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A World in London 297 - Bonnendis

A World in London 297 - Bonnendis

Playing tracks by

Joji Hirota, Alvorada, Fiona Fey, Kronos Quartet/Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat, Will Galison/Karim Maurice/La Camerata and more.

Bagpipe queen, Cassandre Balbar, lyra king Thodoris Ziarkis, and laouto prince Nikos Ziarkis are known collectively as Bonnendis, who launched their debut album, From the Mountains To the Sea. Setting sail from Tottenham to the Greek islands, Bonnendis stopped by in Crete, Karpathos, Rhodes, Naxos, and beyond. It would be easy to assume that bagpipes are the preserve of Scottish men in kilts, and that all music from Greece sounds like a bouzouki. Bonnendis are skilled and passionate ambassadors of lesser-known instruments that deserve a hearing, and when they breathe life into pipes, recorders, and lutes, it’s a joy. Cassandre and Thodoris know exactly where their music comes from, why, and how, and are renowned and respected for bringing magic & expertise to all the bands they’re involved with: Daemonia Nymphe,Varldens Band, and Amaraterra. Now that the magic is concentrated From The Mountains To the Sea in Bonnendis’ maiden voyage – hear it on this AWIL!