Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Dec 4th 2011 4.00pm–6.00pm
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Giorgos Demelis, Stavros Kouskousidis, & band “Hasapiko tis polis” from To Sygrótima Thamiris (HXO 1999) —the "polis" of the title is Constantinople; this style of music originally ame from Asia minor and the Rebetika traditionBuy it!
Sophia Bilides “From Athens (Apó tin Athina / Azizie)” from Greek Legacy (E. Thomas Recordings 2006) —This recording originally came out in 1991, and has been reissued for obvious reasons. This song is from the Island tradition.Buy it!
Manos Hadjidakis “The Lantern (laterna music)” from Never On Sunday (Liberty 1983) —Hadjidakis is the composer, but this is a street organ playing this melody. these were common in years past , but were banned for a while. Many pieces were composed for them. as well as favorite tunes of the time re-set for this mechanical device.Buy it!
Grigoris Maninakis “Γλυκεια Μου Περσεφονη” from H Mpompa (Horizon productions 2002) —We end this seet of Rebetic music with this Hasapiko-style song. this group came to the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus a few years ago, which is where I got the recording.Buy it!
Giorgos Demelis, Stavros Kouskousidis, & band “I Agapi einai karfitsa (karsilama)” from To Sygrótima Thamiris (HXO 1999) —a dance, sometimes done in couples, in 9/8 time. It is done in Turkey and in both rural Thrace and in the cities of GreeceBuy it!
Vangelis Papanastasiou “Koulouriastos” from Thrace - Songs and rhythms of Thrace (Dodoni 2001) —"koulouriastos" means "to stir around", and refers to the way the line is folded and coiled up and then uncoiled.Buy it!
Giorgos Parenis (vocal & oud), Nikos Alvanopoulos (klarino) “Hasapia medley-1 (Thelo Na Pantrefto)” from Horeftikos Omilos Thessalonikis Thrakiotiko Glenti 2 (alpha records 2007) —this and the next 2 "tracks" are actually the same long take, but artificially cut up into tracks. The dance is a simple fast 3-measure structure that forms the basis for so much Balkan dancing.Buy it!
Giorgos Parenis (vocal & oud), Nikos Alvanopoulos (klarino) “Hasapia medley-2 (Ehe Gia Panta Gia)” from Horeftikos Omilos Thessalonikis Thrakiotiko Glenti 2 (alpha records 2007)Buy it!
Giorgos Parenis (vocal & oud), Nikos Alvanopoulos (klarino) “Hasapia medley-ending (Organiki Hasapia)” from Horeftikos Omilos Thessalonikis Thrakiotiko Glenti 2 (alpha records 2007)Buy it!
Vangeli & Taki Betziou “Hasaposerviko” from Halkina me to Sygrotima tou Vangeli & Taki Betziou (Ziogas o.e.) —almost a field recording, this family band from Macedonia is playing the same 2/4 time hasapiko just heard, but in Macedonian style. They use a well-known Serbian kolo tune for the danceBuy it!
Xanthippi Karathanassi “My love sent word to me (Me Minise I Agapi MOU - Halkidiki, Macedonia)” from Songs and tunes of Macedonia (Crete University Press 1992) —a beautiful slow song from Greek Macedonia. This recording has a 99-page booklet, with music, words, and essays, in both Greek and English. There is not a bad cut on the CD.Buy it!
Πέτρος Γα'ι'τάνος “Κυρά Μαρία” from Σαν Τα Κρύα Τα Νερά (Mercury 2000) —this begins with a "brass" and davul (large couble headed drum) un-metered section in imitation of the slow dances favored by men in the region. It is interesting that this intro should be presereved, even though it had to be done on synthesizer...Buy it!
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