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"DEMÓDOKOS" 

a journey to the Greek Byzantine roots of southern Italy

 

The tradition of blind singers like once Homer and Demodocus has roots that go back a long way, right up to the time of the so-called "seeing singers", a kind of shamans. In many Greek myths, the blindness of the singers and the soothsayers is interpreted as a gift of the gods or nature. The poet, like an oracle, being blind for the "earthly" things, is able to see into the "other" world.


A considerable part of the music and poetry of southern Italy has Its roots in the Greek past of the southern end of the Italian peninsula. Over the centuries, ancient Greek culture has mixed with southern Italian traditions and so resulted in a multiculturality, a unique blend of the Byzantine and the Romanesque world.

 

Ensemble Oni Wytars, together with exceptional musicians from the Mediterranean, heads off for a trip through an island world of archaic sounds and amazing stories, in a nearly forgotten languages ??almost bygone traditions. From ancient hymns to the sun to passionate tarantellas, played on instruments that have survived thousands of years, up to today's traditional music all the way from the Aegean to the Ionian through in Tyrrhenian sea as far as Sardinia.



Ensemble Oni Wytars:
Gabriella Aiello - voice
Peter Rabanser - voice, double flutes, gajda
Marco Ambrosini - nyckelharpa, rebec, jew's harp, tromba mollusca
Riccardo Delfino - harp
Efrén Lopez - oud
Carlo Rizzo - frame drums, tamburello, voice
Ross Daly - Cretan lyra, tarhu
Kelly Thoma - Cretan lyra
Michael Posch - recorders, reed flutes
Luigi Lai - launeddas
Katharina Dustmann - bendir, def, davul, zarb 

[11 musicians / reduced version: 7 musicians]

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