“The reflective compositions and yearning ballads on the album cede the central melodic role to the lyra, sensitively supported by the piano of Yann Keerim and the subtle bass and drums of Dimitris Tsekouras and Dimitris Emmanuel. But there is more happening here than a cross-referencing of folk instrument and jazz trio. “
ECM’s introductory note
When the ancient sound of lyra meets jazz and contemporary music the result is nothing less than pure excitement for the audience. And when this confluence of sounds is brought to life by world class musicians then unique atmosphere is created, evoking emotions and memories.
Sokratis Sinopoulos’ melodies are blending with the quartet’s improvisations, creating an entirely new sound. The quartet’s music is pure acoustic and is best heard in music halls, theatres and also in small open air venues. The musicians are also available to participate in workshops and seminars held as part of festivals or as part of university programs. The soloists are bearers not only of the knowledge of theirinstruments but also of their experience with the Mediterranean music, influenced by ancient Greek music. These are brought together with creativity, academic knowledge, the improvisations and the contemporary music with the acoustic music through the sound of lyra.
Sokratis Sinopoulos is considered one of the most significant lyra players, currently playing with a very distinctive personal sound. The sound of his lyra, has featured in a series of OST’s and contemporary composers’ works. Sokratis’ track record includes work with names such as Loreena McKennit and Charles Lloyd.
Yann Keerim began playing piano at the age of four and received his diploma in classical music at the age of 16. His compositions have featured in numerous films and productions. As pianist he has performed with jazz and ‘world music’ artists including Ara Dinkjian, Manos Achinotopoulos, and Haig Yazdjian.
Dimitris Tsekouras (born 1985 in Athens) comes from a musical family. He played piano, violin, guitar and drums before settling on the bass, which he studied at the Conservatory of Athens.
Dimitris Emmanouel graduated from the Music High School of Pallini, specialized in Greek traditional percussion and Latin percussion. He won the Greek Young Artist Award in 1997 and since then has worked with many groups of traditional Greek music and dance companies.