Corvo Records’ new LP release NABELÓSE shows Austrian prepared piano virtuoso and yodeler Ingrid Schmoliner and the french horn player Elena Kakaliagou from Greece, putting their hands and voices on traditional folk music from both countries. Ingrid Schmoliner moves between the genres of new music, improvised music, free jazz, and folk music. Teaming up with Elena Kakaliagou, member of Zeitkratzer, RANK Ensemble, PARA, and Zinc & Copper they form a Duo that creates dark interpretations of ancient songs and tales from mountains and the sea.
Frau Im Berg (woman in the mountain)
This is a funeral march, the rhythm played by Elena describes the walking in the funeral procession.
The carriage symbolizes the transition and the harnessing of the carriage stands metaphorical for the dissolution of time and space.
The egg .... symbolizes cleansing and rebirth, it's food.
Bread .... is an ancient symbol for the wheel of fortune, the earth with the pagan isosceles cross in the circle, it's food.
Mud .... the primordial soup from which all life has come.
Woman in mountain
Woman in mountain
Harness your carriage
With egg, bread and mud
To Be Given Up and Nabelóse are both compositions based on Greek folk songs.
To Be Given Up / Γιάννη μου το μαντήλι σου
It's about XENITIA, Xenos is Greek for stranger. It is a concept that deals with being far away from home. It is about leaving home, and not being able to come back. It is a very sad word about distance in general. Today it is not so much used because the distances have gotten smaller, but it still means something bitter. The exile is described as sad, bleak and generally not appealing places. In the lyrics of the song a young man called Yanni who is in Xenitia, is addressed. He is asked why his handkerchief is dirty. The Handkerchief as a very personal object. He replies that the handkerchief has become dirty from the foreign places (and the feelings that belong to being there). Five rivers have washed it and all five rivers became dirty.
The song is from Heperus, which is close to the Albanian border. There is a lot of polyphonic singing tradition and the area has seen a lot of poverty for a long time, so many people are going abroad to find a better future.
Nabelóse / Βάρκα μου μπογιατισμένη
The title means "Painted Boat", somehow it is about the sea, about the long journey, and again about the distance. There are references to Christianity because a female figure apears, the Madonna. The woman first speaks to a boat that is freshly painted but it is not in the water. Later she talks a man who comes from the sea and seems to be a kind of saint with a sword in his hand. She sees a green field but her heart is black and she wants the one who made it black to be struck by a curse. The last verse talks about being an orphan. It says that the one who leaves an orphan should tear his trousers and will be punished by God. The last phrase is about the consolation that is provided by the Madonna, who gives hope to the children who are just arriving ... In general this song is about pain, it talks a lot about water and water element, and about the feeling of being a stranger and to become alienated.
This song can be found in different areas in Greece on the seaside.