FLORINA BRASS BAND
Valkanis /Valkanis /Floridis /Hasapis
/Ioannou /Stoikos /Samaras
Preis / Price : 15.08 €
Bestell-Nr. / P/O No. : ANO KATO Rec. rei 2008
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Lazaros Valkanis
clarinet
Georgios Valkanis
accordion
Floros Floridis
alto sax
Christos Hasapis
cornet
Panagiotis Ioannou
trombone
Pandelis Stoikos
cornet
Athanasios Samaras
drums
 
01.
Hasapiko in D minor
trad., arr. by. G. Valkanis
06:10
02.
Leventikos
trad., arr. by L. Valkanis
03:38
03.
Nyfiatiko
trad., arr. by G. Valkanis
05:10
04.
Gaida
trad., arr. by L. Valkanis
05:20
05.
Sarki
trad., arr. by G. Valkanis, F. Floridis
04:45
06.
Koumbariatiko
trad., arr. by L. Valkanis, F. Floridis
04:52
07.
Tik
trad., arr. by G. Valkanis, P. Ioannou
02:48
08.
Christodoulos
trad., arr. by L. Valkanis
03:45
09.
Lucas
trad., arr. by G. Valkanis
0 2:58
10. Minderia
trad., arr. by G. Valkanis
03:38
11. Tasos´ Hasapiko
trad., arr. by G. & L. Valkanis
05:10
12. Babo´s dance
trad., arr. by G. & L. Valkanis
03:47
13. Syndrofisses
trad., arr. by L. Valkanis, F. Floridis
02:30
14. Palio Tefteri
comp. by L. Valkanis
03:04
15. Pavlos Melas
trad., arr. by G. & L. Valkanis, F. Floridis
04:02
16. Tsanakalis
trad., arr. by L. Valkanis, F. Floridis
0 2:45
17. Tasos´ syrto
comp. by G. & L. Valkanis
04:10
18.
Ande pedya na fygoume
trad., arr. by G. Valkanis, Ch. Hasapis
04:25
 
Total time:  72:33

Recorded in January and February 1996 @ ´Polytropo Studios´, Thessaloniki (Greece)
Recording Engineer: Giannis Tsambazis
Mixed by Giannis Tsambazis and Floros Floridis
Produced by ANO KATO Records/Floros Floridis Production (Greece)
Cover design and artwork: Floros Floridis
Bandphoto: Tasos Anastasopoulos
 
 

Brass instruments reached the Balkan countries through the military bands of the 19th century. It wasn´t too long before they filtered through to the towns and then on to the countryside. The brass band craze spread all over the Balkans and created a new sensation in Balkan traditional music almost instantaneously. For the first time in history the bands used exclusively Western instruments - the very same instruments that would be used by a brass band in, say, New Orleans, but what they played was a particularly fiery brand of their own countries´ traditional music, down to the same scales and odd time signatures that characterize the music of all the Balkan countries. In Greece brass bands form an integral part of the musical tradition of Western and Central Macedonia.
 
For over thirty years FLORINA BRASS BAND has been one of the main exponents of this important and sadly so far neglected part of local musical tradition.
 
FLORINA BRASS BAND was formed in 1960 by Tasos Valkanis, the leader of the Florina Town Brass Band and also a folk musician. Occasionally they collaborated with musicians such as Chimerini Kolimvites or Floros Floridis. Based in the small North-Western Greek town of Florina, they performed a thousands of times: from tiny villages and towns in Macedonia to the InterBalkan Festival in Thessaloniki and festivals in France. Their sound and the dance tunes they play are unique in Greek traditional music and can mainly be found in the Western part of Macedonia.
 
Tasos Valkanis has passed away, but the spirit of the band carries on through his sons Lazaros and Georgios. The members of the band today are Lazaros Valkanis on clarinet, Georgios Valkanis on accordion, Floros Floridis on alto sax, Christos Hasapis on cornet, Panagiotis Ioannou on trombone, Pandelis Stoikos on cornet and Athanasios Samaras on drums.

ANO KATO RECORDS is proud to present their first recording. Floros Floridis was in charge of the production and has managed to bring forth the features that make their sound really unforgettable.

Production note
 


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