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Savina Yannatou returns to Rialto World Music Festival, together with Primavera en Salonico to present their latest album Songs of Thessaloniki. The album is a dazzling evocation of her band’s hometown, plunging deep into its rich and complex history.
Known as ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’, Thessaloniki has been a welcoming home to a range of cultures, religions and ethnic groups. Greeks, Jews, Turks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Armenians, Slavic Macedonians and Greeks of the Black Sea have shared the diverse life of the city. This tradition of tolerance and mutual understanding is reflected in Songs of Thessaloniki.
Savina Yannatou gives voice to all of these cultures, in a multilingual repertoire, in which her performance lights up the myths of the city. Primavera en Salonico are some of the most inventive bands, as it performs the inspired musical arrangements of Kostas Vomvolos.
Beneath the particular sounds of the group lies each musician’s unique personality. A group with intense temperament, Primavera En Salonico is made up of musicians who have been working together for more than 20 years. Primavera en Salonico, was founded in 1993 to perform the musical arrangements of Kostas Vomvolos in a selection of Sefaraditika songs, with Savina as the lead singer.
The musical bonds between many of the band members go far back at the beginning of the 1980s. Working closely together, they have been playing traditional music and experimental arrangements while their wide range of experiences opens up new perspectives in the interpretation of these songs.
Savina Yannatou: vocals
Yiannis Alexandris: ud, guitar
Kostas Vomvolos: kanonaki, accordeon
Charis Lambrakis: ney
Michalis Siganides: bass
Kostas Theodorou: percussions