Tev Stevig | Jeni Jol: Music of the Balkans, Greece and Turkey

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Jeni Jol: Music of the Balkans, Greece and Turkey

by Tev Stevig

Music from the Balkans and the Near East reinterpreted through old time American folk music and performed on solo fretless and fretted guitar, played clawhammer style.
Genre: World: Balkan
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cherambe
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2. Ruchinitsa
2:51 $0.99
3. Leo in the Morning
2:48 $0.99
4. Ey Zahit Şaraba Eyle Ihtiram
3:53 $0.99
5. Ağır Halay (Saza Niye Gelmedin)
4:10 $0.99
6. Ah Edip Çırpınan
4:48 $0.99
7. Ramo Ramo
3:45 $0.99
8. Bir Ah Çektim
3:37 $0.99
9. Kalaidzijsko Oro
2:22 $0.99
10. Dersim Dört Dağ Içinde
3:30 $0.99
11. Dinner At the Meades'
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12. Cuperlika
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Album Notes
"...one of the world’s most brilliantly individualistic guitarists....his clawhammer picking adds precision, often achieving an absolutely hypnotic fluidity....count this as one of the best albums in a year..." –New York Music Daily

"Stevig manages to fuse tradition with spontaneity with discipline...that some of the sounds are emerging from normal guitars is at times hard to credit...a compendium of serious superior musicianship unbound by any particular approach but composed of a blend of the higher reaches of many." –Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

"Stevig is playing this music seriously, and in the process making some valid connections between disparate musical cultures."–Gary Whitehouse, Sleeping Hedgehog

"...you'll be pretty amazed at what Stevig can pull off here....a tasty set throughout, guitar fans are just going to love this. Well done."–Midwest Record

Jeni Jol ("New Path" in Macedonian) is the brainchild of Tev Stevig, who has been exploring the potential of playing the fretless nylon string guitar in the clawhammer style. Clawhammer, or frailing, is typically associated with old time American folk music played on the banjo, but Tev has been using this uniquely American playing style on the fretless guitar to arrive at new arrangements of his favorite tunes from the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, as well as some original material. There is a certain simplicity to the clawhammer style, that when combined with the intriguing dance rhythms of the Balkans, brings a dance-like rhythmic drive to the music. While clawhammer is quite common amongst banjo players, there is only a very small community of guitarists utilizing this style, most apply it to the performance of old time American folk or Celtic music. By combining Balkan, Middle Eastern and American traditions in this way, Tev hopes to create a new folk music that is both listenable and danceable, while paying deep respect to all of his cultural and musical influences.

Jeni Jol: Music of the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey features eight of Tev's arrangements and four originals, all in the clawhammer style on solo fretless nylon string guitar, fretted steel string guitar, with one track on gourd banjo.

"It would be hard to find a more fitting title for this album than Jeni Jol. The term (pronounced "Yeni Yol") means "the new path" and also refers to a Macedonian line dance of Roma origin. In these 12 tracks we hear the music of the Balkan region rendered in an astonishingly unique fashion, and executed without a hint of gimmickry. Tev has immersed himself in the music of Turkey, Greece and the Balkans for the past 12 years. He has studied the traditional musical structures and instruments of these lands and internalized the subtle rhythmic nuances that the dancers demand. He is also a master of clawhammer, a technique of African origins that is often used on the banjo in American folk music, but rarely used on the guitar. In this album he brings these distant worlds together, united and transformed on solo clawhammer guitar. This truly is a New Path."

Steve Baughman, May 2013



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Volkan Efe

Journey to Anatolia
..the sounds in Tev's album are taking me back to the never ending roads of Anatolia through an absolutely "New Path".
I also feel so privileged to play in different settings with such a great musician...