FolkWorld #75 07/2021
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Odradek Records presents SISYPHUS by Sofia Labropoulou.

Sofia Labropoulou

Greek musician Sofia Labropoulou is a kanun player and composer who has developed a unique sound by merging the worlds of Greek and Mediterranean folk, classical Ottoman, Western medieval, experimental and contemporary music. Sofia Labropoulou made her Odradek World debut with Butterfly, an exquisite collaboration with guitarist Vassilis Ketentzoglou. In Sisyphus, Sofia Labropoulou returns to Odradek World with a sumptuous collection of her own compositions, inspired by an eclectic range of sources and featuring a rich ensemble including vocals, kanun, shepherd’s flute, oud, santur, the kemençe from Istanbul, and Western instruments such as clarinet, violin, cello and double bass.

Sofia Labropoulou

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The works featured on Sisyphus take inspiration and poetic source material from a diverse array of eras and geographical locations, including The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus, Greek mythology and folk styles, Turkish and Arabic music, and two songs by the Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen. The result is unique and distinctive, but with an overarching sense of unity achieved through Sofia Labropoulou’s powerful musical personality.

And as Sofia relates it in her Epilogue in the album booklet:

“Demolition is a stance and an attitude.
Like a kind of death, it symbolises the ending and the (re-) birth of each new beginning, not
in the sense of the cry of “Viva la muerte!” by the soldiers of some Franco, but in the sense
used in the Camusian fall of Sisyphus, who mocks and resents the gods and becomes
immortal by rejecting the immortality they offer.
In order to win, you have to lose
And in order to lose, you must first have…
It is the way we have been made to believe that what was once self-evident is now absurd
It is about “Living, not surviving”
It is the ultimate proof of the love for life
For the good days and the bad
And especially for the days that we believe we've got it made.”

Photo Credits: (1) Sofia Labropoulou SISYPHUS (by Odradek Records); (2) Sofia Labropoulou (by Daniel Vegel).

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