Leigh Cline & Nikolas Michailidis | Al Asha Bi Daha -Traditional Songs of the Eastern Black Sea

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Al Asha Bi Daha -Traditional Songs of the Eastern Black Sea

by Leigh Cline & Nikolas Michailidis

An album of traditional, archaic Greek & Turkish Eastern Black Sea fiddle music with guitar, musically related to the Celtic family, from the land of Colchis where Jason and the Argonauts secured the Golden Fleece. The fiddle is called lyra or kemenche.
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1. Enan Astren Ekseven
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2. I Mana Kai O Kiris An Ki Thelne Se - Tepeler Tepeler
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3. Ti Il To Kastron
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4. Giresun Karshilamasi
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5. O Prosopos Trantafillon
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6. O Pitikon - Chayelinden Oteyi
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7. Sarikiz - Hopadan Arhavidan
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8. To Korits Nt'Egapana - Nerelisun Nereli
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9. Poion Rashin Krataei Vreshin
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10. As'Oksokh Fanairoutai I Foutsani Ta 'Spalon
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11. Me To Na Eimai Orfanos
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12. Ta Nikhtas Ontas Tragodo Afka So Parathiris
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13. Tromakhton Tonya
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14. Tsambasin
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15. Serra
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16. Fisera Trapezountas
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Traditional Songs from the Eastern Black Sea
Scimitar SRD 0601


"a technically sensitive recording of the vocals and fiddle that has rarely been bettered and the result is a delightful, refreshing CD of Black Sea music"

Chris Williams
Froots December 2006

This is an album of traditional music of the Eastern Black Sea region of present day Turkey bordering Georgia – the area adjacent to ancient Colchis, the land from where Jason and the Argonauts secured the Golden Fleece and returned to Greece with Medea, princess of Colchis.

This archaic music has as its main instrument an upright 3-stringed fiddle called kemenche or lyra. Al Asha Bi Daha is a collection of traditional songs and dances, played on this fiddle, guitar and double-headed drum called davul, with vocals in both Pontic Greek (ancient Greeks called the Black Sea Pontos Euxinos) and Black Sea Turkish.

Al Asha Bi Daha is a dance call in the local dialect meaning “kneel one more time”.

Also available as an iTunes download. In Greece it is available from Iris Music/Kyriakidis, Thessaloniki.

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For more information and background on this type of music, please visit:
The Pontic Music Home Page www.scimitarmusic.com/pontos

Leigh Cline - Guitar
Nikolas Michailidis - Pontic lyra, vocals, davul

Produced by Leigh Cline
Recorded at Canterbury Music, Toronto, Canada
David Travers Smith - engineer
Mixed at Canterbury Music, Toronto, Canada
Jeremy Darby - engineer
Mastered at Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto, Canada
Brett Zilahi - engineer

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LEIGH CLINE is a Canadian guitarist who has worked in Greece and Turkey with major singers and musicians in many genres. He has played extensively with most of the well known performers of Pontic/Black Sea music, including the legendary masters of kemenche Kostikas Tsakalidis and Gogos Petridis; Chrysanthos, the finest exponent of Pontic singing; as well as with most other major Pontic musicians and singers such as Stathis Nikolaidis, Mihalis Kaliontzidis, Yorgos Amarantidis, Panagiotis Aslanidis and Thanasis Tsoleridis.

Leigh’s internationally licensed solo CD, Orient Express, has been released in Turkey and the Middle East, India and South Asia, Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Leigh’s recently released CD single Galatia, that combines Celtic and Pontic music is receiving airplay worldwide and he is researching material for a radio/ television documentary on Celtic/Pontic connections.

Before moving to Europe he was a performer in the North American folk scene throughout Canada and the United States. He has researched World Music for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the World Crafts Council and the Mariposa Folk Festival. He was audio designer for the National Ballet of Canada’s ballet Kraan Erg by Yannis Xenakis.

Leigh is webmaster of the Pontic Music homepage at http://www.scimitarmusic.com/pontos

A full bio is available at http://www.leighcline.com

NIKOLAS NICHAILIDIS, lyra, davul and vocals, was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, of Pontic Greek ancestry. He has been playing the kemenche/lyra since the age of 10. He has performed in many festivals in Europe, the Ukraine and U.S.

Nikolas founded the music group IASON (Jason) in Greece, composed of Black Sea musicians from Greece and Turkey. As well, he produced and played on the CD Horon ke Tragodia in Turkey released by Kocer Music.

His research and collection of songs among the Greek-speaking Muslims of Turkey's Black Sea region led to the production of a collective CD titled IASON, Songs from Black Sea (Minos EMI, Greece) with Filippos Kesapidis (kemenche) and Alexis Parharidis (vocals). He is currently in the process of founding a Pontic Music Archive for Greece and Turkey. He has also recorded a CD of Pontic songs called Romaika Tragodis on the Iris label with Adem Beskoylu and Filippos Kesapidis



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David Rigan

Pontic Music Simply the Best There Is
I was first introduced to Pontic music over 30 years ago and it has been my favorite music ever since. This recording is the best of its kind that I have ever heard. After I heard a two second clip on this website I shut it off and bought the CD because I knew it was authentic. I ordered two copies because I knew I would give it as a present and will probably buy more. The entire CD was just as I knew it would be. That kind of authenticity is no accident. It comes only from a lifetime of participating in the music itself. I own probably 3,000 CDs and vinyl recordings. If this is not the best, it is close to it. There is a website that shows videos of the music and dances of the Black Sea by doing a Google search for Pontic music.

peter tonis

A good mix of songs although I feel that some have stronger modern Greek music influences which took away a little from the authenticity of the sounds. Otherwise a nice CD !