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The Akashic Record
experimental // minimal // international // vocal // earlymusic

Strange and beautiful music from the world tomorrow with Oliver Pitt (Golden Teacher, Akashic Records). A reminder that the experimental can be popular, whilst great pop can be deeply strange, and anything made with soul, will move any soul that hears.

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   12:00 - 13:00
   Thu, 23/05/2019
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15 - Lament in Polyphony
28/03/2019 // 15 - Lament in Polyphony

Polyphonic / Vocal / Folk / Epirus / Ancient music / Iso-polyphony / Sutartinės / Duduk

Lament in Polyphony collects a range of traditional, polyphonic singing and instrumental music from the Balkans, Armenia, Georgia and Lithuania. We start with 4 pieces of droning iso-polyphony of Southern Albania and a similar Arumanian song using bagpipe and voice. We then move a few miles south to North Western Greece with the ancient music of Epirus (a region now shared between Greece and Albania) with a selection of tracks from old 78rpm records and a recent field recording of a primeval living tradition. Droning wooden flutes can often be heard accompanying the voice in much of this rural, Balkan music as we hear in the music of Macedonian folk singer Vaska Ilieva. Following this are two instrumental pieces played on the Duduk; an ancient double reed woodwind instrument indigenous to Armenia and a choral piece by Georgian folk legend Hamlet Gonashvili. Lastly we go to north-east Lithuania and hear 6 example of Sutartinės; another ancient and highly unusual folk tradition using multiple voices, dissonant harmonies and repeated phrases. Sutartinės are normally sung by women in small groups but can also be performed on pan-pipes, horns, long wood trumpets, fipple flutes and plucked zithers some of which I’ve included here.

Tracks 01-04 - Albania

Tracks 05 - Aromanian (Romania)

Tracks 06-09 - Greece (Epirus)

Tracks 10 - Macedonia

Tracks 11-12 Armenia

Tracks 13 - Georgia

Tracks 14-19 - Lithuania

For more information on this music (by people who actually study this kind of thing) please see links below;

Albanian Iso Polyphony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfOvbb43m6o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4V2cE-LmBU

Music of Epirus https://tompkinssquare.bandcamp.com/album/lament-from-epirus-soundtrack https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36236097-lament-from-epirus

Lithuanian Sutartinės https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wij_cgVGOxw https://medium.com/@michaelkaulkin/more-fascinating-folk-music-sutartin%C4%97s-of-lithuania-d0bda90d32b1?fbclid=IwAR3CuzhpqdZLv1wUt-rJQyQZjvgPKiDQOsq0sjh5Y9a58Kd2ZmsG_z-Ow8Q

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