Lovely Echoes features an innovative and engaging mixture of medieval and 21st century music. It features the voices of mezzo soprano Efi Minakouli and bass Tobias Schlierf, with new original music composed by Spiza members Sofia Kamayianni and Dora Panagopoulou.
The music is performed on original instruments (rebec, portative organ, organistrum, lute and various wind instruments), which in selected pieces are enveloped in new computer generated sounds created by Sofia and Dora, who also join in and perform in the ensemble on various additional instruments.
Lovely Echoes features Effi Minakoulis (mezzo soprano, lute, theorbo, gemsen flute). Tobias Schlierf (bass, conter-tenor, portatif, rebec, crumhorn, glasses, gemsen flute, organistrum). Sofia Kamayianni (percussion, portatif, water sounds, voice). Dora Panagopoulou (organistrum, gong, voice). Tim Ward (recording engineer). Costas Bokos (mixing, mastering). Evanthia Dereoglou (artwork). Maria Yeorganta (photography).
Sound examples from the CD can be found at the bottom of the page. Read a review from the periodical jazz & tzaz below (click to enlarge):
Sound Examples from the CD:
“I wanted my song to have a word” (Dora Panagopoulou), Track 2 from Lovely Echoes (excerpt).
“Unter der Linden” (Walter von der Vogelweide), Track 4 from Lovely Echoes (excerpt).
“A Chantar m’er” (Beatrice de Dia, electronic processing Sofia Kamayianni), Track 8 from Lovely Echoes (excerpt).
“Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa” (Anonymous, electronic processing Dora Panagopoulou), Track 6 from Lovely Echoes (excerpt).
“I have done with phrases” (Soifa Kamayianni), Track 9 from Lovely Echoes (excerpt).