Mikis Theodorakis and Francesco Diaz

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Mikis Theodorakis composed all what is possible to compose, from Classical Music, to Jazz, to Film Music, Music for You and Me, for All Hearts, all collected in an enormous impressive incredible but true list.

I was very surprised to hear some of his most popular compositions in a so called sonic house groove remix version by Francesco Diaz, from the album “Timeless”.  Curious I started searching for more information, I had questions!

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Who is Francesco Diaz?                                                                                                              He is not there, with a page, in Wiki, and that is strange because he is, as I read on the offical Diaz website, one of the world’s most famous DJ’s, and can be found on the same DJ-list as Tiësto, and who does NOT know Tiësto?!  Francesco Diaz is from Germany, and started some twenty years ago with the so called house-music, was present as a DJ on several well known crowded dance floors and in the meantime he has become a veteran in that scenery, but is still very active in creating and producing new albums, new styles in electronical music, “…in all things, called >true dance music<“, sonic house grooves.

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Francesco Diaz and Mikis Theodorakis                                                                               Mikis Theodorakis himself has asked Francesco Diaz for cooperating together, and I quote here from the text in the video, from channel panagiwtel  with the music: Όμορφη Πόλη  Omorfi Poli:

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“Handed the solo task of transporting Mikis’s classic compositions into advanced electronica, Francesco’s studio hibernation during the development of the project comprised also of a small, yet, incredibly talented collective of musicians who helped fulfil his vision for reworking some of music history’s most iconic material that include such seminal compositions as ‘Zorba’ and ‘Strefi’.
Interweaving the voices of Mikis Theodorakis, Karl Frierson, Kaliopi Vetta and Petros Pandis with fresh sounds that split between sonic jazz and deep house, Francesco was mindful to interject a soulful and groove rooting that would underpin the entire album neatly together. With a deep-seated love for the compositions he selected for the album, Francesco has not failed to document throughout the stunning and often core shuddering beauty of Mikis’s original songs to provide an unblemished forward looking production take on one of Greece’s national treasures.

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‘Timeless’, release date: July 26th 2010 / Label: Wormland-Music,  is a CD package that offers a sublime bridge between half a century of musical arrangement, taking from Athens the unforgettable melodies of Theodorakis and fusing them with a modern electronic sound via the path of Hamburg.
From the Zorbas dance floors to the scores of chill-out lounges and clubs, Mikis music has united people of all ages, creeds, nationalities and religions. Ahead of his 85th birthday, (July 29, 2010) his spirited belief to move life and music forward continues to transcend even his own successes as a composer.

Commenting on the album Mikis said:

“You will once more dare to believe that music makes man more beautiful when you listen to these album tracks which follow one another as the 12 months of a year, each one surprising in its own unique way”.

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Timeless album track listing:                                                                                                             

  1. Remembering Zorbas 00:05:08
  2. Beautiful City (Omorfi Poli)(Drip & Drop) 00:06:17
  3. New Days (Sinking Soul) 00:07:18
  4. On the Road 00:06:00
  5. Lakis on the Beach 00:05:57
  6. The Funky Train Leaves At Eight 00:07:18
  7. Jazzy Bouzouki 00:07:36
  8. Desire 00:04:26
  9. Honeymoon Song 00:04:07
  10. Lost In Phaedra 00:06:42
  11. Farewell 00:04:37
  12. Miki’s Dream 00:05:23

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“Whether a background for your own escapism or a modern snapshot of a much loved body of work by an exceptional artistic composer, ‘Timeless’ freely allows its audience to immerse themselves in the rich surroundings of Greek musical history with awe-inspiring effect.”

Playlist with tracks from the album: click here

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Sources                                                                                                                                      Francesco Diaz official website                                                                                            Traxsource Soundcloud

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About "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis"

The blog "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis" started in 2010. The not-for-profit activities of the initiator were and are to collect, create and publish information about the MUSIC of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis via YouTube, Google+, Twitter, and this blog. Sources for this information are utterly strictly related with Mikis Theodorakis' Music only. The icon is a bouzouki. It is Greece's national symbol for freedom. During the Regime of the Colonels (Military Junta, 1967-1974) the bouzouki was forbidden. Mikis Theodorakis used this authentic Greek instrument in almost all his compositions, and Greeks were listening to Theodorakis's music in the underground scene, during the Military Junta time.
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