Makria is Greek for 'far and beyond'. Much of this album was recorded in Thessaloniki, Greece and London, U.K., weaving Middle Eastern melodies and African rhythms around a playful blend of eclecticism.Sohre speaks through a myriad of instruments: guitar, piano, accordion, flute, clarinet, harmonium, organ, percussion & vocals, while also sprinkling natural sound effects into some of the themes, inviting you to go on a visual journey through exotic scenery before returning home to an intimate and personal final song.
Simon McCarty (percussion), Dimitris Kakos (bass), Nikos Tourbis (drums and percussion) and Carl Dexter (guitar, contrabass and weird effects) form the nucleus around Sohre, with guest musicians showcased on several cuts. Jim McCarty of the legendary Yardbirds and Simon's father, plays percussion and Karen Gheorghiu, guest of Zappa's Mothers of Invention plays the English horn.
See Musician Credits for all songs.
Hurdy gurdy, cello, saz, various world percussion instruments and natural sound effects, such as the popular market in Thessaloniki or thermal hot springs in Langadas are also woven into the selections.
Sohre, along with John Herchenrider and Carl Dexter mixed and produced Makria for Fleeting Echoes Ltd.
1. An Understanding 3:44
2. Sometimes 5:33
3. Makria 5:41
4. Nero 2:28
5. Who Will Know 6:53
6. This Small Gravity 4:37
7. Chaos 2:08
8. Salonika 5:41
9. Second Thoughts 5:17
Makria includes a full colour 8 page insert with lyrics and production details on heavy stock pearl matte paper.
There are several alternate locations where you can listen to, buy individual songs or the entire cd as mp3's. Here are direct links to Makria from a few of the more established places: