- The calling
- The bells of Archeron The bacchic dance of the Nymphs
- Calling the twelve gods
- Summoning Pan
- Divined by trophonios
| French Import
|This is the second album of the Greek band ‘Daemonia Nymphe’, it is made of 2 rare limited editions CD : The Bacchic dance of the Nymphs
. The greek band ‘Daemonia Nymphe’ tries to recreate the sound of Greek Antiquity. Musicians use incredible instruments like lyra, varvitos, krotala, pandoura... made by the legendary Greek instrument maker Nicholas Bras…These ancient songs are sung by balkanik choirs and bewitching female voices. They were part of the Wave Gothic Treffen 2004.
This is our black and white period. It is our first attempt to use Orphic Hymns in our music firstly using acoustic instruments in a way that could possibly remind of the ancient sound at least what we believed it sounded like. When Nicholas Brass listened to our music he wondered if the sound came from ancient lyres. Then he gave us his collection of reproductions of ancient Greek instruments. But why is it so important for us to approach the ancient sound? If you realise that these instruments haven't been heard for more than 1500 years you can imagine how fascinating that experience is. But the truth is that we don't really want to approach the music of our ancestors, it’s impossible but also of no interest to us. Of course we are inspired by the atmosphere of the ancient temples and statues but our main goal is to compose new music that can possibly have elements of our past (memory) and our present (action) and the hope to be heard also in the future. In general this music refers to the Nymphs Satyrs, Pan and Dionysus, Divinities of the woods, lakes and mountains which are so much connected with this sacred land "Hellas".» Spyros Giafakis (D.N leader)
The core of DAEMONIA NYMPHE are Evi Stergiou and Spyros Giasafakis. They first started writing in 1994. Sometimes one can not adequately describe such music, it is intricate and complex, not over elaborate. It seems to stretch over its own range of moods, sometimes sounding melancholia yet slowly building in to a more confident serenity. Each of the Tyrvasia’s tracks works to a distinct rhythm. The CD makes one more convinced of the validity of the band's vision of Greek Antiquity. As a Medievalist I remember reading how the group RED IRIS used to study 13th and 14th century art, examining how musicians were holding their instruments, the number of strings on each item, and then tried to imagine the tuning that they would use.DAEMONIA NYMPHE are embarking on a similar mission, trying to use music to evoke the spirit of the Past.
A review from Gothic Beauty
Daemonia Nymphe’s project sounds academic – to recreate early Greek music and its spiritual inspiration, using historically accurate replicas of traditional instruments. When heard, however, it is no longer opaque; like the mythology and words we have inherited, the traditional music of Greece embodies an earthy spirituality that is not lost in our time. Its thunderous drumming and high, sirenic vocals, its shifts between articulate guitar and surging swells of voices and percussion, and its quiet, mysterious pipes and bells all become warm, significant, and rousing. Most of the Greek lyrics are compellingly chanted, with ecstatic breakthroughs in such tracks as the centerpiece “Bacchic Dance,” where an uplifted female voice extends the boundary of the invocation. Ataraxia, The Soil Bleeds Black, Corvus Corax aficionados are especially encouraged to experience this album.