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by Budd Kopman
The mesmerizing Songs Of An Other is the second ECM studio recording for vocalist Savina Yannatou and the instrumental group Pimavera en Salonico. Their first ECM release, Terra Nostra (2003), was live and not actually recorded, but licensed by ECM, which led to their first studio ECM recording, Sumiglia (2005).Pimavera en Salonico has been together for fifteen years with basically the same members, and creates arrangements of traditional or folk music from lands in a great arc from ...read more
by John Kelman
With her international début, Terra Nostra (ECM, '03), Greek singer Savina Yannatou and her group Primavera en Salonico continued a musical philosophy beginning with a series of Greek releases in '95 with the self-titled Spring in Salonica. Mining traditional music largely from the Mediterranean area, but in some cases stretching as far abroad as Scotland and the Caribbean, Yannatou demonstrates how seemingly diverse ethnic styles are ultimately and inextricably linked. The subject of how musical concepts which began in the ...read more