Black Sea Fire is a spectacular project which presents music of the peoples of the Black Sea, and is put together with musicians from the countries that share its coasts. The music of “Black Sea Fire“ reflects the fiery temperament, the emotional depth, and the unique, salty, humor of the Black Sea peoples. The love and pride for their land, for their sea, and for their history is felt in every phrase of the music – each according to their own national character, but also as part of a greater, Black Sea, culture.
“EgAri” (“That’s it!” in Georgian) is a spectacular project of The Shin, which is shaped around traditional Georgian instrumental styles, polyphonic vocals, and folk dance. EgAri is a non-conventional hybrid of archaic and modern elements, Caucasian and non-indigenous instruments, startling Georgian harmonies and more familiar jazz threads. It reinitiates a peaceful dialogue between East and West, old and new, “ours” and “theirs”―a dialogue which has existed in Georgian culture for centuries.
The twelve titles on this sampler present a cross-section of old and new releases. We start with Hazmat Modine, JARO’s most successful production in the last ten years, highly acclaimed from Finland to Sicily. In the summer of 2008, the ensemble will be in Europe for a tour comprising some forty concerts. New tracks from hitherto unpublished CDs by the ensembles Huun-Huur-Tu, Moscow Art Trio and the Warsaw Village Band will then provide an overview of the releases of the coming months.