Displaced Dreams (2020)
The album is dedicated to all people who struggle for freedom and dignity after being displaced from their homelands and their dreams.
The composition Displaced Dreams was written on response to the trauma and injustice being experienced by refugees and victims of war, taking inspiration from recent images of people fleeing civil wars, oppression, poverty and unbearable hardship.
Displaced Dreams is Michalis Kouloumis' second album on his name with original works, spontaneous compositions and soundscapes creating a deeply personal musical language.
Violins: Michalis Kouloumis, Makis Baklatzis, Christos Dalianis, Giannis Zarias, Sakis Karakostas, Manos Skalidakis
Violas: Fotis Siotas, Stefanos Sekeroglou
Cellos: Vassilis Lemonias, Despina Spanou
Tarhu: Michalis Cholevas
Double Bass: Dine Doneff
Ney: Charis Lambrakis
Oud: Alexandros Papadimitrakis
Cretan lute: Maria Ploumi
Bağlamas: Stratis Psaradelis, Martha Mavroidi, Maria Melahrinou
Percussions: Vaggelis Karipis (frame drum), Ruven Ruppik (cajon, udu, cymbals)
"...I can think of few recent releases that have kept me as consistently engaged throughout "
(Jamie Renton, fRoots mag)
Michalis Kouloumis' debut album
The artist ought to express his own truth; both to himself and to others. Through a lonely but necessary journey of self-discovery he traces the unique elements that constitute his own personality and set him apart from everyone else: his personal experiences, his language, his place of origin, his identity. With this album, my debut album, I expose my own inner truth, my own 'soil'.
"...The power of expression of their repertoire is truly a lingua franca, a language that everyone understands and that moves them..."
(Sonja Heimann, Evensi)
Just as a photograph captures images, Ephemera uses music to frame emotions that are normally condemned to fleeting transience. From the flash of amusement in a carefree child, to moments of longing due to separation, to the stages one passes from grief to acceptance, Ephemera unveils the power of these elusive emotions in our lives; emotions that pass unnoticed in an instant, but can leave a lasting trace over our conscious choices.
Michalis Cholevas: Tarhu, Ney (on Lahtara)
Michalis Kouloumis: Violin
Giannis Koutis: Oud, Guitar, Voice
Ruven Ruppik: Percussion, Marimba
Niti Ranjan Biswas: Tabla on Child
Kudsi Erguner: Ney on Inception
Αs a violin and viola player, Michalis Kouloumis has contributed to the following music albums, documentaries and films.