Savina Yannatou – Songs of Thessaloniki

Thanasis Gavos   Monday, 9 May 2016; 8:00pm
Savina Yannatou,

Savina Yannatou’s fourth ECM album is a dazzling evocation of her band’s hometown, plunging deep into its rich and complex history.

Once known colloquially as the Jerusalem of the Balkans, Thessaloniki has been home to a host of cultures, religions and ethnic communities. Greeks, Jews, Turks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Armenians, Slav-Macedonians and Pontiac Greeks have shared the city’s diverse life. Yannatou gives all of them a voice, even casting an Irish song about Salonika into this multi-lingual programme, in which she shines as a unique interpreter and spokeswoman for the city’s ghosts.

As ever, Primavera en Salonico are a delight, one of the most resourceful bands of any idiom, as they negotiate the inspired – and very varied – arrangements of Kostas Vomvolos.

Tickets: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/savina-yannatou-songs-of-thessaloniki#.VsB1s0YpljI

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

About Thanasis Gavos

Leave a comment