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Kairos Collective | Európe

Introduction

Európe, my second album, is a homage to a continent and three of its inhabitants. To Europe because it is such a great place, where travelling a thousand kilometres in any direction will bring you into another world. Where West and East meet and blend and beautiful things happen. To my father Albert van der Meulen (1940), who thoroughly infused me with music from the Balkans, the closest he could get in Europe to his own oriental roots. To ethnomusicologist and musician Wouter Swets (19302016), who introduced music from the Balkans and the Middle East to Dutch audiences and educated two generations of musicians in these styles. To master musician and composer Ross Daly (1952), with whom I study modal composition, who showed me the modal fabric of the music I was born with but not born into, and helped me find my musical voice.

Michiel van der Meulen
Bunnik, March 2019

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Album information

Tracks / total playing time 58:18

  1. Hebros / Hüseynî karşılama
  2. Diaspora / Isfahân-Kürdî peşrev
  3. Dali znaeš pomniš Li / Κürdîli Hicâzkar Rumeli şarkı
  4. Nihâvend taksim / Improvisation on the cello
  5. Barbanera / Nihâvend evfer
  6. Hüseynî taksim / Improvisation on the oud
  7. Endülüs / Hüseynî-Aşîran yürük semâî
  8. Kairos / Stankina
  9. Manastırka / Poustséno / Pušteno
  10. Isfahân-Kürdî taksim / Improvisation on the violin
  11. Yol / Isfahân-Kürdî saz semâî
  12. Trandafirul rău tînjeşte / Doină

Genre

Contemporary modal music.

Liner notes

Read all about the album, tracks, and sources of inspiration.

Credits

Musicians
Michiel van der Meulen – composition, arrangements, Macedonian tambura [1, 8, 9]
Harris Lambrakisney
Giorgos Papaioannou – violin
Nikos Papaioannou – cello
Manolis Kanakakis – kanun

Taxiarchis Georgoulis – oud
Marijia Katsouna – bendir [1-3, 8, 11], pandeiro [5, 9], tombak [7]

Special guests
Roel Sluis – vocals [3]
Vagelis Karipis – rek [11]
Albert van der Meulen – accordion [12]

Tracks
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11 have been composed by Michiel van der Meulen. Track 3 is an arrangement of a traditional North-Macedonian song by Wouter Swets and Michiel van der Meulen. Tracks 4, 6 and 10 are improvisations. Track 12 is variation on a traditional Romanian song by Albert van der Meulen. Tracks 1-11 have been recorded by Nikos Kollias at Antart Studios (Athens, Greece) on January 8-11, 2019. Track 12 is a home recording made by Remco Busink (Nieuwegein, Netherlands) in the 1980s. The album was mixed and mastered by Vangelis Apostolou (Studio Vasmaris).

Album
Production, artwork and liner notesMichiel van der Meulen

Acknowledgements
Many thanks are due to: Ross Daly and Labyrinth Musical Workshop for guidance and inspiration • The musicians and studio staff for the great time we spent and the great job they did • Cengiz Arsanpay, Christos Barbas, Dominy Clements, Nikos Kokolakis, Dimitris  Papageorgiou, Vassilis Phillipou, Magnus Robb, Goran Stalevski, Dorothy Strakari, Kelly Thoma, Sergios Voulgaris and Jan Wollring for advice and comments • Remco Busink for the recording of [12] • The Papaioannou family for their great hospitality during the recording sessions • Martine van der Meulen for love and understanding – this album is for you.

TouMilou Records #3 / EAN 8714835130574
© 2019 M.J. van der Meulen/TouMilou

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Európe album art (1000 x 1000 px jpg)

Album art (1000 x 1000 px  jpg)

Európe, scores (Michiel van der Meulen, 2019)

Scores (pdf)

About the album artwork
In Greek mythology, Európe was a Phoenician princess who caught the eye of Zeus while she was playing at the beach. He transformed himself into a tame bull in order to escape the attention of his wife Hera and disguise himself for Európe. Európe caressed the bull en eventually got onto his back. He then took her into the sea and swam all the way to Crete. Upon arrival, Zeus made himself known to Európe and seduced her, after which she had three children: Minos (the later king), Rhadamantus and Sarpedon. The album artwork and score book feature the paintings ‘The Abduction of Europe’ (1910) by Valentin Serov (18651911), and the lithography ‘Europa’ (1953) by Hans Erni (19092015), respectively. Erni’s painting is copyright-protected and has been reproduced with permission from the rightholders.

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