Institute for Mediterranean Studies
Σμύρνη 1875 – Εντυπώσεις Μελωδιών
Print Book
ISBN: 978-618-85195-4-1

Dimitrios Varelopoulos, Alexandros Kapsokavadis, Spyridoula Baka, Ioannis Tsioulakis, Kostis Tsioulakis, Smyrna 1875 - Impressions Of Melodies, Institute for Mediterranean Studies 2023

IMS Publications

The musical ensemble Checkmate in 2 Flats performs recordings of folk songs that the French composer Luis Albert Bourgault Ducoudray transcribed in Smyrna in 1875. Ducoudray’s historical material is transformed by the contemporary approach of Checkmate in 2 Flats, without the members ever meeting in person!

Checkmate in 2 Flats were founded in 1999.

They have released four albums (Mat se dio ifesis [Checkmate in Two Flats] – Ihotron Records 2003, Psema san Alithia [A Lie that Sounds True] – Universal 2005, Trypio Feggari [Hollow Moon] – Parousia Records 2009, Ta Tessera Tragoudia tou Miltou Sahtouri [Four Songs by Miltos Sahtouris] – EP 2011) and have featured in many more recordings in Greece and internationally.

Their music brings into dialogue eastern and western musical idioms, well-tempered and micro-tonal instruments, and an electric with an acoustic sound.

The current release is powered by the band members’ combination of performative skill and research expertise, with an emphasis on cultural theory and musical analysis. Motivated by an appreciation of Ducoudray’s transcripts, in this project Checkmate in 2 Flats revisit their unique sound-mark while standing by their long commitment to contemporary musical creativity.

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  • Σπυριδούλα Μπάκα
  • Αλέξανδρος Καψοκαβάδης
  • Δημήτρης Βαρελόπουλος
  • Γιάννης Τσιουλάκης
  • Κωστής Τσιουλάκης
  • Πέτρος Λαμπρίδης
  • Γιώργος Κοντογιάννης
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  1. Απ’ τα μάτια σου τα μαύρα / From your black eyes / De tes yeux noirs
  2. Αυτός ο κόσμος είν’ Τουρκιά / This place is Turkish / Ce monde, c’ est la Turquie
  3. Αν παιθάνω ρίψετέ με / When I die, toss my body / Si je meurs, jetez-moi
  4. Τα ματάκια σου τα μαύρα / Your black eyes / Tes yeux noir
  5. Πέντε χρόνια περπατούσα / I’ve been wandering for five years / Pendant cinq années j’ ai marché
  6. Κλάψετε μάτια, κλάψετε / Cry eyes, cry / Pleurez, mes yeux
  7. Εις του κόσμου το ταξείδι / Ιn the journey of this world / Dans le voyage du monde
  8. Άσπρη μου τριανταφυλλίτσα / White little rosebush of mine / Ma petite rose blanche
  9. Ένα πουλάκι την αυγήν / A little bird at dawn / Un petit oiseau, à l’aube
  10. Ανάθεμά τον που ’βαλε σκάνδαλα / I curse him who brought trouble / Mandit soit celui qui a mis le scandale
  11. Εις ωραίον περιβόλι / In a beautiful garden / Dans un beau jardin
  12. Άιντε κοιμήσου κόρη μου / Go to sleep, daughter / Allons! dors ma fille