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Bridges from the East

by Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra

Elektra bridges cultural borders and genres of music, using the essence of Mediterranean music, spiced with Polish, Greek and Arabic flavor, based in contemporary Jazz and Classical music. We bind the beat of New York's life with our multi-ethnic roots
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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1. Triton
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2. Hasaposerviko
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3. Red Apple
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4. 334
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5. Trebble Duet Nr 1
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6. Zeibekiko
4:42 $0.99
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7. August 7
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8. Eastern Caravan
3:03 $0.99
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9. Like Rocks
4:13 $0.99
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10. Kalamatianos
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11. Trebble Duet Nr 2
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12. Krakus
5:50 $0.99
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13. East West
4:01 $0.99
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14. Bossa for Kitsa
4:14 $0.99
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15. Trebble Duet Nr 3
3:47 $0.99
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16. Summer's End
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Album Notes
LINER NOTES
1.Triton is dedicated to the Greek sea god with the horn. I introduce him with using tritons in the opening theme when he enters.

2.Hasaposerviko is a Greek dance. This one has the flavor of Rebetiko in the first part, and original dance feel in the second part. Hasaposerviko is part of “Rhapsody in Greek”

3.Red Apple starts with a Polish folk song theme and develops into an irregular funky groove and improvisations.

4.334, chromatic and angular 334 is a play on rhythms that make hidden 334 patterns.

5.Trebble Duet Nr.1 was inspired by Bartok, Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman. It includes improvisation on rhythm and eastern modes. It is part 1 of 3 duets.

6. Zeibekiko is a Greek dance with a rhythm pattern in 9/8. We mix it with jazzy rhythm patterns and improvisation in Arabic, Greek and New York flavors. It is part of “Rhapsody in Greek”

7. August 7 was written for my Mother on the day she lost her fight with cancer. It is about her journey on the Greek mythological Styx River, the divide between Earth and the Underworld. Her boat moves through the water and disappears from sight.

8. Eastern Caravan was inspired by the music of the European Gypsies and Argentinian tango.

9. Like Rocks was written for my Mother on the day she lost her fight with cancer. It started as a lyric which evolved over time, as I grieved her loss and came to realization what is truly significant in life. The music follows the melody of the words.

10. Kalamatianos is a Greek dance with a rhythm pattern in 7/8. In the solos we mix it with elements of Arabic, Greek and New York flavors. It is part of “Rhapsody in Greek”

11. Trebble Duet Nr. 2 was inspired by Bartok, Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman. It includes improvisation on rhythm and eastern modes. It is part 2 of 3 duets

12. Krakus is based on themes from Polish mountains - Podhale with added funky, driving bass line. We change moods with solos in different styles: Greek mountain style clarinet solo, contemporary jazz violin solo and arabic violin solo

13. East West inspired by Greek art song masters of the 60s and 70s, Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis, their long melodic phrases and folk dance rhythms, this piece is also an off center, contemporary Zeibekiko dance.

14. Bossa for Kitsa was written for my dear aunt Kitsa on the day I got the news about her accidental passing in Athens, Greece. She was a very lively, energetic, resourceful lady and a fabulous cook. The bossa feel fits her very well.

15. Trebble Duet Nr.3 was inspired by Bartok, Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman. It includes improvisation on rhythm and eastern modes. It is part 3 of 3 duets

16. Summer's End, a closer. Written at the end of hot New York City summer, funky and jazzy, play on rhythms. Fun piece in irregular meter and driving bass lines.

Art and cover design: Witold Popiel
Photo Marta Monko

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