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Artist: Jim Stoynoff
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Possibly one of the most talented Greek/Macedonian clarintists playing today, Jim Dimitri Stoynoff produced this recording of Greek music as a fund raiser for Greek orphangaes.

Return To Our Roots is dedicated to the re-introduction and preservation of Greek Folk Dances and Melodies performed in the Solo Klarino (solo clarinet) style typical of early 20th century recording. Since that time we have witnessed an unfortunate departure from the traditionally pure folk genre as foreign musical elements were adapted, in part for commercial reasons. Additionally advances in recording technology have resulted in the virtual extinction of 78rpm records. As a result, future generations are being deprived of the opportunity to enjoy first-hand the performing styles of great Greek folk clarinet virtuosi from the 1920s and 1930s. Our desire to reverse this situation became the inspiration and motivation to undertake this project. For the recording, I was fortunate to obtain and perform on the antique clarinet used in several of the original 78 rpm discs by the great Kostas Karagiannis (1887-1957). Similarly, melodic accompaniment was also provided by John Roussos who performs brillantly on another vintage instrument, a santouri builit in Smyrna, Asia Minor circa 1895. In all selections, you will hear a strict adherence to unadulterated melodic line and traditional embellishment of percussive elements, designed to enhance the natural energy of this music a music reminiscent of the joys, sorrows, and nostalgia for the homeland experienced by early Greek immigrants to America. And to all who hear this work, especially future generations. ENJOY!

Track Listings: 1. Spasta Kale Mario/To Kofto (Syrto),2. Ta Merakia Tou Karakosta (Tsamiko),3. Mandili Kalamatiano (Kalamatiano),4. Saranda Palikaria (Tsamiko),5. Karagouniko (Syrto),6. To Argitiko (Kalamatiano),7. Kato Sta Dasia Platania (Kathisto), 8. Patinada Tou Gamou (Syrto),9. Sta Salona (Tsamiko),10. Perasa Apo Tin Porta Sou (Kangeli),11. Pios Ehi Dio Agapitikes (Tsamiko),12. To Gaitanaki (Kalamatiano),13. Solo Santouri (Improvisation),14. Skopos Tis Avgis (Skopos),

Musicians: Jim Dimitri Stoyanoff, Clarinet John Roussos, Santouri Bill Demitropoulos, Acoustic Guitar/ Electric Bass Pete Mestousis, Percussion
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