Alexis Zoumbas: A Lament for Epirus 1926-1928

Alexis Zoumbas: A Lament for Epirus 1926-1928

Alexis Zoumbas is a Greek violinist of yore, active in in the earlier twentieth century, whose recordings have hiterhto been unreleased. Fortunately for every living being, though, the good folks at Angry Mom Records have compiled some of Zoumbas's violin pieces on a new record-- and each track (three of which are stream-able below) is strange, beautiful, and sonically removed from any specific spatial or temporal location. At times the music sounds like something Penderecki might've composed, or perhaps like Ornette Coleman's pieces for strings. Elsewhere it foreshadows Tony Conrad, or Mike Gangloff's resultant eastern-tinged fiddle drones (both solo and with his band Pelt). All the while, though, Zoumbas's playing has a bright, Mediterranean flavor to it, the sounds of the sea (or the record crackling) filling the eerie spaces between the notes.

A Lament for Epirus is out now on Angry Mom Records, and it's got an R. Crumb album cover: all the more reason to grab it on wax.

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