I’ve always associated the world of fantasy literature and art with progressive rock. However, world music also has strong connections as represented in this DVD. French record label Prikosnovenie specializes in fairy music. That is the music that celebrates the magical creatures found in European literature and folklore. Every year, Prikosnovenie pus together a music festival called Night of Fairies (La nuit des fées) in Clisson (France) and they invite musicians who have connections with the worlds of fantasy.
The DVD Daemonia Nymphe Live at la Nuit des Fées showcases the magical and shamanistic music of Greek band Daemonia Nymphe. The musicians celebrate Greek mythology, the world of nymphs, satyrs, Bacchus and other characters. They dress in togas, wear masks and play ancient musicals instruments such as lyra, varvitos, krotala, pandura and double flute. Band members include Spyros Giasafaki, Evi Stergiou, Maria Stergiou, Christos Koukaras, Daphne Kotsiani, and Vangelis Paschalidis.
The DVD also includes Italian folk band Corde Oblique and the wild music and vocal wizardry of sensational Bulgarian singer and fiddler Djaima.
Daemonia Nymphe Live at la Nuit des Fées is a fascinating portrait of the music that takes you to the mysterious worlds in the realm of fantasy.
Buy the DVD here.
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.