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Aura – Katarina Papadopoulou

Aura, the new cd by Katerina Papadopoulou and her musical partners (Stefanos Dorbarakis – kanun , Giorgos Kontogiannis – lyra, and Kyriakos Tapakis – oud), is an album that breathes the saltiness of the Greek archipelago, its history, dimly lit like the flicker of a candle, but also captivating like the tales of the Greek writer Papadiamantis.

Aura – The cd

This is the continuation of a musical journey by Katerina Papadopoulou, which increasingly justifies her, and opens artistic paths not only for herself but also for her fellow travelers. ‘Aura’ is a series of songs from the Aegean Sea that, while heard before, are rarely interpreted in this way. Here, Papadopoulou not only converses with the musicians but also with her soul. You can hear it in the breaths of her singing, in the emotional burden she accepts and expresses sincerely and nobly. These songs, delivered in this way, evoke deep emotions and also embody a rare aesthetic. The contribution of Giorgos Kariotis, Christos Achladiotis (sound engineering), and Efrén Lopez, a gifted musician and sound technician who handled the mastering, is not accidental. The three of them have created a sonic landscape that highlights the songs and the musical performance, which is not hurried but calm (‘Dísticha tis thálassas,’ ‘Bratsera,’ ‘Méra Mérose,‘ ‘Pernodiaveno‘), simple but full, tumultuous and powerful when expressing Dionysian energy (‘Mia Kóri apó tin Ámorgo‘). Perhaps the most intense element is the beauty, gentleness, and dynamics of the silence that is allowed by the pauses in a complete musical phrase to hover without arrogance. Katerina Papadopoulou notes about the album, “My companions, for yet another time, are Stefanos Dorbarakis, Giorgos Kontogiannis and Kyriakos Tapakis. Each of them is unique and absolutely irreplaceable for the overall distinctive sound, but mainly for the energy balance throughout our whole endeavour, from the first rehearsals, the voyage, the cohabitation, the performance, to the completion and the mutual support at all levels. Together, in a fraternal partnership, Chariton Charitonidis, who gave a touch of intensity as well as a dancing dimension to the “Crab”. The magic touch of sound always belongs to George Kariotis, with Christos Achladiotis’s vital contribution, both traveling with us to record in the remote island of Karpathos for yet another time. Efrén Lopez, whom we particularly respect, did the final mastering, adding a further shine to the final result.” Sotiris Bekas (folkradio.gr)

The band

Katerina Papadopoulou: voice, song selection Stefanos Dorbarakis: kanun, vocals Kyriakos Tapakis: oud, laud Giorgos Kontogiannis: lyra Click here for a full biography.

Dutch & Flemish reviews

“Liederen uit de Egeïsche Zee die nooit tijdlozer en mooier hebben geklonken als hier. Een machtig mooi album. ” (Moorsmagazine.com)

“De ruwe edelstenen die zangeres Katerina Papadopoulou en haar begeleiders hebben opgediept uit de Griekse traditie, worden hier opgediend als zorgvuldig geslepen en gepolijste juwelen.” (Mixed World Music

“De zang en vooral de manier van voordragen, inclusief stiltes en adempauzes, maken van een optreden van Papadopoulos iets heel bijzonders; ze legt haar ziel bloot, investeert werkelijk elke zweem energie die ze in zich heeft en creëert op die manier een heel bijzondere sfeer.” (Roots Time)

Aura is een Griekse oase van secuur uitgekozen repertoire, vakkundig gearrangeerd, bevlogen uitgevoerd en met liefde en hartstocht gezongen. ” (Musicframes.nl)

International reviews

“Katerina Papadopoulou ist schon länger für die bemerkenswert fesselnde Darbietung von traditionellem griechischem Liedgut bekannt. Sie ist auch eine der wenigen Künstlerinnen in Griechenland, die die alten Meister dieses reichen musikalischen Erbes entsprechend würdigen.” (Concerto **** – A)

“Ausschliesslich traditionelle Lieder der Regio in authentischer Instrumentierung mit eindringlicher Stimme erwecken sie das Liedgut zum neuem Leben” (Ohrenschmauch – D)