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Mikros Kosmos

Mikros Kosmos is: meditative Middle-Eastern melodies, earthy Mediterranean folk dances, Brazilian jazz harmonies, raindrops on piano keys, gently manipulated ambient recordings and found sounds, as expressed through voice, piano, and live electronics.

Having experimented in their early recordings and performances with live electronic arrangements of classic Greek rembetika, the duo moved on to explore jazz standards, with a particular attraction to George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Antonio Carlos Jobimm. Between the tavern and hash-den songs of the 1920’s and the refined jazz songs of the 1930’s the group settled into a style combining vocals with live piano and electronics. Their new songs pull together all of their previous experience, along with an affection for minimal arrangements and a lyrical abstraction uncommon in the history of Greek music.

The duo has moved from the far east to the middle east, to the east coast (and back again, though not all in that order). As a teenager, Yianna Georgiadou began performing Greek and Cypriot music in her native Cyprus to awards and critical acclaim, eventually performing on national television in Cyprus, as well as in New York City’s vibrant Greek enclave and new arts center, Astoria. Seth Mehl began his musical career playing the piano with the folk-rock group Thee Higher Burning Fire, and went on to study the erhu, or traditional Chinese fiddle, in Taipei, Shanghai, and New York City. He later founded the collective Non-Aligned Movement, which brought the erhu together with folk musicians from various other world traditions for performances and residencies around New York City. His laptop performance technique was refined at NYC’s Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.

Mikros Kosmos S/T (Sort Of Records, 2010)


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