THE MARCIANS, Traditional Greek Music, ARC Music
We are Greek music fans and as soon as we have listened to the opening bars of this CD, we understood we were arriving in London where ARC Music is located. A very good album of this Greek music that we love so much. The CD’s grace coupled with genealogy laws bring the Marcians – name of the byzantine emperor Marcian (392-457) back to life. The group was born in London’s Greek clubs in the 1960’s around Theo Hambi and Andras Michael both bouzoukists. The group was very successful during a decade and sold millions of records till Andras Michael’s death. And the group has resuscitated today with his son, Theo, Chaz Kkoshi on keyboard proving that music can survive exile. If the Greeks form a large community of immigrants since the nineteenth century, the dictatorship of 1967-1974, will further amplify the movement, bringing them to the shores of London ...
We have therefore been charmed by these songs that bring the Greek good humour like a holiday breeze before summer… However, some of them are quite nostalgic while others are deep, low-pitched. But - is it the peculiar sound of the bouzouki whose strings sound so high like a bird’s song? - Lightness prevails here, even if the lyrics are melancholic: like a lesson in optimism, whatever the circumstances of life ... And God knows that Greece has experienced troubled times, during its rich history...
Extracts for Muzzika May by Nadia Khouri Dagher
Translated into English by Elizabeth Grech