Luso-Hellenic Wanderings

 

CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON PERIPLUS

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  • PERIPLUS

    Susana Sardo, ethnomusicologist, University of Aveiro

    As a territory of creation, “Periplus” encompasses an extremely contemporary vision of what the musical construction in partnership is and of how music congregates in fact a dimension of an interlocution that surpasses the borders of a world organized in territories of political exclusion.

  • CIRCUM-NAVIGATION TOWARDS

    THE ROOTS OF THE FUTURE

    Maria Ramos Silva, ”I” – February 21, 2012

    An innate understanding in musical affinities, generosity and contagious sense of humour. Amélia and Michales, a Portugal-Greece in the leadership of the championship of building bridges among peoples. […]

    A cauldron of sounds where cultural affinities are cooked beyond the frontiers of crisis.

  • LUSO-HELLENIC EPIC

    Nuno Pacheco, ”Público/Ípsilon” – February 24, 2012

    Amélia Muge has made with Michales Loukovikas the disc that still no-one else has done, uniting Portugal and Greece, Occident and Orient, past and future. […]

    Amélia Muge and Michales Loukovikas, in a time that the crisis sweeps Portugal and Greece, put in ”Periplus” the vigour of the ancient epics, proposing a Luso-Hellenic musical voyage that encompasses, within the same adventure, other neighbouring cultures, from Asia to Africa.

     

    "Periplus", an idea so dear to Amélia Muge, has been a risky bet since the beginning. Uniting cultures of the Mediterranean with neighbouring ones of the Atlantic and of the Indian oceans, mixing the Occident and the Orient without giving in to multicultural "pastiches" of dubious taste, demands an enormous dose of dedication, determination and knowledge. The touchstone came across Amélia in the link of Portugal and Greece, working with Michales Loukovikas (excellent discovery) and sharing with him and a lot of musicians of great talent, Portuguese and Greeks, such an adventure. The result is a diamond polished to the point of almost perfection, […]

    All this in a contemporary approach where the melodic and rhythmic lines of the two countries approximate, interconnect and challenge each other in a natural and fluid form, as if they have always been neighbours and conversed like that.

     

  • WE ARE ALL GREEKS

    João Lisboa,  ”Expresso/Atual” – February 25, 2012

    A summit of Portuguese and Greek poets and musicians, presided by Amélia Muge

     and Michales Loukovikas, in order to confirm the idea that much of what we are exists on the other side, as well. […]

    Mediterranean, of course. Which had as a port of departure for its exploration the interest about the work of the Greek poet Ares Alexandrou […] and was prolonged through an intuitive search of points of contact and common identity features that […] one needs only to discover.

  • PORTUGAL AND GREECE UNITED

    FOR ONE NIGHT IN LISBON

    João Lisboa, ”Expresso/Atual” – February 25, 2013

    "Periplus", […] much more than a mere collection of songs, is a musical voyage through Portuguese and Greek traditions, evoking also the ancient epics while the future is being gazed on. […]

    This musical meeting between Portugal and Greece gains a double symbolism, as well, in a moment that both countries face intense social problems.

  • DAEDALUS AND OTHER ACCOUNTS

    Nuno Rogeiro, ”Sábado” – March 1, 2012

    For decades now, I have been following with interest the singular path of Amélia Muge between a mythical tradition and the ”social" themes. But ”Periplus, Luso-Hellenic Wanderings” is even more beautiful. Musicians and instruments, from here and from the Hellenic archipelagic peninsula, an Odyssey in sounds, the Mediterranean, real and imaginary, the Occident where Portugal reposes, dreams and suffers, with two grand ballads: ”Heavy as Iron” and ”Zum Zum”.

  • AMÉLIA MUGE + MICHALES LOUKOVIKAS

    João Miguel Tavares, “Time Out” – March 21, 2012

    […] “Periplus”, that has as a subtitle “Luso-Hellenic Wanderings”, celebrates that sort of Mediterranean umbilical cord linking Greece to Portugal at least since the myth of the foundation of Lisbon, that is attributed to Ulysses. Brothers in the economic bankruptcy, the two countries join forces here to celebrate their cultural richness on the face of any austerity – Amélia Muge’s discs are a luxurious filigree of sounds, instruments and verses, and “Periplus” is no exception.

    More than that: they are always anything but obvious. If she joins here forces with the Greek musician and composer Michales Loukovikas, it is not to create an euro-pudding with a braguesa guitar and a buzuki. Yes, there is a braguesa guitar, and yes, there is a buzuki, as there are traces of rebetiko and fado, there are Pessoa’s verses and Delphic hymns. But nothing is approached in a conventional way – quite the contrary, each track is an accumulation of surprises, as in “Shine”, where Hélia Correia sings (yes, sings) in Greek, as, for example, in “The Foliage of a Rose”, a magnificent theme that sums up perfectly how it is possible to make a Luso-Galician-Greek patchwork without leaving a single seam on display.