Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

Thessaloniki was for centuries a melting pot of different cultures: Greeks, Turks, Bulgarians, and Sephardic Jews lived together in harmony. Singer Savina Yannatou gives an impressive voice to the forgotten folk music of this unique city. She breathes new life into these old songs with her classically trained soprano voice. Her band Primavera en Salonico seamlessly combines East and West with its austere acoustic line up. Just like in the Thessaloniki of old.

During this European tour Savina Yannatou & Primavera and Salonico present their 4th ECM CD - produced by ECM Records founder Manfred Eicher in Athens, Greece - which will be released in March 2015. The theme of this CD is the 2300 year old city Thessaloniki.

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Savina Yannatou voice | Kostas Vomvolos quanun, accordion | Kyriakos Gouventas violin | Harris Lambrakis nay | Yannis Alexandris ud, guitar, tambura | Michalis Siganidis double bass | Kostas Theodorou percussion

from the press

"Western critics often use the word "otherworldly" when describing the music of Primavera en Salonico and Yannatou's unpredictable singing, and it's an apt description. The band's Mediterranean based fusion of styles is truly hypnotic, one of the most unique world music sounds you'll hear anywhere." (J. Poet, All Music Guide)

"Savina Yannatou brings together several worlds that seldom collide. In fact, if you drew a Venn diagram of where the spheres of Mediterranean folk, classical music, and free jazz improvisation intersected, you might find her all alone with the intrepid Primavera En Salonica in it. It’s a small, eclectic corner, but well worth visiting, as she and her six-person band explore the interstices of tradition and free experiment, classical capabilities, and folk simplicity." (Jennifer Kelly, Pop Matters)

"The strength of Songs Of An Other that the "otherness" here is actually a unity: of sound, of interplay, and universal sentiments. ...Totally breathtaking." (Steve Koenig, Acoustic Levitation)

"Yannatou possesses a rare capacity for warm nuance and extreme extended techniques; a breadth of expressiveness that positions her alongside Norwegian vocal innovators Maja Ratkje and Sidsel Endresen, albeit in a completely different context. [...] As intense as some of Songs of An Other can be, there are moments of haunting, ethereal beauty." (John Kelman, All About Jazz)

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