Edessa | Bereket: Nominated Best World Music Album 2009 Just Plain Folks

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Bereket: Nominated Best World Music Album 2009 Just Plain Folks

by Edessa

Rooted in the interwoven traditions of the Balkans, Near East and of the Roma people, the music of Bereket is satisfyingly complex and allusive -- full of soul and improvisation. Nominated for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM 2009, Just Plain Folks!!
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1. Opa Cupa
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2. Yetiére
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3. Kher Khereste
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4. Djevria's Dance/Saskin
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6. Devollice
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7. Mahur Saz Semaisi
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8. Parakálamos/Halashá Mou
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Edessa captures the passion and vitality that is at the heart of Balkan music. This often rambunctious band plays the intricate time signatures and highly ornamented modal music that is characteristic of the Balkans with authority and joy. An understanding of the unique connection between this music and it's expression in Balkan dance informs the ensemble's performances and derives from decades-long involvement as both musicians and dancers. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they play a variety of styles featuring long sets that interweave melodies and improvisation with a big Balkan beat.

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The sounds of this SF Bay Area ensemble include the ancient and mesmerizing music of the zurna and davul; the lyrical and sweet music of the Greek islands; the haunting, trance-like pentatonic music of Epirus; and-at the other end of the acoustic spectrum-the sizzling, contemporary Bulgarian fusion known simply as "wedding music." The new recording, Bereket, features music from Serbia, Turkey, Macedonia, Albania and Greece.

Edessa travels nationally and internationally and is in constant demand for events ranging from American-style folk dance camps, workshops, and parties to a variety of ethnic celebrations including Greek glendia (festival), Rom (Gypsy) spring celebrations, Armenian parties, Kurdish wedding celebrations, and Bulgarian national holidays.

Edessa is;
George Chittenden - clarinet, saxophone, zurna (shawm), tambura
Ari Langer - violin
Lise Liepman - santouri (hammered dulcimer), accordion
Paul Brown - acoustic and electric bass
Dan Auvil - davul (double-headed drum), darabuka (hand drum), defi (frame drum)
Rumen Sali Shopov - percusssion

Edessa is joined by guest singers Christos Govetas, Brenna MacCrimmon and Eva Salina Primack. On Bereket Edessa is also joined by percussionists Tobias Roberson and Bryan Bowman, with Eric Oberthaler on trumpet.


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Kalman Magyar, Hungaria Records

Brave, Beautiful, Breathtaking; Simply Incredible
Bereket is an incredible work. The length, at 61 minutes, is just too short - it's the fastest hour of a listening life. The musicians on this CD are at the top of their game in Balkan/Middle Eastern dance music. The guest work by the ultra-talented and inspiring musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) is also outstanding and adds so much juice.

If you don't get this CD, you are losing out. Very few recordings have that "it" factor. This one does, not just for the flavor and the arrangements, but in the way the pieces flow, how they are mixed, and the manner in which they are recorded. In this regard, Bereket is breathtaking. While some of the pieces are reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil (without the heavy synthesizers) and are easily performable in an arena or large concert setting, the music is also intimate enough to be played at a bar or a dance party. For its sheer diversity and multi-faceted approach to this genre of music, Bereket is a brave and beautiful work.

Frankly, Bereket has made me revisit my concept of folk music recording, and you've set the bar very high. Thank you for that.

Kalman Magyar
www.kalmanmagyar.com
www.hungariarecords.com

LA Star

Fantastic!
This CD is a family favorite with its fun danceable tunes and its excellent musicianship. Great party music!