SAÜC Ensemble’s “Mármara” is a groundbreaking debut album that blends the rich history of traditional Mediterranean music with the sounds of the Renaissance in a stunning display of East-West fusion. The album is a true musical journey, transporting listeners through time and space with its mesmerizing tapestry of sound.
The album features a selection of traditional pieces from the Mediterranean, each interpreted through the lens of SAÜC Ensemble’s unique musical vision. The result is a mesmerizing tapestry of sound that reflects the group’s deep respect for the history and culture of the region, as well as their passion for experimentation and innovation..
The album’s title, “Marmara,” is a reference to the Sea of Marmara, a body of water that connects the Mediterranean and Black Seas. This nod to the region’s maritime history underscores the album’s overarching theme of cultural exchange and interconnectedness.
In short, “Marmara” is a musical masterpiece that is not to be missed. SAÜC Ensemble’s debut is a stunning achievement that highlights the group’s incredible musicianship and their commitment to bridging cultural divides through the universal language of music.
“SAÜC Ensemble’s debut album ‘Marmara’ is a delightful mix of Eastern and Western musical traditions, highlighting the rich history of the Mediterranean.” – The Daly News
Saüc Ensemble Live in Amare, The Hague, NL
In this short fragment you will hear a Mandilatos, this is a traditional Greek dance that originated in the mountainous regions of Epirus, in northwestern Greece. The dance is named after the Greek word “mandili,” which means handkerchief, as dancers typically hold a handkerchief in their hands while performing.
The Mandilatos dance is known for its unique Aksak rhythm, which is in 7/8 time signature, In music, aksak refers to a type of irregular meter or rhythm commonly found in Eastern European and Middle Eastern music. Aksak rhythms feature an uneven number of beats per measure, which creates a distinctive syncopated feel that is characteristic of many traditional folk dances.
Mandilatos is often performed at weddings and other celebrations in Greece, and is enjoyed by people of all ages. The dance has a festive, celebratory feel, and is a wonderful way to experience the rich cultural traditions of Greece.
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