AVAILABLE ON MODAL CITIZEN RECORDS 05.11.20
We've always had a good relationship with Echo Echo and have enjoyed many performances at their esteemed festival over the years. After our last showcase there in 2018 the energy from the impromptu dance performances triggered inspiration to compose some music exclusively for Echo Echo. We were just about to embark on a trip to Bulgaria and the seed was planted to eventually write some new music for contemporary dance which evidently involved collaboration from Bulgarian piper Dragni Dragnev. The piece itself is a nod to the Paidushko Dance (which dancer Zoe Ramsey quotes in her own new contemporary choreographed dance).
In Bulgaria the Paidushko is part of the "Northern folklore region" danced in 5/8. Like many other Balkan folk dances, each region or village has its own version of the dance. It is traditionally a men's dance, but in modern times it is often performed in lines of both men and women.