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Savina Yannatou
Primavera en Salonico
Songs Of An Other

Savina Yannatou voice
Kostas Vomvolos qanun, accordion
Yannis Alexandris oud, guitar
Kyriakos Gouventas violin, viola
Harris Lambrakis nay
Michalis Siganidis double-bass
Kostas Theodorou percussion, double-bass
Sareri hovin mernem (Armenia)
Za lioubih maimo tri momi
(Pirin Macedonia, Bulgaria)
Smilj Smiljana (Serbia)
Dunie-au (Kazakhstan)
O Yannis kai O Drakos
Albanian lullabye (Albania)
Omar hashem leyakoyv
(Ashkenazic traditional)
Radile (Greece)
Sassuni oror (Armenia)
Addio amore (Italy)
Perperouna (Greece)
Ah, Marouli (Greece)

Recorded October 2007
ECM 2057
Concerts Eivind Aarset

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Third ECM album by resourceful Greek singer Savina Yannatou and the exciting band Primavera en Salonico, recorded in Athens in 2007. The collective sails through traditional songs from Armenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Southern Italy as well as Greece, and adds a 16th century hymn from the Yiddish tradition. Arrangements, primarily by Kostas Vomvolos, find the points that unite the traditions, while Savina locates areas where experimental vocal technique can overlap with the idiosyncrasies of folk singing. A magical recording, with achingly beautiful melodies, and spirited improvising erupting out of the arrangements.