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"Between Rembetiko and Moderne" - 30 miniatures for guitar (artist Klaus Jäckle, composer Stefan Ebertsch)

The german
magazine Akustik-Gitarre wrote (Nov/Oct 2020):
[..] The Nuremberg guitarist and composer has dealt intensively with Greek music and presents "30 moderately difficult miniatures" for guitar, which emancipate themselves from attractive free adaptations of rebetiko towards jazz and co. And ensure partly for new auditory impressions [..] Klaus Jäckle recorded the pieces sensitively for guitar [..]

The Rembetiko came to Greece from Smyrna (Asia Minor) to Greece in the 1920s and peaked there in the 1930s to 1950s. Music, often referred to as Greek blues, is often about drug addiction, prison and a longing for a lost home. Rembetiko's music has influenced numerous composers, above all Mikis Theodorakis, and has contributed to an extraordinary and very lively musical wealth in Greece and beyond.

The miniatures are divided into two parts. In the first part, certain scales of the Rembetiko are varied with the typical odd rhythms. It ends with the more well-known song "Stou Thoma
" from the film Rembetiko (directed by Kostas Ferris, 1983). In the second part, the sound material is further developed in the direction of classic, jazz and modern, with melancholic pieces on guitar must not be missing.

The miniatures were made between 2017 and 2019. Typical bouzouki scales - as the main instrument of Rembetiko - were transcribed for guitar and used as the basis for new compositions.

Klaus Jäckle
has accompanied the project constructively from the beginning and recorded the pieces. Thank you very much for that. Thanks also to Robert Lampis (sound engineering) and Herbert Grambihler (design).

Costs: 16 € (incl. 5 € refugee aid and shipping + postage). Playing time: 54 min

If you are interested in more Rembetiko music, the CD is recommended: Rembetika, Songs of the Greek Underground, double CD from  Trikont Verlag.

Because of its history, the Rembetiko has a current connection to the refugee crisis - the current corona crisis intensifies the suffering of many refugees. With the
sale of a CD, € 5 goes to the AVICENNA Kultur- und Hilfswerk e.V., which provides active help for refugees on the spot, among other things, with school projects in Moria / Greece.

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