By Yvan Amar (translated from French)
Past Presented! This title alone describes the tone: A beautiful music of today, which juggles with the
fragmentations of the past, referring to the echoes of different worlds, the Eastern Mediterranean, Ottoman
spirituality, American urgency ... A type of jazz which is flavoured with oriental melodies combined with the pulse of
swing. Each piece sends us from one thrill to the next!
Apostolos Sideris is Greek, born in Athens, where 'Past Presented' was recorded. The popular music of his
country is steeped in Turkish and Arab influences: the languid voices which make the pitches quiver, the memory
of the rebetiko of the slums of the port. .. all this was passed into the ears of the young man, whose family came
from Egypt, from cosmopolitan Alexandria, something that made him very anchored in this oriental mixture.
But he is at the same time a man of his time: after having played the flute, he switched to bass, playing rock with
friends, while listening to Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, then Jaco Pastorius and the jazz that lies behind it. He
began to work seriously, and was admitted to the famous Berklee School in Boston. The double bass had now
become his main instrument and he learned the trade in the city's clubs. Four years later, Apostolos moved to
New York! He completed his bass studies with virtuoso John Patitucci, played regularly in Greek clubs in Queens,
and got involved in the Latin jazz and Brazilian music scenes. And there he became in demand by the big names:
drummer Clarence Penn, guitarist Lionel Loueke ... He eventually left America to settle on the dividing line
between Europe and Asia: here he found himself in Istanbul! He co-founded the group Mesel, experimented with
the interaction between oriental traditions and contemporary jazz and recorded Summation. But our man is not
sedentary: goodbye Istanbul, hello Paris! This is where he presents Past Presented.
On Past Presented, there are 12 fairly new pieces for musicians who had played them very little before recording
them. "I like it better for a recording," Apostolos says. "They are still fresh! »
Six main musicians: around the leader on bass (who sometimes sings), Leo Genovese's piano, Andrea Romani's
ney, Giannis Poulios' violin, Dimitris Klonis on drums and Sakir Ozan Uygan on percussion. Guests include singer
Rau/a Tsernou, Taxiarhis Georou/is on oud and Tasos Pou/ios on qanoun.
'Semar for the New Old World' is a true declaration of intent: Serna"! is a traditional Ottoman structure. The theme
is developed by the double bass, very full, but immersed in the group: there is no intention of making it the star of
the recording, without even amplifying it: the sound is totally natural, and we feel the texture of the strings! The
ney and the violin take up the melodic line in unison, drawing a captivating soundscape, and then the choruses
follow one another.
Encounter' begins with a bowed bass line 'on which everyone settles: the violin paces through untampered scales,
followed by the lace of the oud.
'Hurst Burst' is a miniature for piano, bass, and drums perfectly in keeping with contemporary jazz. But the
following track 'Nightingale' is a composition emerging from Arab traditions. 'Hronos' showcases the Greek voices
of Rau/a Tsernou and Apostolos, 'Preprise' is an accompanied bass improvisation, while 'Just Another Karsilama'
brings out the multiple percussion of Sakir Ozan Uygan: ten flowers that bloom differently. The rapid staccato of
Leo Genovese echoes it, and we find it in 'Ege', an evocation of a sea that bathes both Greece and Asia Minor.
Andrea Romani - Ney
Giannis Poulios - Violin
Leo Genovese - Piano
Sakir Ozan Uygan - Percussion
Dimitris Klonis - Drums
Apostolos Sideris - Bass
Taxiarhis Georgoulis - Oud
Tasos Poulios - Kanun
Roula Tsernou - Voice
1. Semai for the New Old World 6:30
2. Encounter 4:40
3. Hurst Burst 1 :18
4. Nightingale (Part 1) 2:37
5. Nightingale (Part 2) 3 17
6. Hronos [Time] 4:47
7. Preprise 2:20
8. Just Another Karsilama 6:28
9. Suburban Stomp 4:51
10. Fanfare 0:52
11. Ege 9:29
12. Birth 5:38
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0 SOCADISC Absllone ~
Apostolos Sideris chose remarkable companions,
very interested in exploring each other's culture.
Leo Genovese, an Argentinian pianist based in
the United States, is an old friend of Apostolos
from his Berklee years. An all-terrain virtuoso with
dotted and galloping phrasing, we have heard him
alongside Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette, Joe
Lovano, and Esperanza Spalding.
Sinking into the voluptuous music of Past
Presented doesn't scare him.
Dimitris Klonis, Greek like the leader, is essentially
a jazz drummer, who studied with Alan Dawson
and Adam Nussbaum.
Giannis Pou/ios, also Greek, studied in Istanbul.
This violinist explores the various oriental sounds
of the instrument: timbres, colours, as well as of
course the modes and intervals: an Ottoman third
is neither an Egyptian third nor a European third ...
Andrea Romani is an Italian from Cremona, based
in Paris, and a specialist in the ney, this reed flute
that is played sideways. It is the instrument of
dervishes, of trance and it is often played in the
high pitch. Andrea masters all registers and
adapts it to all contexts.
$akir Ozan Uygan is a Turkish percussionist who
started on the darbouka, but has rubbed shoulders
with multiple traditions and a diverse
instrumentarium: mainly oriental - daf, bendir, req
... but also Latin American - bongos, cajon ...
By Yvan Amar (translated from French)