So what has Greece ever given me?
besides food, music, culture, ideas, rational inquiry, imagination,
empiricism, skepticism, a concept of freedom, zest for life, and dancing
a constructive postmodern appreciation
Enjoy the music of Imam Baildi, a group whose name comes from an eggplant dish. Their music is constructively postmodern in the Whiteheadian sense, building upon the recent past (music of the 40's, 50's, and 60's) and pointing toward the future. Combining folk melodies, electronic music, and Latin rhythms, the music is, in their words, "expressly done to get everyone dancing."
Asia Minor Flavors
"[Imam Baildi] is a really great name for this band because they bring a lot of Asia Minor flavors into their music. ... They're a band from Athens [Greece], and... they take music from the 1940s and '50s and '60s, and they remix it and bring in elements of other stuff — electronics or hip-hop or Latin music. ... [The song is] an old tune from 1947 by a very, very famous Greek songwriter and bouzouki player named Vasilis Tsitsanis. It already had these Latin elements in it, and they've walked into this song and really amped up that flavor."
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR music
A constructive postmodern approach
In this new situation, we don’t need a post-modern deconstructive analysis, we need a constructive post-modern vision of the future. This vision is what we call an ecological civilization. To move forward for the constructive post-modern philosophy championed by those of us who have been shaped by Whitehead’s philosophy is not to forget or ignore the wisdom of the past. Indeed, for Whitehead, to truly move forward happens through creative transformation. Transformation of what? The best options that we have learned from past experience and tradition. The future of ecological civilization necessarily includes within it the past, and creative transformation toward a better future draws upon the best of our past.
-- Paul Custodio Bube, leader of the 2015 Whitehead Summer Academy in Harbin, China
So what has Greece ever given me?
“No other ancient civilization centered so much on merely human affairs or unleashed human imagination and reasoning from sacred traditions so recklessly....”
"What made Greek patterns of civilization so attractive was that for a few generations a handful of Greek cities mobilized intense and widespread popular participation in politics and war, while also combining monumental public art with market economics. They called this unusual mix 'freedom,' and the literary expressions of Greek freedom in poetry, history, and philosophy appealed to intellectually restless citizens in other times and places as both admirable and practical. Freedom continues to figure in contemporary politics, so the Greek example still echoes in our public affairs, though less strongly than it did before 1914, when the study of Greek (and Latin) literature dominated the schooling of Europe’s political leaders and many of those who supported them. Revival of the Olympic Games in 1896 was a late example of how ancient Greece continued to offer a model for Europeans to emulate."
-- William H. (Bill) McNeill, University of Chicago (cited in Berkshire Publishing, 2015)
The idea of philosophy
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
-- Alfred North Whitehead
And a whole body of learning
This body of learning—secular, rational, argumentative and complex—rivaled (and also suffused) later religious worldviews. It ranks among the most significant heritages passed on from Greek antiquity, for in later centuries Greek philosophy and natural science took on new life among both Muslims and Christians, and still colors contemporary thought.
In sum, science, philosophy, art, literature, war, and politics throughout the world are still influenced by our complex and tangled heritage from ancient Greece.
-- Copyright © 2015 Berkshire Publishing Group, All rights reserved
And then there's the food
The Glorious Foods of Greece: Traditional Recipes from Islands, Cities, and Villages by Diane Kochilas became a classic the day it was released in 2001. It is a scholarly yet entertaining and practical survey of the food of Greece.The chapters are organised by region rather than recipe type and this helps to provide an understanding of the many regional differences that occur from the depths of the Peleponnese to the northern shores of the Aegean that push up against Turkey.
The very first recipe is a model of simplicity but leads to deeper exploration. A tomato and soup is classically pure with only olive oil, fresh tomatoes and chicken broth as the main ingredients. However it is finished with the addition of the widely loved trahana and some crumbled fetta cheese to provide extra flavour and texture. This leads immediately to an exploration of the different ways that trahana (a pasta-like staple made from flour and yoghurt that is formed into a dough and then grated to form the pebbly pasta) can be made and the difference between sweet trahana and sour trahana and lenten trahana.Every recipe is fully detailed and the cultural setting is explained. The ingredients and their sources are also discussed so that we can understand what contribution each make to the flavour and texture of the dish.
-- Food Lover's Cookbook
And the dancing
Imam Baildi Imam Baildi were formed in 2005 by brothers Orestis and Lysandros Falireas, who started sampling and remixing Greek tunes of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.
Imam’s sound is like injecting a Greek band of the 1950’s into a modern sound system. To begin with, take samples from old Greek tunes and Balkan music. Base them on a solid rhythm section with live percussion & drums and sampled hip hop, rumba and samba beats.
Mix all that with live Balkan sax, clarinet, trumpet and bagpipe solos. Add rembetiko inspired bouzouki parts and gipsy guitar riffs, an MC warming up the crowd with his uplifting flows and female vocals that cross the boundaries of old-style Greek singing and modern hip-hop. And there you have it: Imam Baildi playing live. It’s expressly done to get everyone dancing.
-- Bandpage for Iman Buildi
That's just for starters.