Songs from a country with villages that literary hang from the sides of tall mountains and melodies from islands situated in a deep blue sea, with painted white houses sparkling in the bright yellow sun- Greece! a Far Away Land. These melodies, pieces of land and sea, offer and appreciation of authentic Greek music which contains a perfect balance between life and death, joy and despair, Eastern and Western civilizations. In what often called the crossroad between the East and the West, Greece has always been a land where the Arts were at the heart of peoples' lives. Balancing Dionysian spirit with the discipline of Christianity, what is offered us today in Greek music is a book of sounds and colors that travel back throughout the centuries and which is homogeneous yet so diverse at the same time. Songs of joy and celebration, tragic ballads and laments for those who left home. Despite the various conquerors of the country,music instead of being silenced was actually enriched and adopted new elements in such a way that Greek music is as unique as the land that gave birth to it... Panayotis Terzakis
TI KAKO KAMA O KAIMENOS (WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG, THE POOR ONE?)
What have I done wrong/ that they all call me murderer? /Did I kill a man/did I kiss any woman? /Somewhere here in our neighborhood/ there is a girl I love/ Her name I don’t know/ Or whether she’s Turk or Greek.
MAVRO MOU CHELIDONI/MY BLACK SWALLOW
My black swallow from Arabia/My white dove from my homeland/Both of you which are flying high please come down and open your feathers and open your wings/To write a letter and a short notice/To my mother and to my siblings and to my love.
Vocal arrangements and all voice lines by Panayotis Terzakis.
Recorded 2007, 2008 Studio "Esoteron", Athens (GR)
Recording Engineers: Akis Kotas, Konstantinos Krikos
Sound mix: K. Krikos
Photo by Lambros Papanikolatos, Berlin (c) 2006.
CD Single Cover by Yiorgos Andreakos (c) 2008.