Steven Feld, Dick Blau, Angeliki & Charles Keil: Bells and Winter Festivals of Greek Macedonia

Steven Feld, Dick Blau, Angeliki & Charles Keil: Bells and Winter Festivals of Greek Macedonia

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Bells and Winter Festivals of Greek Macedonia, 

CD by Steven Feld, with photographs by Dick Blau and notes by Angeliki and Charles Keil

During Christmas and New Year's weeks of 2000-2001, Steven Feld traveled in Greece with Dick Blau and Angeliki and Charles Keil to record a CD for their book Bright Balkan Morning: Romani Lives and the Power of Music in Greek Macedonia. Feld's CD soundscape for the book is accompanied by a portfolio of photographs by Blau. Together they evoke the world of Romani families in the ancient crossroads town of Iraklia (Jumaya), moving through the marketplace, the cafes and homes of the Roma neighborhood, the town church, and several New Year's parties. Throughout the trip Feld was taken by the presence of bells in the countryside, in local villages, and in winter festivals. This CD features these keynote sounds of animal bells, town and church bells, and belled festival performers interacting with Romani instrumental trios, as well as with bagpipes (gaida) and frame drums (defi).

 

1 Belled Goats of Assiros 4:25
2 Belled Sheep of Dorkas 4:14
3 New Year at Sohos Zissis Hindzos, Aristidis Dramalis, and Yiannis Dramalis 10:44
4 Arapides Festival at Nikisiani vendors, boys and men at the Arapides Festival 7:37
5 Taverna Party at Nikisiani Ioannis Milkas, Grigoris Goras, and Antonis Halatsis 15:15
6 Babouyera Festival at Kali Vrissi The Madziris trio - Kostas, Ilias, and Elias Dimanos 9:48
107 Festival Parade at Kali Vrissi Bagpipers withs boys and men with costumes of bells 11:25


 

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