Savina Yannatou: O Yannis kai O Drakos
O Yannis kai O Drakos
Savina Yannatou & Primavera En Salonico
Songs of an Other (ECM B0011846-02)
Savina Yannatou (vocals),
Yannis Alexandris (oud, guitar), Kyriakos Goouventas (violin, viola), Harris Lambrakis (nay), Michalis Siganidis (bass), Kostas Theodorou (percussion, bass), Kostas Vomvolos (quanun, accordion).
Composed by Kostas Vomvolos, Kostas Theodorou, Michalis Siganidis, Savina Yannatou.
Recorded: Athens, Greece, October 13-15, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Greek singer Savina Yannatou can do some amazing things with her voice. This track, ostensibly dealing with dragon slaying (sorry, my Greek is a little rusty), showcases her instrument against a simple backdrop of acoustic bass, violin and accordion. Yannatou sings melodies that swoop up from their anchor notes as if taking flight. With childlike chirps, shimmering melodies, whispers and shrieks, my ears thought of Joanna Newsome, Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk. Now there is an eclectic combination!
What's quite amazing about the progression of this piece is that it obviously tells a musical story, even if the words remain opaque to most listeners.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski