A Greek – Norwegian collaboration on Balkan music
A Norwegian accordionist and a Greek lutanist and singer, draw from their experience in improvisation and Balkan music in order to establish a new musical idiom. Stian Carstensen is one of the most important accordionists of the contemporary music scene. The combination of virtuosity and genius that characterize his performance is praised not only by great artists but by the international press as well. His music is a fusion of Balkan, jazz music and bluegrass. This crossover of traditional with contemporary musical idioms is his common ground with Martha Mavroidi, whose collusion with contemporary composers and ensembles along with her profound and enduring relationship with Greek and Bulgarian music traditions forms her complex and unique identity. In this encounter, the two musicians bring their temperaments together in search of a new Balkan sound, towards tradition and imagination.
Stian Carstensen: accordion, banjo, kaval
Martha Mavroidi: electric lafta, sazi, vocals
Yiorgos Ventouris: contrabass
Costas Anastasiadis: percussion
"When it comes to jazz Richard Galliano is not alone: the mercurial Stian Carstensen makes it all look so easy" - Les Minimes
"You could be in Athens, Istanbul, Sofia, Manhattan –but the truth is that, with Mavroidi, you are in all of them at once" - Michael Church, The Scotsman