Hidden Musics

Female vocal ensemble Isokratisses both uphold and reinterpret one of the world’s oldest remaining folk music traditions: the polyphonic songs of Epirus. Thanks to the vast mountain ranges of Albania and a terra firma already pretty remote from Western influence, these laments remained an insular force of celebration and hardship for centuries, passed down generation by generation. Isokratisses are the latest wielders of this singular musical heritage, its elemental power still intact and untainted from Byzantine times to this present day.

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