Magazine article New Internationalist

Nyn

Magazine article New Internationalist

Nyn

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NYN

by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis (Riverboat Records, TUG 1093, CD + digital)

NYN is the ancient Greek word for 'now'. For Greek musicians Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, it's clearly such an important word that they are using their second album to shout it out loud, in capitals. It's a tactic that draws attention not only to the calamitous times of contemporary Greece, but also the roots of that region's rich and ancient culture. Greece is not, they suggest, all about tragedies, whether ancient or modern.

Collaborators for many years, Stassinopoulou and Kalyviotis have long used music as a way of drawing long historical links. Folk instruments combine with digital loops, a traditional lauto (lute) with a Mellotron keyboard, rembetika with Byzantine modal melodies, to create an absorbing and richly layered texture. …

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