Genre: Jazz, World, Acoustic
Main released recordings: (as a composer) - NOSTOS, 1999 LYRA 667 - ECHOTOPIA, 2003 FM 1578 (w/ Theodosii Spassov) - ROUSILVO, 2010 ZEN EINAI 001 and, as a band member of Primavera en Salonico - SUMIGLIA, 2005 ECM 1903 - SONGS OF AN OTHER, 2008 ECM 2057
ROUSILVO released by "zen einai productions" 2010 >info>
A septet together with seven women's voices interpolated with original documentary recordings as a tribute to an abandoned village on the border between Greece and f. Y.R. of Macedonia.
"The chorus arrives, here, the entrance to the village,
susurration, elm leaves, stillness, a summons,
Beside the big stone, water
babble of voices, waiting ones,
Penelopes of Xanthogeia,
Rousilvo, living, dead,
Oblivion willed on the unwillingly.
Mirka the teacher breathes yet
and you Natsko never old enough to love
mourning, prescribed in silence
homecoming to unbelonging.
In the sequestered minds of the man of substance, ashes and blood,
and looming, there in the snow, Kaimaktsalan, custodian of bones.
Implacable grief, oxygen cannot be bartered.
And now, what lips are left to mouth the song of freedom?
Only lingering echoes of the melody of the forbidden language
and undaunted dancing to songs without words.
Sometimes, once in a while,
comfort to our ears, the stealthy significance of the unwritten,
like some secret, dignified in silence
liquid lamentations over the graves of our forbears
where we mutes have just bid farewell,
and the villages, where behind us we left
bewildered windows and doors gaping in the wind
without crier or priest, or a pitcher for the spring."
Rousilvo, February 2002
(translated in English by Jonathan Smith)