In the Land of Aou Tila

A 7 track afro-cuban jazz album (42m 4s) — released June 9th 2016 on Altercat

Afrodyssey Orchestra are an instrumental ensemble from Athens, Greece, comprising seven established musicians of diverse musical backgrounds. They came together through a series of musical journeys over the years — and officially as Afrodyssey Orchestra from 2013. The band's influences span Jazz, Funk, Psychedelic, traditional West African dance music and percussion as well as the Greek musical culture. Their infectious style stems from an experimental conversation between these different musical forms and traditions.

Afrodyssey Orchestra are unique in Europe for their use of Greek and West African musical forms together and their sound — an expression of contemporary Athens. In devising and performing compositions Afrodyssey seek to evoke communion between audience and music, transmitting the impulse to move – an intention that reconnects to the origins of Greek music as a process that gave a village social cohesion. In addition to their original compositions, the band performs innovative versions of well-known African and Greek traditional music. Most band members are multi-instrumentalists — lesser-known instruments played include the Kamelen Ngoni, a type of African harp, and the Balafon, an ancestor of the Marimba and Vibraphone.

there is nothing earthier and grounding in music than seeing musicians smiling, communicating and claiming their place in space while simultaneously co existing and conversing with all the other members, as a total and as individuals. Live performances of Afrodyssey Orchestra have exactly this earthy element - Anapolis

central figure saxophonist Thodoris Rellos (widely known from the Greek band “Mode Plagal”), succeeded in combining free-jazz with traditional sounds of Smyrna, Epirus and Africa, alternating with the solo – “improvisational” and groovy moments by the exquisite exotic percussions, the easy-going guitar rhythms and the tireless basselines - Rockway (Greece)

Afrodyssey Orchestra honor above and beyond the promise that comes with their name, guiding the listener into a musical journey that flows unconstrained between the genres - Athinorama

and then it came the greek earthquake...a really fantastic concert...the ultimate surprise...the revelation of this edition of the afro- exlosion...while what you think you hear is from Ghana or Mali nevertheless it’s music played by Greek musicians - Radio 3 -- Spanish national Radio Broadcast

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