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Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides: Rembetika

Wed 16 November 2011 // 20:00

+ Family Elan
+ screening of 'Varosha'

(Wed 16 Nov / 8pm / £6 advance)

Open your ears for a night on which traditional worldly folk forms get imaginatively retouched for the now, by players with the wisdom and the chops to keep their expressive magic intact: Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides explore and honour the deep-cut melancholy of Greek rembetika music, while The Family Elan play ravishing world-trad-psych with a Northern English heart. Music of the old world reframed the right way, all love and precious little sentiment. The evening opens with a screening of Yannis Kyriakides's haunting text/sound film 'Varosha'.

Andy Moor (guitar) & Yannis Kyriakides (electronics) lovingly pick apart their favourite rembetika music at the seams, in an unusual and original take on the so called “blues” music of the Greek diaspora of the early 20th century. Known for his more frenzied axe work with The Ex, here Moor’s guitar adopts a lilting Balkan folk chime, finding a perfect sonic foil in Kyriakides, who delicately recasts seeds of the original music across Moor’s fertile groundwork. The result is by turns tender, soulful and sonically arresting.

The Family Elan is the vehicle of Chris Hladowski, who has collaborated extensively with A Hawk and A Hacksaw, as well as playing with such groups as Nalle, The One Ensemble of Daniel Padden, and Scatter. Based in Bradford, with an ever changing line-up, the current incarnation of FE features Harry Wheeler on bass and Mark Hearne on percussion, alongside Hladowski’s electrified bouzouki and Turkish baglama, being a conduit for the psych sounds you only ever heard on record before.

Drawing on international folk forms, fused through original song-smithery, The Family Elan continue to quietly carve a niche for themselves as one of the most forward thinking groups on the fringes of both the “world music” and “DIY” scenes in the UK.

'Varosha' is an evocative short by Yannis Kyriakides about the tourist suburb of Famagusta in Northern Cyprus, which was totally abandoned when the country split in 1974. Text culled from archival journalistic reports plus a soundtrack ranging from brooding electronics to 70's Cypriot pop hits captures the eerie, post-apocalyptic atmosphere of this ghost town.

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