Sikoses (Monsieur Doumani, 2015)
Greek Cypriot folk innovators Monsieur Doumani are back with another outstanding contemporary recording rooted in the island’s traditions. Sikoses, released this year, features the talented trio from Nicosia. Sikoses is a Greek Cypriot term that refers to the end of carnival, the last day of indulging and meat consumption before Lent.
Throughout Sikoses, Monsieur Doumani reconfigure folk music by using rock guitar-style riffs played on a traditional instrument called tzouras (a cousin to the popular bouzouki), unexpected trombone, flutes, trance-like loops on one piece and vocal harmonies.
The pieces are a mix of traditional Cypriot melodies and originals by Antonis Antoniou. Although the songs feature vocals, Monsieur Doumani leaves plenty of space for musical passages featuring mesmerizing flute and tzouras solos, improvisations and idiosyncratic arrangements.
The lineup includes Demetris Yiasemides on flute, trombone and vocals; Angelos Ionas on acoustic guitar and vocals; and Antonis Antoniou on tzouras, vocals and electroacoustic manipulation.
Monsieur Doumani is even better on Sikoses. The group has matured and delivers a superb collection of contemporary Cypriot folk music.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.