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Yannis Kyriakides, Andy Moor

Rebetika

Label: Unsounds

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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Andy Moor (guitar) and Yannis Kyriakides (computer) lovingly deconstruct and reassemble their favourite rebetika music in a set of 9 pieces that encompass a wide scope of musical vision. This is an unusual and original take on the so called "blues" music of the Greek diaspora of the early 20th century. Originally recorded and released as an exclusive download for Seven Things, this live set recorded in Glasgow's CCA in 2006 is a re-release on CD with two additional tracks. Rebetika derives its name from a popular music form from 1930s Greece, similar in tone to American blues. Composer Yannis Kyriakides and guitarist Andy Moor offer their own avant-garde take on this music over the course of this highly unusual long-player. The starting point for these songs is a series of scratchy old bouzouki recordings, which are then sampled and manipulated while real-time guitar is overlaid. This meeting of old musical styles, decrepit recordings and very modern string experiments results in an often very emotive blend, effectively re-writing the past with a combination of reverence and adventurous Tetuzi Akiyama-like musicianship, sounding like an angular, Eastern European Charley Patton on the especially haunting 'Minores'.

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Cat. number: U 20
Year: 2010