Esperanto (album)

by Dimitris Mystakidis

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about

Eight years after the release of my first album “16 Rembetika Songs for Guitar”, I come back with a collection of songs mainly form the postwar period.
Drawing upon folk guitar techniques, my aspiration is to unveil the instrument’s capacity and expressive autonomy. Both these elements are particularly manifested in the songs originally written for bouzouki.
The splendid artistry of those songs is often overshadowed by the intimacy and emotion accumulated through their journey in time.
Seeking their underlying magnificence has been a perennial spiritual journey for me, while at the same time challenged me to explore new territories in folk music.
Sixteen outstanding performers, each of them with a unique career in Greek music, lend their brilliance to our shared vision and come together through our common language.
A lyrical Esperanto where musical notes take the place of words.

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released November 1, 2015

Vocal Recordings
Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Fotini Velesiotou, Manolis Pappos, Eleni Vitali, Eleni Tsaligopoulou and Christos Thivaios RECORDED BY Nikos Lagos @ synENA Studio
Dimitra Galani and Giota Negka RECORDED BY Yannis Βaxevanis @ AntArt Studio
Christos Mastelos and Fotis Siotas RECORDED BY Babis Chalkidis @ Lyrikon Studio
Matoula Zamani RECORDED BY Yannis Mavridis @ Cue Studio
Dionysis Savvopoloulos RECORDED BY Alex Chrysidis and Fanarita Giovanidis (assistant engineer) @ Sierra Studio
Alkinoos Ioannidis RECORDED BY Vaggelis Lappas @ Sierra Studio
Eleonora Zouganeli RECORDED BY Dimitris Mourlas @ Sierra Studio
George Dalaras RECORDED BY Elias Lakkas @ Odeon Studio
Kostis Avissinos RECORDED @ Michael Boutsaki's Studio (sound engineering by Kostis himself)

Mixed and Mastered by Yannis Mavridis and Dimitris Mystakidis @ Cue Studio

Eleni Tsaligopoulou and Giota Negka appear courtesy of Feelgood Entertainment.
Eleonora Zouganeli and Fotini Velesiotou appear courtesy of Minos EMI.
Christos Thivaios appears courtesy of Mikros Heros.

Thanks to
Dimitris Politis for his great solo on the track "Samba Mou Ksigiesai"
Aris Nikolaides for the historical documentation


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Dimitris Mystakidis Greece

Dimitris is a multi-instrumentalist who joined forces with the great majority of Greek artists – composers, musicians and vocalists.

He has published two books, for Greek Mainland Lute (Steryianó Laoúto) and for Greek Folk Guitar (Laikí Kithára).

His latest album Here & There was released in September 2019.
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