"As keepers of their cultural heritage,they interprete it in a contemporary
their sound finding fertile soil in the new generations.A combination of rural and archaic
paganism,fefined Byzantine vocality,and sound of the hypercivilized world. Evocative and
timeless music,a modern sound of an ancient people.Epic and mythical power of sound,archaic
and mysterious beauty."
II Picollo (7 July 1996)
"Anastasia on the soundtrack "Before the Rain" create a mediative,melancholic and
beautiful musical progress.Modern electronics and church choir merge together with
traditional instruments as the gaida,wooden flute and drums.
A radically original band which in this music combine Byzantine church music,Macedonian
ethnic rhythms and modern rock."
Politiken (18 October 1996)
"Anastasia have their own musical proposition.With elements that have to do
Bizantine tradition,the Balcan music and the modern rhythms,they have overcome the
limits of the ethno music and have created a mixture of East and West.With the melodious
sounds of polyrhythmical magic that can be understood only by careful listening of their music"
Elefterotipia (14 March 1996)
"Their combinations of rural paganism and refined Byzantism
reflects the two societes
depicted in the film : The archaic,rustic countryside and the hyper-civilized city."
Le Journal du Dimanche Frederique Lallouette
"The trio's music sounds strangely timeless and evocative.The play of intive
traditional instruments such as kaval (flute) and gajda (bagpipes) stand well to the fore;
the deep baritone of the vocalist recalls the Byzantine past of Eastern Ortodox church music."
The European , Jonathan Bousfield
passionate soundtrack of Anastasia provides a powerful driving force in the film."
Variety , Deborah Young
"We are trying to develop an authentic musical language based
on the influences we
grew up with... We are not working with exhibits in an ethnological museum but with
a living tradition."
...it may seem a strange analogy,but look at the case of The Beatles.When you listen
to them,you hear England at once.When you hear to Anastasia we want you to hear
An interview for "the European"