Panos Charalambous – An Eagle was Standing 2LP
Following his first record on Rekem (Fullness of Harmony… Rekem 08), Panos Charalambous returns with a double vinyl collection that compiles a wide amount of sounds and material. On top of his usual performances, where he performs existing records using objects from nature as cartridges, this album collects field recordings, performance and installation documentations, but also contributions from other artists. Bringing together –amongst others- Mike Cooper & Tasos Stamou’s Taximi, midnight recordings of jackals captured on Greece’s Mount Athos, Aggelos Krallis’ raw take on Misirlou, a rhythmic dance on glass cups under the distant sounds of a country festival, as well as voice-o-graph records containing voices and immigrant stories from the 50s, Charalambous pieces together a rich and manifold sound mosaic, reinstating neglected or unknown voices from the Balkan peninsula. Focusing both on content and sonic experience, he manages once more to bring together the disparate and distant elements of the land, and to draw out a parallel ethnography and rapprochement of the local aural tradition.
Panos Charalambous is one of the three artists representing Greece in the 58th Venice Bienalle, and this edition forms a part of his work for the exhibit. In the past he has participated in exhibitions in Greece and internationally; among others: documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); White House Biennial, Varna (2016); eidos, Besançon (2014); Break-Through, Madrid (2004); Copenhagen, Cultural Capital of Europe (1996); Kunst–Europa, Berlin (1991). He lives and works in Athens, where he is Rector of the School of Fine Arts.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. The lavish edition contains, amongst others, a pamphlet featuring an essay by Thanasis Moutsopoulos on the secret post-war history of folk music in Greece.