In a gramophone shop in Istanbul, renowned record collector Christopher C. King uncovered some of the strangest--and most hypnotic--sounds he had ever heard. The 78s were immensely moving, seeming to tap into a primal well of emotion inaccessible through contemporary music. The songs, King learned, were from Epirus, an area straddling southern Albania and northwestern Greece and boasting a folk tradition extending back to the pre-Homeric era. To hear this music is to hear the past. Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which traces a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. As King hunts for two long-lost virtuosos--one of whom may have committed a murder--he also tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and their descendants who continue the tradition today. King discovers clues to his most profound questions about the function of music in the history of humanity: What is the relationship between music and language? Why do we organize sound as music? Is music superfluous, a mere form of entertainment, or could it be a tool for survival? King's journey becomes an investigation into song and dance's role as a means of spiritual healing--and what that may reveal about music's evolutionary origins.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018 - Publisher: W. W. Norton
In a gramophone shop in Istanbul, renowned record collector Christopher C. King uncovered some of the strangest--and most hypnotic--sounds he had ever heard. The 78s were immensely moving, seeming to tap into a primal well of emotion inaccessible through contemporary music. The songs, King learned, were from Epirus, an area
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05-29 - Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2018 In the tradition of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Geoff Dyer, a Grammy-winning producer discovers a powerful and ancient folk music tradition. In a gramophone shop in Istanbul, renowned record collector Christopher C. King uncovered some of the strangest—and most hypnotic—sounds he had
Authors: Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond, Kate Armstrong, Stuart Butler, Peter Dragicevich, Trent Holden, Anna Kaminski, Vesna Maric, Kate Morgan, Zora O'Neill, Leonid Ragozin, Kevin Raub, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Andy Symington, Hugh McNaughtan, Isabella Noble, Greg Ward
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-03-01 - Publisher: Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet's Greece is your most up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience the Acropolis of Athens, get lost in Rhodes and watch the sun set in Santorini- all with your trusted travel companion.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-25 - Publisher: Random House
'Wondering and wonderful. The nature book of the year.' JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL ______________________________ Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to intoxicating song, as Sam Lee tells the story of the nightingale. Every year, as darkness falls upon woodlands, the nightingale heralds the arrival of Spring. For thousands
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-29 - Publisher: Princeton University Press
In this collection leading anthropologists provide a comprehensive yet highly nuanced view of what it means to be a Greek man or woman, married or unmarried, functioning within a complex society based on kinship ties. Exploring the ways in which sexual identity is constructed, these authors discuss, for example, how