Tous des oiseaux 2019-03-01T16:36:08+00:00

Eleni Karaindrou

Tous des oiseaux

On June 14, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus will brim with colours and melodies composed by the major Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou. Thirty-one years after her first, iconic concert at the Odeon in 1988, Karaindrou will deliver a spellbinding concert in two parts.

In the first part, audiences will enjoy Karaindrou’s latest works from the ECM New Series album Tous des oiseaux, which has met with international success. The album, featuring a cover by the acclaimed artist Christos Bokoros, includes two pieces, the music for the performance Tous des oiseaux, written and directed by Wajdi Mouawad, artistic director of the Théâtre national de la Colline in Paris, and the music for the Iranian filmmaker Payman Maadi’s film Bomb, A Love Story, which was nominated at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The second part will feature some of Karaindrou’s most memorable works from her collaborations with Theodoros Angelopoulos, Tonia Marketaki, Margarethe von Trotta, Christoforos Christofis, Jules Dassin and Antonis Antypas. Eleni Karaindrou herself will play the piano, joined by extraordinary veteran and up-and-coming soloists, including David Lynch (tenor saxophone), Vangelis Christopoulos (oboe), Ilias Skordilis (clarinet), Stella Gadedi (flute), Alexandros Botinis (cello), Giannis Evangelatos (bassoon), Kostas Siskos (horn), Dinos Chatziiordanou (accordion), Aris Dimitriadis (mandolin). Also featuring Sokratis Sinopoulos, master of lyre and lute along with Nikos Paraoulakis (ney), Stefanos Dorbarakis (qanon) and Giorgos Kontogiannis (percussion and Cretan lyre). The compositions are centred around a string ensemble with Iro Seira as concertino, having participated in the recording of the works and Karaindrou’s concerts at the Théâtre national de la Colline last December. Savina Yannatou will lend her vocals at both parts of the concert, re-interpreting Karaindrou’s work in her unique vocal style.

The concert is directed by Antonis Antypas, with Manfred Eicher serving as artistic supervisor. George Kariotis, a regular collaborator of Karaindrou in the past 30 years, joins them as sound designer. Periklis Mathielis serves as lighting designer.

Eleni Karaindrou, whose albums are released by ECM along with those of Sokratis Sinopoulos and Savina Yannatou, dedicates this concert to Manfred Eicher for the 50-year anniversary since the founding of ECM Records.