Psithirizontas to Rembetiko (Whispering Rembetiko)

by Dimitris Mystakidis

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Rembetika arranged for folk guitar and yayli tanbur.

Dimitris Mystakidis: vocals, guitar
Evgenios Voulgaris: vocals, yayli tanbur

1. Zourlopenemenis yiena - Singer: Dimitris Mistakidis
A Vaggelis Papazoglou song recorded in 1934
2. Yiannaros - Singer: Evgenios Voulgaris
Recorded in New York in 1929 by Harilaos Pirris
3. Nikriz syrto
Instrumental piece composed by Tanburi Cemil Bey written before 1916
4. Papatzis - Singer: Dimitris Mistakidis
A Vaggelis Papazoglou song recorded in 1934
5. Ach vre thalassa kakurga - Singer: Evgenios Voulgaris
A song by Panagiotis Tuntas recorded in 1935
6. Anastenazw ke pono - Singer: Evgenios Voulgaris
A composition by Evgenios Voulgaris based on lyrics by amanedes
7. Diamanto alaniara - Singer: Dimitris Mistakidis
A song by Yiovan Tsaus recoded in 1937
8. Yiatzilar Zeibekiko
Instrumental zeibekiko piece from Asia Minor by anonymous composer
9. Yentikule - Singer: Dimitris Mistakidis
A song by Vosporianos (Emilios Savvidis) and Psiriotis
(Sosos Ioannidis) recorded in 1934
10. Yialo-yialo - Singer: Dimitris Mistakidis
A song by Grigoris Asikis recorded in 1937
11. Saba tsifteteli - An Evgenios Voulgaris’ piece
12. Vlamissa - Singer: Evgenios Voulgaris
A Yiovan Tsaus’ song recorded in 1936
13. O sinachis - Singer: Dimitris Mistakidis
A song by Markos Vamvakaris recorded in 1934
14. Apo kat’ ap’ tis ntomates - Singer: Evgenios Voulgaris
A song recorded in 1928 in New York by Yiannakis Ioannidis


released November 15, 2013

Label: Music Corner (2013)

Whispering Rembetiko

Rembetiko never ceases to stir our souls! Musical matrices like this one are always there to inspire us, to connect us to the present and to open the space for the meeting of the musical with the real time in the field of improvisation and re-creation.

Two instruments with different origins meet up for the first time here in the realm of the musical intimacy engendered by the rembetiko music: on the one hand the guitar as a rembetiko classical instrument echoes its western drifts; on the other the yayli tanbur as an emblematic instrument of Istanbul music echoes the eastern sound of the pre-war rembetiko.

What guided us in this project, however, was not the ambition of having these two instruments playing together for the first time. Neither was our ambition to adopt a narrow, bygone we tend to believe, approach that sees rembetiko as a genre that is there to be simply revitalised. Having as our guide the musicality of this genre, a musicality that does not allow claims to collogue, we submitted to its inspiration; we met in imagined damp, smoky and dark, low dives to whisper their stories with our music.

Dimitris Mistakidis
Evgenios Voulgaris



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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.

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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