New Compositions from the Eastern Mediterranean Musical Tradition
Christos Barbas: ney, voice
Viktoria Taskou: oud, yayli tanbur, voice
Giorgos Papaioannou: violin, cello, lavta
Pavlos Spyropoulos: contrabass
Neda was created in the spring of 2012.
Christos Barbas, Victoria Taskou, George Papaioannou and Pavlos Spyropoulos are four musicians with a broad experience in the 6ields of Ottoman & traditional modal music as well as Byzantine, Baroque and classical music.
From the contact with these musical worlds comes their urge to merge seemingly diverse timbres into a new personal sound.
Choosing an acoustic and minimal combination of instruments (Oud, Violin, Ney, Voice, Contrabass) they present a series of totally new, original compositions that are both folk and classical, traditional and modern, creating a magical combination of sounds that connects the soundscapes of Greece with Middle Eastern and European traditions.
Taksim (improvisation) is a characteristic element of their live performances. It is used to introduce the diverse atmospheres and energies of each mode (makam), to explore the various melodic motives and ideas their compositions contain, as well as to present the special sound timbres of the instruments.
What is Neda?
Neda is a river in Peloponnese and one of the few rivers in Greece with a female name. In the Greek mythology Neda was the nymph who took care of Zeus when he was taken away from his father, who wanted to slaughter him.
The water and the river are ancient symbols, signifying strength and endurance, but also adaptability and continuous flow. Hence the significance of Neda for the musicians, which carries the power of the female element of water to embrace difference; as it connects and naturally renews all things, it links past and future times into the present moment – where all sounds exist and all music is created.