Vassilis Lagos - Cantatas For A Demon

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Peter Hauschulz A fantastic and understated fusion of myriad styles into a jazz framework. Both smooth and unsettling, poetic and jarring, it deftly drifts from one place to another and back.
The production is delightful as well, and allows the odd ingredients to settle and blend into their own natural concoction. Favorite track: Cantata For A Demon.
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Vasilis Lagos and Dora Vlassi met Giorgos Daglas’ poetry, in March of 2015, at a bookstore where, the later, presented his poetry collection “Ballads for a demon”.Dora Vlassi adapted the poems' rimes so they could fit better in music and Vasilis, who had already a long experience in composing music, but not in setting poetry into music, except for jazz music and English language lyrics, tries for the first time to compose music for greek language verse, and mainly, for an extremely rebellious poetry, with an explosive content which tries to point out rotten political and social norms and manages at the same time, to destroy them. Vasilis Lagos, wanted to point out with his music exactly that particular element of Daglas’poetry. And by proposing his musical pieces of a particular combination of several different genres, he succeeds to create an exquisite ecstatic and aesthetical result. That is how this record “Cantatas for a demon” came up. The quintet that has been formed for the needs of this work, with Yiannis Papadoulis drums, Dora Vlassi vocals, Alexis Delis double bass, and Spyros Nikas in saxophone. Many thanks to Akanthos for his artistic work resulting in the immaculate visual taste of the album.

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released August 23, 2016

Composition/Arrangement :Vasilis Lagos
Poetry : Giorgos Daglas
Adaptation Poems : Dora Vlassi
Musicians :
Dora Vlassi : Vocals
Vasilis Lagos : Guitar
Alexis Delis : Double Bass
Spiros Nikas : alt and Sp Saxophones
Yiannis Papadoulis : Drums
Lakis Halkias : Vocals on track 4
Giorgos Romanos : Vocals on track 6
Recording, Mixing : Dimitris Karpouzas
Mastering : Chris Christodoulou
Cover Painting : Akanthos
Layout and Booklet Design : Akanthos
Photos : Christina Vlassi
Photo of Giorgos Romanos : Katerina Kampiti
Booklet Printing : DIGIFARM
Translation of Cantata For A Demon in English : Tzoutzi Mantzourani

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Vassilis Lagos Quintet Athens, Greece

Vasilis Lagos, A Graduate of Ionian University, with a vast collaboration in several musical projects of many different genres of jazz , experimental electroacoustics, avant-garde jazz (trio,14), free improvisation, (Free improvisation group of the Ionian University), Afro-Jazz (Tea for X) Metal, (Zemial, Agatus) and Post Rock ... more

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