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Monsieur Doumani

 
Monsieur Doumani

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City: Nicosia

Country: Cyprus

Email: info@monsieurdoumani.com

URL: http://www.monsieurdoumani.com/

Monsieur Doumani was formed in 2011 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The trio consists of Antonis Antoniou on the tzouras (a small-scale bouzouki), Angelos Ionas on the guitar and Demetris Yiasemides on the wind instruments and percussion.

The band’s music is based on the rearrangement of Cypriot folk music within a contemporary and fresher framework. Their music is a well-balanced blend of the traditional element with modern genres embellished with a subtle humorous mood.  Their repertoire also includes their own compositions which follow a similar form. The band’s mission is to research into the rich Cypriot and Greek music traditions, and to reinvent these musics bringing them closer to today's aesthetics and realities. 

Monsieur Doumani is soon to release its first full-length album entitled 'Grippy Grappa'. The album is produced in Nicosia and consists of 14 pieces, 11 of which are rearrangements of traditional Cypriot songs and 3 original compositions. In 2012 they produced their first limited-edition Demo ‘Cyfolk’, consisting of 8 rearrangements of Cypriot folk songs. The album was distributed only in Italy and it is now out of stock.

Their live appearances in festivals and small venues in Cyprus and abroad have been very well-received, giving them a cult status for their fresh approach towards the up to now "sacred" traditional music of Cyprus. In August 2012, Monsieur Doumani represented Cyprus at the Ferrara Buskers Festival and was awarded the 3rd place for the most favoured group of the festival.

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