In a Strange Land / Επί Γης Αλλοτρίας

 

In a strange land: Cover

 

An anthology of Greek-Australian songs and music produced by Pavlos Andronikos & Stephen Adam

 



The title we chose for this album is an allusion to the psalm “By the rivers Babylon”, and is taken from the line “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” The word “strange” means, of course, “foreign” or “alien” in the psalm, but for this album the word’s other meaning of “odd” or “unusual” seemed to me apt. The natural landscape of Australia and the flora and fauna all struck me as very strange when I first arrived here in 1981, and they still do.

Australia then is the “strange land”, and the opening tracks on this CD have been arranged to suggest a journey from the Greek world to the land “down under”. The album begins in the Greek world with a song which in its music and lyrics evokes traditional Greek folk song, continues with the song I’m Leaving, and arrives in the “strange land” with the instrumental title track and Pink Lakes.

The working life as experienced by many migrants to the strange land is the subject of Day After Day, an energetic rock song about factory work, and this is followed by a passionate meditation on nostalgia and loss in The Same Sun. Nostalgia and a sense of loss are part and parcel of the migrant experience, but the specific loss so keenly felt in this song is the loss of Kyrenia in the north of Cyprus as a result of the Turkish invasion of 1974 which made refugees of the Greek inhabitants of the north of the island. They’ve Taken the Sun continues the theme of nostalgia, but looks to another Greek island, Crete. In this song the poet Nikos Ninolakis, whose “heart sails endlessly on the seas of memory”, resigns himself to the ways of a heart mourning what is lost. In contrast, in There Are Moments George Xylouris, also from Crete, celebrates those moments when the heart is flooded with love of life and life’s journey.

With Five Horseflies the album moves thematically to the subject of personal and social relationships. A rock idiom is used to express anger and frustration at those who are “just as they should be” and who expect everybody else to be likewise. They are like horseflies waiting in ambush. “I wasn’t crazy; you’ve made me crazy,” Stelios rages. Christella Demetriou brings a change of mood in For Yianni, a gentle yearning love song: “I want to return again to your embrace for a little warmth”. The Pomegranate, one of Dimitris Tsaloumas’ most intriguing poems and one of the late Costas Tsicaderis’ loveliest songs, continues the theme of love: “The pomegranate you coveted, love, my love, is bound by unliftable time, water more precious than blood. But in my yard the old men in the evening, the evening, say it was unseemly that I should cultivate such a fruit.”

Since the night features prominently as a backdrop to The Pomegranate, it seemed appropriate to follow it with Christella Demetriou’s celebration of the night, and this is followed by a celebration of the beauty of Cyprus, as well as an acknowledgment of its tragedy in One Earth. This tragedy is also the subject of With the Lips of Heartache: “You knew that somewhere in the ocean you’d lost a daughter… she wove a song from the thread of centuries, and sang of freedom through endless winters.” The poem ends with a moving plea from the daughter: “Sun, tell my mother, with the lips of heartache, to send the fare for freedom and her blessing.”

Ironically, given its title, Words Are the Poison represents in the context of this album a coming together of the Greek and English languages, as well as a coming together of the two cultures they represent. Given the sentiments expressed in that song, it seemed appropriate to end the album with “voices” but no words: hence Bluebeard.

 

Pavlos Andronikos

For a Greek version of this introduction click here: Η εισαγωγή στα ελληνικά.

 


 

CONTENTS

  Titles Singers Composers Lyricists
1 On Your Balcony Archie Argyropoulos, Helen Sinis Pavlos Andronikos Ekaterini Mpaloukas
2 I’m Leaving Andrew Kyriakopoulos Andrew Kyriakopoulos Andrew Kyriakopoulos
3 In a Strange Land Instrumental Stephen Adam  
4 Pink Lakes Instrumental Mairéad Hannan  
5 Day After Day Stelios Tsiolas Stelios Tsiolas Stelios Tsiolas
6 The Same Sun Achilles Yiangoulli Achilles Yiangoulli Georgia Heracleous
7 They’ve Taken the Sun Costas Tsicaderis Costas Tsicaderis Nikos Ninolakis
8 There Are Moments George Xylouris George Xylouris George Xylouris
9 Five Horseflies Stelios Tsiolas Stelios Tsiolas Stelios Tsiolas
10 For Yianni Christella Demetriou Christella Demetriou Christella Demetriou
11 The Pomegranate Costas Tsicaderis Costas Tsicaderis Dimitris Tsaloumas
12 Night Christella Demetriou Christella Demetriou Christella Demetriou
13 One Earth Achilles Yiangoulli Achilles Yiangoulli Georgia Heracleous
14 With the Lips of Heartache Helen Sinis, Markos Markou Pavlos Andronikos Michalis Pais
15 Words Are the Poison Achilles Yiangoulli, Jeannie Marsh, Glen Haydyn, Giaconda Vatcky Irine Vela Daniel Keene & Irine Vela
16 Bluebeard Instrumental Stephen Adam  

 

ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝΑ

  Τίτλοι Τραγουδιστές Συνθέτες Στιχουργοί
1 Στο μπαλκονάκι σου Αργύρης Αργυρόπουλος, Ελένη Σίνη Παύλος Ανδρόνικος Αικατερίνη Μπαλούκα
2 Φεύγω Ανδρέας Κυριακόπουλος Ανδρέας Κυριακόπουλος Ανδρέας Κυριακόπουλος
3 Επί γης αλλοτρίας Ορχηστρικό Στέλιος Αδάμ  
4 Ρόδινες λίμνες Ορχηστρικό Mairéad Hannan  
5 Μέρα με τη μέρα Στέλιος Τσιόλας Στέλιος Τσιόλας Στέλιος Τσιόλας
6 Ο ίδιος ήλιος Αχιλλέας Γιαγκούλλη Αχιλλέας Γιαγκούλλη Γεωργία Ηρακλέους
7 Πήρανε τον ήλιο Κώστας Τσικαδέρης Κώστας Τσικαδέρης Νίκος Νινολάκης
8 Είναι στιγμές Γιώργος Ξυλούρης Γιώργος Ξυλούρης Γιώργος Ξυλούρης
9 Πέντε αλογόμυγες Στέλιος Τσιόλας Στέλιος Τσιόλας Στέλιος Τσιόλας
10 Για το Γιάννη Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου
11 Το ρόδι Κώστας Τσικαδέρης Κώστας Τσικαδέρης Δημήτρης Τσαλουμάς
12 Η νύχτα Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου
13 Μια γης Αχιλλέας Γιαγκούλλη Αχιλλέας Γιαγκούλλη Γεωργία Ηρακλέους
14 Με του καημού τα χείλη Ελένη Σίνη, Μάρκος Μάρκου Παύλος Ανδρόνικος Μιχάλης Παής
15 Τα λόγια είναι δηλητήριο Αχιλλέας Γιαγκούλλη, Jeannie Marsh, Glen Haydyn, Giaconda Vatcky Ειρήνη Βέλα Daniel Keene & Ειρήνη Βέλα
16 Ο Γαλανογένης Ορχηστρικό Στέλιος Αδάμ  

 

LYRICS

For lyrics and translations go to this page.

 

COPYRIGHT ISSUES

All of the songs from the anthology In a Strange Land can be downloaded from this web site. To download a song, right click on the title of the song and choose "Download Linked File" (Safari) or "Save Target As" (Explorer) from the pop-up menu. The songs will download in mp3 format. If added to the library of iTunes (mp3 playback software free from Apple), full details should appear in the iTunes window.

The songs are being made available here for non-commercial personal use only. All rights of the manufacturers and of the owners of these recorded works are reserved. Unauthorised copying, public performance and broadcasting of these works is prohibited.

Individual songs © 2010, the composers & lyricists.

This compilation © 2010, P. Andronikos & S. Adam.

All recordings 2010, P. Andronikos & S. Adam.

 

CREDITS

On Your Balcony

Vocals: Archie Argyropoulos & Helen Sinis

Saz: John Norton

Baglamas, violin: Hector Cosmas

Synths, programming: Pavlos Andronikos

Clarinet: Ken Schroder

Steel-string Guitar: Michael Teo

Bass: Pavlos Andronikos

Percussion: Denis Close & Archie Argyropoulos

Recorded at: C’est Ca, Collingwood & elsewhere

Recording Engineers: Genevieve Coath & Pavlos Andronikos

Mixed by Stephen Adam

 

I’m Leaving

Vocals: Andrew Kyriakopoulos

Synths, programming: Andrew Kyriakopoulos

Recorded & mixed by Andrew Kyriakopoulos

 

In a Strange Land & Bluebeard

Synths, programming: Stephen Adam

Recorded & mixed by Stephen Adam

 

Pink Lakes & There Are Moments

Vocals: George Xylouris

Lute, Mandolin, Lyra: George Xylouris

Violin: Mairéad Hannan

Whistles: Shelagh Hannan

Lute: Deirdre Hannan

Cello: Alice Garner

Double Bass: Daniel Butler

Percussion: Spiros Antoniades

Recorded at: C’est Ca, Collingwood

Recording Engineer: Genevieve Coath

Mixed by Stephen Adam & Pavlos Andronikos

 

Day After Day & Five Horseflies

Vocals: Stelios Tsiolas

Violin: Tracey Tan

Lead Guitars on Five Horseflies: Pavlos Andronikos

Rhythm Guitar on Day After Day: Pavlos Andronikos

Programming: Pavlos Andronikos

Rhythm Guitar on Five Horseflies: Evripidis Evripidou

Bass Guitar: Evripidis Evripidou

Drums: Gerry Pantazis

Recorded by Pavlos Andronikos

Mixed by Pavlos Andronikos & Stephen Adam

 

The Same Sun & One Earth

Vocals: Achilles Yiangoulli

Violin: Jane Schleiger

French Horn: Spiros Kessaris

Classical Guitar: Evangelos Karavitis

Steel-string Guitar: Achilles Yiangoulli

Double Bass: David Abiuso

Percussion: Achilles Kalanis

Recorded at C’est Ca, Collingwood

Recording Engineer: Genevieve Coath

Mixed by Stephen Adam

 

They've Taken the Sun & The Pomegranate

Vocals: Costas Tsicaderis

Violins: Tessa Baliakas & Hector Cosmas

Mandolin: Hector Cosmas

Bouzouki: Peter Paraskevas

Guitars: Costas Tsicaderis

Percussion: Paul Grage

Recorded at C’est Ca, Collingwood and elsewhere

Recording Engineers: Genevieve Coath, Stephen Adam

Mixed by Stephen Adam

 

For Yianni & Night

Vocals: Christella Demetriou

Clarinet: Ken Schroder

Oud: John Norton

Bouzouki, Mandolin: Christella Demetriou

Violin: Tracey Tan

Viola: Claire Hall

Cello: Rosemary Ingram

Classical Guitar: John Norton

Steel-string Guitar: Michael Teo

Double Bass: Rosie Westbrook

Percussion: Denis Close

For Yianni arranged by John Norton

Night arranged by Ken Schroder

Recorded at C’est Ca, Collingwood

Recording Engineer: Genevieve Coath

Mixed by Stephen Adam

 

With the Lips of Heartache

Vocals: Helen Sinis & Markos Markou

Piano: Tracey Tan

Bass: Stephen Adam

MIDI Programming: Pavlos Andronikos & Stephen Adam

Recorded by Pavlos Andronikos

Mixed by Pavlos Andronikos & Stephen Adam

 

Words Are the Poison

(Live recording from the opera Little City by Irine Vela
presented by Canto Coro in collaboration with Melbourne Workers’ Theatre)

Soloists: Achilles Yiangoulli, Jeannie Marsh, Glen Haydyn, Giaconda Vatcky

Choir: Canto Coro

Musicians: Irine Vela, Deanne Flatley et al

Arranged by Irine Vela

Recorded live by Paul Efthimiou

Additional recording & remix: Stephen Adam

 

Cover Art: Pavlos Andronikos

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The creation of this anthology was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, and by the Government of Greece. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed in some way, large or small, and helped make this album possible. In particular we’d like to thank the diplomat and poet George Veis, for his help in securing funding for the project, and the staff of Australia Council for their advice, support, and patience.

Pavlos Andronikos & Stephen Adam

 

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