Catalogue : Mississippi / MRI119
Format : LP, Vinyl
Condition : New
Country : US
Released : 2019
Genre : World, Greek

Violinist Alexis Zoumbas emigrated from the mountains of northern Greece to NYC in the 1910s, where he recorded with the great Marika Papagika before cutting his own instrumental sessions with small string ensembles. Zoumbas had the rare gift of expressing emotion clearly and urgently through his instrument, and his violin feels like an extension of his heart, soul, and the deep musical history of his faraway home in Epirus. His music carries the feeling of Xenitia, a Greek word that roughly translates to "a catastrophic longing for home." This mournful sound made him popular among homesick Greeks in early 20th-century America, and speaks to anyone who has felt that loss.
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