Lemonaki (voorheen Pastiche) neemt de luisteraars mee op reis naar de Griekse tavernes. Liederen over de ruwe kant van het leven: drugs, de gevangenis, een zwaar bestaan… Maar ook
over schoonheid: de liefde, vertellingen van duizend en één nacht. Vanuit het
Griekenland uit de vorige eeuw reizen we door het mediterrane gebied terug in de
tijd, naar de Sephardische muziek. Deze stijl vindt zijn oorsprong bij de Joden die in
Spanje woonden en verteld verhalen van onderdrukking, opstand, religie en
natuurlijk kent ook deze stijl liederen over de liefde.
De kern van de band wordt gevormd door:
Gwendolynn: zang/ harp
Emma: accordeon/ zang
Selini: viool/ zang
Aangevuld met gastmuzikanten op percussie, contrabas en gitaar.
3 december: café Averechts, Utrecht
7&8 december midwinterfair, Archeon
luister hieronder naar de liveCD Pastiche-Exploring rebetika
Pastiche travelling to Lesvos
In the summer of 2018 we travelled to Lesvos for five weeks: Emma van Dobben, Frank Schumm, Fieke Neijssen, Marijn Moolenaar, Dagmar Cloosterman and Gwendolynn de Boer. Before we went on this journey we’d decided the project focused on two goals: learning more about Rebetika, and working together with Connect by Music. Rebetika is a musical style that originated in the harbour cities of Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, and Pireaus). We hoped to play together and talk about Rebetika-music with musicians from the island as well as visit different places to research the style. Connect by Music is an organisation that provides music lessons in refugee camps in Greece. At first our plan for this collaboration was to organise concerts in Moria and Kara Tepe (two of the refugee camps). However, the project took a different direction when we arrived and there turned out to be a gap in Connect by Music’s program, which the organisation’s coordinator asked if we could fill. Initially we weren’t sure if it would be a good idea to change our plans about this project so radically, but after the first day of us visiting lessons and teaching a group in Moria, we realised this was the only logical choice. We kept playing Rebetika, tried to study the style a little bit more, and also played some concerts. It was difficult to find out more about Rebetika. When we had been preparing this project we had already noticed it seemed impossible to find musicians. In the end we had to conclude our initial fear: Lesvos is not the best place to research Rebetika. The reason we choose to do the research specifically on this island was the cooperation with Connect by Music and this took over the project. However, we are happy that it worked out this way. We did make music with some musicians that also played Rebetika and talked to them about the style, so this gave our knowledge and way of playing a bit more depth.
Pastiche optreden in restaurant ‘Home’, Lesvos (read more)
We recorded a CD with Rebetika-songs in October 2018 and presented the CD in February 2019 at the Humanity House in The Hague. We combined playing Rebetika music with stories connected to our experiences at Lesvos. A booklet with some background information on Rebetika, the songs we played and some impressions of our journey to Lesvos is available for download on this page. It is also possible to purchase our CD here