(via Kyriakos Kalaitzidis - ‘The musical voyages of Marco Polo’ - The Weekend Planet - ABC Radio National)
"What if the fabled traveller had himself been a creative musician?
Kyriakos Kalaitzidis’s imaginative ‘answer’ to that question is more interesting than just a set of ‘appropriate’ songs and tunes from various Eurasian places.
He leads a shifting international cast of virtuoso singers and players.
Marco Polo (1254-1324) was not China’s first European visitor, but European interest in ‘The East’ was greatly boosted by The Travels of Marco Polo
Kyriakos Kalaitzids is a Greek composer, scholar and oud virtuoso; he is best known as leader of En Chordais.
More than just an ensemble, En Chordais is also a research and educational project.
En Chordais seeks to promote ‘a collective cultural awareness’ and Greece as cultural crossroad, ‘a place of peaceful coexistence, cultural dialogue and rich heritage.’
Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant, of Greek ancestry.
This project’s core musicians are members of 2 ensembles-cum-institutions - En Chordais and Ensemble Constantinople.”
"Welcome to the fascinating world of Violons Barbares…’Wind in the Steppe’ has a slow, foreboding energy, using gongs and other ancillary percussion to warn of a coming storm. ‘Djore dos’ is a traditional Bulgarian song about a madman knitting a multi-colored sock, which is more shouted than sung, the strings conveying the frenzy of the way I imagine a madman must knit." - RootsWorld http://ow.ly/Cavtx
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(via Inside World Music: CD Review: Lo’Jo’s 2-CD ‘310 Lunes’)
"The French group, Lo’Jo, brings us a new double-disc release of instrumental world jazz, Balkan delights, and impressionistic displays of musical ingenuity on 310 Lunes. Though, the second disc, The International Courabou, was originally released in 1989. At any rate, the music is adventurous, suspenseful, cinematic, and easy-going. There is a bit of North America, Europe, and the Middle East in the release. The music is arranged by Renaud-Gabriel Pion with guests including Magic Malik, Roswell Rudd, Erik Truffaz, and Hasan Yarimdunia. There are even neo-classical influences that mimic soundtracks and scores of America’s early films from the 1940’s and 50’s. The second disc is more world fusion oriented with percussion and a contemporary rock beat. Still, there are neo-classical elements, but the vocals add another dimension to the music. As a set, the albums are dynamic and multi-dimensional with enough pizzazz to satisfy all world jazz aficionados."
Preorder the double-disc set 310 Lunes on Amazon: http://ow.ly/CarUc lojomusic