Xanthoula Dakovanou will unveil her new album “Lamenta” on its release November 26, 2021 on Quart de Lune / UVM Distribution.
Under the musical artistic direction of the greek singer Xanthoula Dakovanou, principal voice of Lamenta, the creation of this album is inspired from the musical traditions of Epirus, Greece fusioned with post-rock and world jazz elements. Staged by the belgian choreographers of international reputation Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero (Siamese Cie), Lamenta is presented at ‘La Villette‘ in Paris (La Nef) the 13th and 14th of December 2021, after having been acclaimed by the press during the Avignon Festival 2021.
The music is particularly inspired from the ‘Miroloï‘ traditions of Epirus – songs of lament related to the loss of a beloved. The album starts from the Miroloï in its original form and glides towards more contemporary musical forms, influenced by post-rock and jazz.
Sixteen renowned musicians have collaborated for this project, including special guests as the famous french jazzman Magic Malik but also Nikos Filippidis, one of the most acknowledged clarinet players in Greece nowadays. Musicians from the greek traditional scene (Kostas Filippidis-lute, Lefkothea Filippidi-voice, Avgerini Gatsi– voice, Dimitris Brendas-clarinet, Ourania Lampropoulou-santouri, Alexandros Rizopoulos-voice and percussion, Dimitris Katsoulis-violin, Stefanos Filos-violin, Thanassis Tzinas-voice) as well as musicians from the world jazz greek scene : Kleon Andoniou (electric guitar, voice), Antonis Maratos (bass), Panagiotis Katsikiotis ‘Tsiko’ (drums), Stefanos Filos (violin) and Solis Barkis (percussion) have recorded with Xanthoula Dakovanou for this album. The result is unique : meditative , lamentative and extatic. A spiritual connection between this world and the other side.