Miranda Terzopoulou: 'the Known and Unknown Domna Samiou'
[...] One of the sharpest, most intense images I have of Domna: in Monemvasia under the full moon, she is singing the songs of Sophia Vembo for a group of friends in a high spirited, relaxed manner, but one imbued with inscrutable emotions. From the overtones of that musical treat I understood then that when her great skill plays on the unknown fringes of her mood it defines more clearly the momentous nature of the task with which we have all identified her, and which she serves with such unswerving devotion that we take it for granted and often lose sight of its importance. (Indeed, why should it be taken for granted that such a voice has consecrated itself for life to the thankless field of folksong?)
When I hear Domna sing any other kind of song with that voice, giving it, even momentarily, her particular stamp, I understand the burden and significance of her choice and moreover of her sacrifice. [...]
Extract from Miranda Terzopoulou’s text ‘I have a string of hearts; I’ve laid them out in the sun’ written for the Program of the tribute concert Domna Samiou At Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall and re-published in the booklet of the CD of the same name that followed.