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Synchronos: New Greek Voices

by Ellie Falaris Ganelin

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Synchronos: New Greek Voiecs highlights exciting music by living and 20th-century Greek composers. It features debut recordings for flute, ghostplate, and other instruments in an eclectic collection of classically-inspired music.

The focus of the release is Talos Dreams, a Greek Chamber Music Project commission composed by Costas Dafnis, which explores the concept of made versus born. Inspired by the real and imagined automatons of ancient Greece, this 30-minute work features the ghostplate, a novel metallic instrument he built and designed with Bay Area improviser Tom Nunn. Its sonic palette — atmospheric, echoing, wispy, and metallic — sounds remarkably electronic for an acoustic instrument. The ghostplate creates a soundscape that is at once familiar and extraordinary.

Dafnis’ work takes its cues from Gods and Robots, a book by Stanford scholar Adrienne Mayor, revealing that the earliest concepts of automatons, robots and artificial intelligence can be traced back to ancient Greece — first in mythology, and later in self-moving devices and robots. The line between human and not human, born vs. built, is an AI concept that’s not only recent, but in fact thousands of years old.

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released May 16, 2021

Artists: Ellie Falaris Ganelin (flute), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Ariel Wang (violin), Lewis Patzner (cello), Joe Goodkin (guitar), Mary-Victoria Voutsas (piano), Costas Dafnis (ghostplate), and Katie Lynn Baker (soprano)

Compositions by: Costas Dafnis, Georgios Kasassoglou, Dinos Constantinides, and Ellie Falaris Ganelin

Recorded by: Ellie Falaris Ganelin, Kyle Bruckmann, Ariel Wang, Lewis Patzner, Joe Goodkin, Costas Dafnis, and Innovation Station Music

Mixed by: Costas Dafnis and 25th Street Recording

Mastered by: Myles Boisen, Headless Buddha Mastering

Album Cover Photo: Costas Dafnis

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Greek Chamber Music Project San Francisco, California

The Greek Chamber Music Project (GCMP) is an arts presenter and record label devoted to the music of Greek composers, shedding light on little-known chamber music works, as well as revisiting popular songs in a fresh way. GCMP’s concerts of all-Greek works are so unique, that similar programs are rarely performed even within Greece. ... more

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