by Valia Calda

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    Reflecting on the contemporary yet timeless struggles of physical and ideological displacement, Methexis is Valia Calda’s new album.

    Methexis - meaning ‘coming together’, it offers a utopian solution to the themes of migration, exile and social struggle.
    Illustrated by Albanian photographer Enri Canaj’s impacting photograph of the migrants’ traumatic sea crossings, the compositions of Nikos and Thodoris Ziarkas puts into music these painful themes.

    ‘A Trip for Nothing’ offers a meditative soundtrack to the words of poet Miltos Sachtouris that weave through the music: ‘my brothers who were lost down here on earth / are the stars lighting up now one by one in the sky’.
    In counterpart, ‘Dilek Dogan’ is dedicated to the eponymous memory of a young Kurdish woman shot by the Turkish police in her apartment.

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Dilek Doğan 05:44
Exiles 06:26
Drawbridge 07:19
Gorge 08:34
Typo 06:13
Val Brug 03:56


released May 18, 2018

Sam Warner - trumpet, flugelhorn
James Allsopp - bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Nikos Ziarkas - guitar. electronics
Gaspar Sena - drums, percussion, voice
Thodoris Ziarkas - double bass

Tracks 3/4/6/7/8 composed by Nikos Ziarkas
Tracks 1/2/5 composed by Thodoris Ziarkas
Track 6 the voice of poet Miltos Sachtouris
from the poem “My brothers”. Translated by Karen Emmerich
Courtesy of Archipelagos Books

Produced by Valia Calda & George Botis

Recorded at Fish Factory Studios on 8th & 9th Sept 2016
Engineered & Mixed by George Botis
Assistant Engineer: Tasos Botis
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks Mastering

Cover photo by Enri Canaj -
Back cover photo by Rosie Reed Gold -
Layout by Thodoris Ziarkas


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Valia Calda London, UK

Valia Calda is a London-based quintet performing music which draws influences from jazz and Greek folk and tangles between electronic music and free improvisation. It consists of Sam Warner, James Allsopp, Gaspar Sena, and Nikos & Thodoris Ziarkas

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