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Vasilaraps - "Four Kaminetti for Guitar Duet" LP

Regular price $21.00

(Ramble Records)

Australian import, limited edition black vinyl. 

"Imagine Django Reinhardt was born in Greece, and occasionally collaborated with his good friend, Derek Bailey...?! " - A Jazz Noise, September 29, 2021.

"Four Kaminetti for Guitar Duet" is a partnership between two young Greek guitarists Giannis Arapis and Themis Vasiliou.

All rights of the musicology and biological research belong to musicologist Sergei Kapiliev.

Vasilaraps (1905, Syros - ?)

Vasilaraps was a Greek composer of Ethiopian origin. He was an innovator composer of an unprecedented musical style, combining elements of the Greek rebetiko with atonality and 12note technique.
Born in 10 of May, 1905 in the suburb Skali (Ano Chora, Syros) with royal roots of the Aksumite kingdom, hence his name.

In 1920, he moved to Athens where he got involved with the hangouts of rebetiko music. Soon, he became a virtuoso of the greek folk guitar, but without recording any of his music.

In 1935 he decided to study composition near the famous Dmitri Shostakovich in Moscow, where he settled for the rest of his life (as we can guess). From that moment he changed radically and got fully integrated into the artistic circles of the country and more generally in the local way of life.

However, few years later, after he had composed several works (most of them for guitar ensembles) he got suffered from depression and due to this hard situation, he walked away from the musical foreground. From this point onwards we have zero information about the rest of his life and activities. Probably, he ‘s not even alive for years now.

A serious musicologic research lights on some authentic manuscripts, scores and rare recordings in reel and cylinder. A basic source comes from the grand daughter of an old friend of his.

We thought, it will be unthinkable not to perform these works for guitar and finally, we got together and recorded those» as Giannis and Themis, characteristically state.

His work allows us to designate it in two significant periods of his style : The first one which is thearly period and the second one which follows the late period of his work.

In his 1st period (1935-1953) we find works with intense Greek folk and traditional idiomas in a extremely skilled mix with the style of the Russian contemporary music.

In his 2nd period we recognize a turn into atonality and 12note technique without the characteristics of rebetiko missing (rebetiko accompanies the musical nature of the composer, as much as we know) is probable, that the turn into atonality congruent with the gradual de-stalinization in Russia, without failing to mention that the composer faced the fear of censorship in the past.

Unfortunately, his entire work is still under investigation by the musicologist Sergei Kapiliev (1984 - ). The works you ‘re about to listen are brilliant samples of this musical research :Laiki (public market), op.32 SK11 (first period), Dentro (a tree), op.79 SK12 (second period) Gries (grannies), op.25 SK05 (f.p.), Siviriko (siberian), op. 102 SK15 (s.p.)