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Rousilvo

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Compact Disc (Audio)
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1
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Available
Release Date:
02-04-2021
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0761856024816
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Digipak
Catalog Number:
NERED1
Rousilvo
Rousilvo

Description

Macedonian composer/multi-instrumentalist Dine Doneff (or Kostas Theodorou, his Greek citizenship name) presents his Balkan-jazz-folk-opera 'Rousilvo' and the first release on neRED music in cooperation with ECM Records.

Heavily influenced by the culture of his homeland, Doneff, creates a musical fabric through open dialogue among the members of a septet. A polyphony of seven women's voices, interspersed with extracts from numerous authentic field recordings, complete a narration of expanding rhythmic and melodic forms.

Rousilvo is the old, Slavic name of the village of Xanthogeia, in north-western Greece. The village's name, and its Slav-Macedonian speaking community, fell victim to the policy of the Greek state to forcibly "Hellenize" the land and its people. At the end of the Greek Civil War (1946-49) most of the women in the village were left alone for the rest of their lives; their husbands either killed or exiled. Since 1986 the village has been uninhabited as a result of long-lasting social marginalization.

Ten compositions, alternating with location recordings of the surviving elderly residents of the village (sometimes singing, at times narrating their stories) salvaging and transforming a treasure trove, an elegy, of a vanishing poetry.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Narrative
  3. Penelopes Of Xanthogeia
  4. Oblivion
  5. Mirka
  6. Natsko
  7. Requiem
  8. Ajde Sl'intse Zajdi
  9. Apatris
  10. Kaimaktsalan
  11. Implacable Grief
  12. Song Of The Unquietness
  13. As A Story
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