EVRITIKI ZYGIA - ORMENION
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EVRITIKI ZYGIA

ORMENION

TERANGA BEAT
Release date: 20/05/20
genre: World Music
Format: LP
€18.49
EVRITIKI ZYGIA - ORMENION

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Teranga Beat proudly presents Ormenion, a record by the group Evritiki Zygia. Ormenion is a historical region that
dates back to the Byzantine Empire. It is the northernmost inhabited region of Greece, where the last railway station of the country
is located. During the 1920's it was inhabited by refugees coming from the North and Eastern Thrace. Immigration is central to
the history of the region of Thrace, where many songs refer to refugees and moving populations. The name of this particular place
was selected as the album title due to its delicate cultural and geographic status: Ormenion coincides with the borders of three
different countries (Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey) and its history counts several waves of immigration that gave way to cultural and
even linguistic exchange -elements that obviously left their mark on the group.

The group Evritiki Zygia was founded in 2007 by five musicians who played mostly in local festivals, their main concern being
the preservation and evolution of the Thracian musical tradition. The collaboration with Teranga Beat helped this project evolve
even further. Forms of arrangement different than the ones used in local feasts and festivals, were introduced giving more space
to the dynamics of the instruments and allowing musicians to show both their improvisational and compositional skills. The distinctively
psychedelic element of Thracian music was enhanced with the introduction of the CRB-Diamond 800 organ and the Moog,
giving the whole project a hybrid sound with a unique identity. The album contains both covers of traditional songs and original
compositions.

The band's highest point was their appearance at the Womex Festival in 2018, where their music was presented for the first time
in front of an international audience. This was an extremely important achievement for us, given that up until then this type of music
remained unknown even to Greek audiences. But it was also a great and very creative experie

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