In April of 2011 while sorting through a box of memorabilia a well-remembered document about Greek music surfaced. A found treasure: “Musical Memories of Nine Seattle Greeks.” This hour-long documentary tape recording of folk songs with narrative and photographs of participants was the result of a 1980 research project authored, narrated and produced by Susan Auerbach (above left) while a graduate student in the division of Ethnomusicology, School of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle.
It came to me through Effie Wells (above right), one of the nine. This was a treasure I wanted to share. Mindful of the stated rights for the use of the project, and to confirm that internet posting was within those rights, phone calls and internet searches to locate Susan Auerbach were made but were unsuccessful. What next? Vowing to be true to the intent of the research project, it was prepared for on-line presentation.
And to Susan, thank you, wherever you are.
By Joann Nicon, June 2011
As Susan wrote in the project’s introduction, “Welcome; we invite you to share in the musical memories of some of your fellow Greeks in Seattle.” All nine Seattle Greeks are included in the audio tracks below. Photos of them appear following the audio tracks. Click on the audio track icons 1 through 16 consecutively to hear the entire story.
Introduction - Susan Auerbach
Prelude - Syrto - dance melody - George and Anna Asimakopoulos
Lullabies - Effie Wells, Artemis Delimitros and Maria Coltos
Kalanda - Christmas songs by Frank Halbous
Kalanda - Artemis Delimitros
Special poems, songs and traditions - Theodora Antipas and Maria Coltos
Tsamiko – dance melody - Maria Klieros
Wedding customs - procession to brides home - Greta Lucas
Wedding customs - procession of the groom to church - Frank Halbous
Wedding lament - Anna Asimakopoulos
Wedding memory - Maria Coltos, love song - Artemis Delimitros
Love song - Anna and George Asimakopoulos (on accordion)
“Song of Foreign Lands” - Anna and George Asimakopoulos Memories - Maria Coltos and Effie Wells
Asia Minor song “Aman, Aman”– Frank Halbous, Klephtic song - Effie Wells
Sweet memories - Theodore Antipas, Maria Coltos and Effie Wells
Final thoughts - Susan Auerbach - Syrto and Tsamiko - Anna Asimakopoulos
“I cherish the hours I spent with these wonderful people and wish them cronia polla." (Many Years) --Susan Auerbach
Theodora Antipas – reciting poetry remembered from school days
Anna and George Asimakopoulos - a vocal/accordion duo like the old days in Roumeli
Maria Coltos – with the copper water jug she used as a girl
Artemis Delimitros – translating the words of a favorite love song
Frank Halbous – singing a mournful “amanes”
Maria Klieros – recalling how she used to sing for her uncle
Greta Lucas – with embroideries from her “prika” or dowry
Effie Wells - at a Greek dance exhibition