Xenofonia

by Mikhail Karikis

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Released in 2012

Performer by
Mikail
Matthias Trubel (PHON°NOIR)
Snowdown Colliery Male Choir (Ex-Miners)
Amy Cunningham
Elaine Mitchener
Jade Pybus
Juice Vocal Ensemble

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.

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released January 10, 2017

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.

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Record and production company managed by Guy Marc Hinant and Fred Walheer - releasing records in Electronics/ Experimental/ Unclassical/ Drone/ Noise/ Concrete/ Spoken Words/ Rare recordings/ Rituals genres.

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