Amerika

by Dimitris Mystakidis

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AMERIKA album by Dimitris Mystakidis
Tsibiti technique (rembetiko fingerpicking) and the Greek Blues

Prompted by the special "tsibiti" technique (rembetiko fingerpicking) and the singular guitar playing of Katsaros, Doussas and Kostis, Dimitris Mystakidis reinterprets in his own personal manner rembetika that have been released and performed only in America.

The Greek Blues

Rembetiko fingerpicking, a.k.a. the “tsibiti” technique, was developed in the United States in the beginning of the 20th century, mainly by Kostas Dousas and Yiorgos Katsaros, but also in Greece by Kostas Bezos (A. Kostis). The brilliance and adaptability of these folk musicians led their artistry to unexplored paths: Influenced by the fingerpicking technique of Afroamerican bluesmen, they embraced the distinct open tunings they found in America, creating an original guitar playing technique. The melodies from the homeland, along with their own compositions, acquired a new sound in the neighborhoods of the New World.

History repeats itself

The pain of separation, the long and arduous journey to America, the struggle for survival and acclimatization, marginalization, illegalities, nostalgia and the dream of return, are passing as movie pictures through the songs of the album. The music, sober but skillfully ‘woven’, depicts sorrows, recalls memories and triggers emotions.

Nearly a century later, Greece is experiencing a deep economic crisis and is witnessing a new migration wave. Mostly young and well-educated Greeks are forced to leave their homeland and seek their fortune abroad. At the same time refugees and immigrants from the Middle East are blocked in Greece on their way to northern Europe.

Dimitris Mystakidis dedicates his new album "AMERIKA" to those who left their homeland in search of a better life, but didn't make it. And he notes:

"Same play, different protagonists
I saw
a helpless country sending its children away
the immense struggle for existence and acclimatization
the power of dream
hope
solidarity
the xenophobia and racism of the ensconced".


Label: Fishbowl
For more info, please contact: info@fishbowl.gr.

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released April 7, 2017

Cover, guitar and vocals by Dimitris Mystakidis
Guest vocals in track 3 by Maria Fragouli, Nikos Taleas and Manolis Porfyrakis
Guest vocals in track 4 by Ifigeneia Ioannou

Mixed and mastered by Titos Karyotakis and Christos Charbilas @Royal Alzheimer Hall Studio

Artwork: Altervision - Dimitris Mitsiopoulos

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Dimitris Mystakidis Greece

Dimitris Mystakidis is a folk guitar player, a virtuoso.

As a musician, performer and music professor he researches, teaches, writes, records and performs rembetiko for more than two decades.

Discography:
2006 - 16 Rembetiko Songs For Guitar
2009 - Apsilies
2013 - Whispering Rembetiko
2015 - Esperanto

He has published two books (tutorials) for Lute and Folk Guitar.
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