The great Epirus clarinet player Dimitris Rizos (who happens to be my father in law) had been suggesting for a while to me to record some instrumentals with him. This summer, after the lockdown in spring, we got together and recorded a first track with me on the Laouto. The music from Epirus is somewhat different from the rest of Greece and I really came to love this style. First of all for the unique polyphonic voices, but also for the special musical color and melodies. We will do more songs like this, with the aim of recording an album. Here is a video of the first track, ‘Up high on the Kostilata (mountain). For the sonic sherlocks among you, no we did indeed not record and film this at the same time, there is too much wind and no electricity out there – we recorded inside a house close to this location and then went outside and played along with the recording blaring on the car radio while someone was filming.
Like most people in the music world, we were hit hard by the Covid 19 situation. Several plans got put on hold. But we have not been idle – some great things have been brewing during the last few months. I have mixed the live show we did with Zulya Kamalova in the Kamal Theatre in Kazan december 2019. The good people at Yummy Music in Kazan are now working on the video editing, and most of the show will be released online later this year. Next, an international project with Snowapple, which was supposed to be recorded in Northern California, is now in the works completely via the internet. This project features fantastic arrangements by the great horn player Gregg Moore. Moore on this soon (sorry couldn’t keep myself)
Also, for those in the know, since we made an album as Kranides with lyricist and novelist Yiannis Kalpouzos (released early 2017 on Snail Records), Marifenia and me have been a bit quiet as far as music goes. This is about to change, as we have started a new project during the lockdown, with working title MUFU. This is not going to be as much ethnic / worldmusic but rather an attempt at blending regional music from Epirus with a number of modern influences which we both have a great passion for. Since it is going to be very different from Kranides, we will probably not release it under the name Kranides. Stay tuned!