Epirus, An Ancient Voice : for piano with tape
by Constantine Koukias (2016, this version: 2018)
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Performance by Gabriella Smart from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 117.
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Epirus is the rugged mountainous northwest region of ancient Greece. The end of the Balkan wars and World War I left the region divided between southern Albania and northwestern Greece. The word Epirus itself derives from the Greek and means 'terra firma' as opposed to Corfu and the Ionian islands. Vasilliki Koukias, the mother of the composer, was born and raised in Epirus Greece and passed away in 2007. Two recordings of Vasiliki's singing became the basis of this new work: a lament (mirolóyia) and a shepherd's song (skaros). Recorded in Hobart, Tasmania in 2000 the recorded voice relays ancient roots from Epirus, transformed again in the composer's new home in Amsterdam. The Tape for this work was developed in collaboration with Evert de Cock a sound engineer based in Amsterdam.
Year: 2016, this version: 2018
Instrumentation: Piano, tape.
Duration: 8 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Gabriella Smart
Performances of this work
10 Feb 2020: at Gabriella Smart: Narratives Across Continents (Auditorium, Cité internationale des arts).
21 Oct 19: ZONTA solo concert, Carclew, Adelaide SA
31 Jul 19: Flinders University Concert Series, Adelaide SA
10 Dec 18: Australian Embassy, Dublin
6 Dec 18: Bournemouth University, UK
5 Dec 18: De Montford University, UK
27 Oct 18: LOFT Cologne
21 Oct 18: Doopsgezinde Singelkerk, Singel 452, Amsterdam
1 May 2016: at Nadia Ratsimandresy: the magic of the Ondes Martenot (Glebe Justice Centre).
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