánis, Chrístos Mortákis, Andréas Pappás, Panos Dimitrakopoulos, Theologos Gryllis, Vaggelis Karipis, Apóstolos Kyriakákis, Nikos Oikonomidis, Aristides Moshos, Mathios Balabanis, Giorgos Marinakis, Konstantina Kapetanopoulou, Kyriakos Tabakis

The Caprice album Grekisk folkmusik (Ξενητεμéνο μου πουλí) is finally reissued, for the first time on CD with 9 extra tracks, and a comprehensively informative booklet about Greek folk music and the woman behind this production – Domna Samiou.

In the summer of 1979, Greek folk singer Domna Samiou (1928-2012) travelled around Sweden. Accompanying her was her folk music group, consisting of musicians from various parts of Greece, handpicked by Domna herself, as well as the dance troupe Eléni Tsaoúli. Caprice Records made several recordings in connection to this tour, which lead to an album release in 1980. The tour and its resulting record had a profound impact, not only on the roughly 20 000 Greeks living in Sweden at the time, but also on many Swedes who, before this, had perhaps only come in contact with the music of Mikis Theodorakis or the occasional bouzouki melody on a holiday visit to Greece. Here, the audience was introduced to the multifaceted musical treasure of Greece, and learned about its historical background.

Domna Samiou is one the most prominent figures in Greek folk music, both as singer and researcher. She collected thousands of texts and folk melodies throughout Greece, i.a. during a five year peregrination in her homeland. She also collected vast amounts of material from Greeks in the diaspora.
Domna Samiou was born in Athens in 1928, in one of the neighbourhoods where many of the Greeks from Anatolia had settled down after being expelled from Turkey. This led to Athens and Piraeus becoming a melting pot of different musical styles. A musically rich childhood with a singing father laid the foundation for her great interest in music, even though the economy was poor and life sometimes quite austere. Domna was discovered in her early teens by researcher, musician and pedagogue Simon Karras, who came to mean a lot for her development in the field.
In 1954, Domna began working for the then Greek Radio Broadcasting Service’s division for domestic music, mainly as researcher and producer. It would take another 20 years, however, before she released her own first record, with her performing popular Greek songs. Domna became very famous in Greece after the fall of the military junta in 1974, as she toured frequently both in and outside Greece. Her contributions to Greek folk music simply cannot be overstated.

The album Ξενητεμéνο μου πουλí (freely translated to My Bird in Exile) was not just intended as a documentation of an acclaimed tour, it also reflected the music as a distillation of Greek culture, thought, history, and art.
Now, we reissue this album for the first time on CD, digitally remastered, with 9 bonus tracks and new texts by Miranda Terzopoulou, who worked closely together with Domna Samiou. In the comprehensive booklet, there is also information and descriptions of the 25 tracks on this album.

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    • 1.
      When I was a Lad (Αντά ’μαν παλικάρι) Music: Traditional

    • 2.
      Synkathistós (Συγκαθιστός) Music: Traditional

    • 3.
      May (Μάης) Music: Traditional

    • 4.
      Karsilamás (Καρσιλαμάς) Music: Traditional

    • 5.
      I'll Jump from the Railings (κάγκελα θα πέσω) Music: Traditional

    • 6.
      Why Did I Go and Fall for You (Tι ’θελα και σ’αγαπούσα) Music: Traditional

    • 7.
      Hasaposérvikos (Χασαποσέρβικος) Music: Traditional

    • 8.
      Tsámikos (Τσάμικος) Music: Traditional

    • 9.
      My Heart-Sick Bird Flown Far from Home (Ξενιτεμένο μου πουλί) Music: Traditional

    • 10.
      Solo Floyéra (Σόλο φλογέρα) Music: Traditional

    • 11.
      I'll be the Basil by Your Window (Βασιλικός θα γίνω) Music: Traditional

    • 12.
      Let My Eyes Go See (Ας πα να δουν τα μάτια μου) Music: Traditional

    • 13.
      Samarína (Σαμαρίνα) Music: Traditional

    • 14.
      Koursárikos (Κουρσάρικος) Music: Traditional

    • 15.
      The Brave Man (Ο αντρειωμένος) Music: Traditional

    • 16.
      Kondiliés (Κοντυλιές) Music: Traditional

    • 17.
      Solo Violin (Σόλο βιολί) Music: Traditional

    • 18.
      Kavodorítikos (Καβοντορίτικος) Music: Traditional

    • 19.
      My Love is to Wed (Η αγάπη μου παντρεύεται) Music: Traditional

    • 20.
      My Heartless Love (Καλέ δε με λυπάσαι) Music: Traditional

    • 21.
      Exile is the Greatest Hardship (O μισεμός είναι καημός) Music: Traditional

    • 22.
      Melitzaniá (Μελιτζανιά) Music: Traditional

    • 23.
      Our Tráta all Tattered (Η τράτα μας η κουρελού) Music: Traditional

    • 24.
      Four and Four (Τέσσερα τσαι τέσσερα) Music: Traditional

    • 25.
      Yiar yiar (Γιαρ γιαρ) Music: Traditional

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CD/digital // CAP 21835 // Music from … // Folk/World // Releasedate: 1 November, 2013