The music of Savina Yannatou and the Primavera en Salonico ensemble is based on traditional material, mainly from the Mediterranean. It features an open sound that transcends borders and labels and ranges from simple songs to contemporary music forms.
With a focus on acoustic instruments, half of which are originally from the East, the artists create a characteristic sound and often push the instruments to their limits. Beyond her exquisite interpretive capacity, Savina Yannatou puts special emphasis on expressing the “music” of each different language. In doing so, she often uses her voice as an instrument in its own right.
Countless rave reviews in press outlets all over the world – including the LA Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Independent, and the New York Times – reflect the wide acclaim of the ensemble’s work:
“Dark-toned but ambrosial, highly disciplined yet seemingly bursting with a soul of pure flame, the rather staggering Athens-born singer Savina Yannatou is a virtuosic chameleon adept at an extensive range of vocal traditions (and languages) from the Mediterranean region – not just interpreting but leaping off from these old folk musics with a daring, exploratory technique and far-flung tonal scope that allows her to stamp it all with a brash intelligence and some might say punky attitude.
There’s not a thing dried-up or academic about her new takes on ancient songs … Yannatou really lets the blood out of these songs, brazenly improvising on them, as if called by some inner primal force, kneading and needling them, caressing them, smearing their borders and launching out something entirely new in the process.”
John Payne, L.A. Weekly
Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico have been performing all over the world since 1996. They have played in venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican in London, UCLA in Los Angeles, the Melbourne Concert Hall, Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon and various WOMAD festivals in different parts of the world. They have also performed at numerous world music and jazz festivals.
Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico
Savina Yannatou: voice
Kostas Vomvolos: qanun/accordion/arrangements
Kyriakos Gouventas: violin
Haris Lambrakis: ney
Yannis Alexandris: oud/guitar/tambouras
Michalis Siganidis: double bass
Kostas Theodorou: percussion