Lamenta – Xanthoula Dakovanou
From Epirus traditions to world jazz
«A musical happiness» Le Monde
«Magical music, but also avant-garde » Τélérama
27th of December 2022,
Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation
After having received excellent critics from the international press and having been distinguished at numerous world music charts, ‘Lamenta, from Epirus traditions to world jazz” of Xanthoula Dakovanou is going to be presented live for the first time in Athens the 27th of December 2022, at Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation. The album was released by the french label ‘Quart de Lune’ and is presented under the auspisces of the greek Ministry of Culture.
From Epirus to Avignon, Paris, Bruxelles and back, this album is inspired by musical traditions of Epirus, in particular lamentations, with influences of post-rock and world jazz. It is a musical journey which explores the ways that the human soul deals with the pain of loss, ending up as an extatic feast on stage.
The music was choregraphed by belgian choreographers Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero (Siamese Cie) and the contemporary dance piece ‘Lamenta’ has received excellent critics from the international press.
In this concert the music of the album is presented live with eleven artists on stage. Next to Xanthoula Dakovanou (voice), a special guest is Nikos Filippidis (clarinet) as well as the musicians Kleon Antoniou (electric guitar), Dimitris Brendas (clarinet, kaval), Kostas Filippidis (voice), Lefkothea Filippidi (voice), Stefanos Filos (violin), Panagiotis Katsikiotis (drums), Alexandros Rizopoulos (percussion) and Dimitris Tsekouras (bass). We present, as well, for the first time an authentic choreography of Taxiarchis Vasilakos on the album’s track ‘Leventis’. In the album ‘Lamenta’ participates also the famous french jazzman Magic Malik (flute, voice).
The belgian choreographer Koen Augustijnen will be present in Athens for the live concert of the album.
Xanthoula Dakovanou is a singer and composer with an international carreer. She has recorded until now three personal albums in Paris and she has participated to 13 more albums around Europe as an invited singer. The specific repertory that she sings is composed of vocal traditions of Greece, the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean and her compositions are contemporary musical creations based on these traditions. She is a doctor (Medical School of Athens), Music therapist (Sorbonne Paris 5 University) and holds a thesis in Psychoanalysis in the particular scientific field of ‘Music and Psychoanalysis’ (Paris Sorbonne 7 University). She is a visiting lecturer at Paris Sorbonne 5 University, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Institute of Music Therapy of Nantes. She has written numerous scientific articles concerning ‘Voice and Psychoanalysis’ and ‘Music and Psychoanalysis’. Furthermore, she is the artistic director of Mousa Cie in Athens, as well as Kerasovo Festival in Epirus, Greece.
Info: Xanthoula Dakovanou,
‘Lamenta, From Epirus traditions to world jazz’.
27th of December 2022.
Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation.
15 euros / 12 euros