Sumiglia is Savina Yannatou‘s first ECM studio album and her first creative collaboration with producer Manfred Eicher.
Pooling songs from Greece, Corsica, Italy, Sicily, Galicia (Spain), Palestine, Albania, Bulgaria, Armenia, Moldavia and the Ukraine, Sumiglia both celebrates the differences between the traditions and the common ground they share. The musicians reveal a deep feeling for the melodies they explore, treat them with great respect, and when the music seems to demand it, follow their implications until increasingly free improvisation becomes an inevitability.
Sumiglia (ECM CD B0004046-02) is also a vocal, and linguistic, tour-de-force. Savina, possessed of a voice that always seems a naturally expressive instrument, nevertheless has the ability to move in and out of roles and characters (and dialects and idioms) with an actress’s or opera singer’s facility: she becomes the protagonists of her songs – the orphaned child of “Porondos viz partjan”, the suffering lover of “Sta kala lu serenu”. the war-weary narrator of “Terra can nun senti”, the Greek bride of “Evga mana mou
Drawing on the open-ended arrangements of Kostas Vomvolos, the band is able to match Yannatou’s mercurial changes of mood. Sumiglia also gives the fullest account yet of the group’s instrumental range. The line-up is: Savina Yannatou: vocals; Kostas Vomvolos: accordion, qanun, kalimba; Yannis Alexandris: tambura, ud, guitar; Michalis Siganidis: double-bass; Kyriakos Gouventas: violin, viola; Haris Lambrakis: nay; and Kostas Theodorou: percussion.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.