A virtuoso oud player, artistic director and founder member of En Chordais cultural organisation and its music ensemble, and a doctor of Byzantine musicology, the ever impressive Kyriakos Kalaitzidis has now gathered together a group of devoted collaborators, including the Constantinople ensemble and the renowned Greek singer Maria Farantouri, in order to tell the musical tale of one of the defining periods of human history. A sonorous evocation of Marco Polo’s account of his epic voyage and the countries he travelled through, in which each track journeys on into the next, the the fragrant acoustics wafting us along this mellifluous spice route. And as the miles fly by, so time and history discreetly reveal their lessons for humanity.
''What if the fabled traveller had himself been a creative musician? Kyriakos Kalaitzidis's imaginative 'answer' to that question is more interesting than just a set of 'appropriate’ songs and tunes from various Eurasian places.
He leads a shifting international cast of virtuoso singers and players.'' ABC