Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet - Eight Winds - ECM 2407



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Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet - Eight Winds - ECM 2407
ECM 2407Release: August 2015

Sokratis Sinopoulos: lyra
Yann Keerim: piano
Dimitris Tsekouras: bass
Dimitris Emanouil: drums

The distinctive cry of Sokratis Sinopoulos’ Constantinople lyra has previously been heard on ECM recordings of Eleni Karaindrou (The Weeping Meadow, Elegy of the Uprooting, Medea) and Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri (Athens Concert). The Athens-born Sinopoulos has played a key role in the revival of interest in the lyra in Greece, both in traditional music contexts and in the shaping of new music. Sinopoulos’s reflective compositions and yearning ballads on Eight Winds cede the central melodic role to the lyra, sensitively supported by the piano of Yann Keerim and the subtle bass and drums of Dimitris Tsekouras and Dimitris Emmanuel. Eight Winds was recorded at Sierra Studios in Athens in April 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher.