mikhail

Xenofonia

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digipack CD + poster booklet

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SR338
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10,00€

The sound universe of Xenofonia has operatic dimensions and continues Mikhail's exploration of the musical fault-line between middle-eastern and western sound.

Commenting on his intentions behind the album, Mikhail explains that "until a century ago, all Greek music was folk music with irregular scales and no polyphony. Greece's lengthy enslavement meant that Western musical and cultural developments of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras left the country virtually untouched. I wanted Xenofonia to be about finding a contemporary Greek voice which wakes up to the 'alien' sounds of European instruments; a voice which is at times angry, and split between the West and the East, the past and the present". Citing Rembetika, Xenakis and J. P. Rameau's dramatic works as inspirations, on this album Mikhail's vocals are coloured by his Anatolian heritage and meet electronica, avant-garde and baroque music.

Xenofonia combines choir, harpsichord, percussion, glitch and environmental recordings. Migrating bird-calls and human voices play a central role heard a cappella or accompanied. Singing often ventures beyond the limits of language. The formidable choral force of ex-miners Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir, the intimate voice of Matthias Grübel from German duo Phonºnoir, British vocal trio Juice Vocal Ensemble, and background vocals by Elaine Mitchener and Jade Pybus are heard in Mikhail's compositions alongside his wide vocal range of operatic falsetto, bass-baritone, raw shrieks and growls.

Following the first world-wide release of his music on a remix album by Björk in 2005, Greek-born and London-based Mikhail Karikis has been drawing an independent path as a performer, musician and a politically engaged visual artist. Coined by critics a 'sonic alchemist' (Le Monde), Mikhail released his debut album Orphica (2007), followed by his interdisciplinary Qwartz-award nominated Morphica (2009); he has exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Barbican, performed at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Tate, collaborated with international visual artists and dance companies, and remixed for various labels including G. Prokofiev's Nonclassical. Working across different art forms, Mikhail searches for new modes of expression and his third album Xenofonia is no exception.

FEATURES

MATTHIAS GRÜBEL (PHON°NOIR)
SNOWDOWN COLLIERY MALE VOICE CHOIR (EX-MINERS)
JUICE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
ELAINE MITCHENER
JADE PYBUS

TRACK LISTING CD 12 TRACKS

01 Ghosts
02 Cerberus
03 Friend
04 Deserter (zeimbekiko)
05 Future
06 Soul
07 Sounds from beneath
08 Streptocock
09 Lullographer
10 Orpheas
11 Technoprayer
12 Fos

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