Romiosini – The Soul of Greece http://crete.wordpress.com/2007/09/28/romisini-the-soul-of-greece
The trouble with Romiosini is that it is what could be called Greek fundamentalism. No two Greeks that I know have ever given the same definition. It is tied up with their identity and their soul, but it is not exclusively either. It is about Greekness, but not the Greek State as such. It is Hellenic and Byzantine and it is almost incomprehensible to foreigners and difficult to describe,even by Greeks.
All agree that the origin of the the word Romiosini is from being part of the Roman Empire – eastern Rome which became the Byzantine Empire which was largely Greek and based around its capital Konstantinopoulos and included the borders of the Black Sea and Mikra Asia – Asia Minor. The ‘Megali Idea’ was the concept back in the 1920s that this Empire could be regained, an enterprise which resulted in catastrophe and the exchange of populations with a result of nearly two million refugees.
Theodorakis sings “Romiosini”, one of his best and most politically powerful works, based on the poem of Giannis Ritsos. The songs in this video are: 1) Afta ta dentra, 2) Oloi dipsane, 3) Otan sfiggoun to heri.
The songs in this video are: 1) Tosa hronia, 2) Bikan sta sidera, 3) Dentro to dentro.
Maria Farantouri sings Taner Aykol http://vimeo.com/27487333
Lyrics and compositions by Memet Çapan, Arranged by Taner Akyol, Berlin Concerto Chamber Orchestra conducted by Symeon Ionnidis
Charles Lloyd and Maria Farantouri, the Athens Concert http://vimeo.com/29510403
Historic concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on June 4, 2010. Lloyd and Farantouri are joined by Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Sokratis Sinopoulos and Takis Farazis to perform Lloyd originals along with a Byzantine prayer, traditional and contemporary songs of Greece and compositions by Mikis Theodorakis.
History of Romiosini http://greece.org/Romiosini
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