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Mar
22

Daemonia Nymphe: Psychostasia II – The Ritual

“Five years have passed since the first calling to the mystical old Cholmeley boys’ club. Now is the time for the ritual at the bewitching Asylum Chapel to occur.

At the completion of the ceremony in its natural space, you may witness the sacrament; but you may not reveal what you have seen, heard or experienced.”

Acoustic music with ‘ancient’ Greek instruments, with artists of fire, air, whispers and words. Prepare to be transported and transformed.

Based on Daemonia Nymphe’s new compositions and collective work from all their previous albums, including theatre work.

Performers: Winter James, Matthew Wade, Lauren Elisabeth Taylor, Victoria Couper, Rey Yusuf, Thodoris Ziarkas, Evi Stergiou, Spyros Giasafakis and Orestis Giasafakis
Reproductions of ancient Greek instruments: Nikolaos Brass

Asylum Chapel,
Caroline Gardens,
Peckham,
London SE15 2SQ.

Limited tickets available

PRESS QUOTES

“Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou compose and improvise dark, ethereal music on ancient Greek instruments reproduced for them by craftsman Nikos Brass. Wailed Greek lyrics taken from Hellenic literature and a whole load of masks and ancient costume make for a captivating live experience.” -Time Out London

“The performance is accompanied throughout by fantastic compositions from Daemonia Nymphe, a two person musical group who play a blend of traditional and more recognisable instruments. The music moves between providing a moody background to taking centre stage with songs sung ensemble by the ‘Greek chorus’, an impressive contemporary take on the ancient practice of singing and dancing through much of the drama” Medea -Plays to see

“I cannot end without praising Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou for the hauntingly beautiful music performed on reproductions of ancient Greek instruments” Medea-Everything Theatre

“Daemonia Nymphe has a unique brand of Greek-inspired folk music. Mostly playful and floaty, the acoustic songs are beautifully fragile … this show feels like a strange dream where a Venetian ball meets pagan rituals”.
Psychostasia – Everything Theatre

”With a gravel floor, wooden chairs and a pale raised walkway, the set is as stark as the story. It is further complimented by live music composed by Daemonia Nymphe and performed by Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou. These haunting tones underpin many of the scenes and further add to the melancholy of the piece.” Medea -What’s Peen Seen

An excellent comprehensive proposal is given by musicians Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou (Daemonia Nymphe). Their music manages to capture the theatrical emotion. Macbeth-National Theatre of Northern Greece -theatreviewerblogspot

Daemonia Nymphe (Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou) is an ethereal world music ensemble, the first artists worldwide to compose and perform improvisations with reproductions of ancient Greek instruments manufactured by Nikolaos Brass. Currently based in the UK, the group has released music on labels of several nationalities (German, Italian, French and Portuguese), most prominently on a long established French record company specializing in world music (Prikosnovenie records). Due to superb costumes and masks, attending a Daemonia Nymphe concert is to have the eerie sensation of beholding characters stepping out from scenes on attic vases. They have performed and toured in the USA, Austria, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Greece (headliners at the Wave Gotik Treffen, Festival Mediaval -Germany, Ethereal Fest-Spain, Caivano Arte fest-Italy, invited at Psalm/Styriarte Festival-Austria, Exhibition Road fest -UK). They have composed music for short films, documentaries (Treasures of Athens and Olympia/channel 5), theatre(National Theatre of Northern Greece, Theatre Lab Company) fashion shows (Gucci/Milan, Paris Fashion week) and stand-up comedies (Colin Quinn’s Long Story Short Broadway, New York). Credits also include singing contribution(with LBC) to Neil Davidge’s (Massive Attack) score for the game ‘Halo’ 4, collaboration with international musicians Peter Ulrich (ex-Dead Can Dance), Dessislava Stefanova (London Bulgarian Choir), Psarantonis, Dimitra Galani, Alkinoos Ioannides and Louisa John Krol among others, and compilations by European and International labels which include songs by Daemonia Nymphe along with tracks by Lisa Gerrard, Loreena McKennitt, Ladytron and many others.

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