Monday, July 23, 2007

Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic: Old Songs

Old Songs @ Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic, Langsdale Auditorium, July 22, 2007, Baltimore, MD

Old Songs takes ancient Greek texts and sets their English translations to music. With mandolin, guitar, banjo and percussion the words of Sappho, Archilochos, Hipponax, Alcman and Alcaeus are sung as old-time Americana tunes. The profound wisdom and simplicity of the surviving fragments of Sappho are a natural fit for the near Shaker Hymn-like quality of Old Songs' melodic lines. This strange combination of old an ancient yields a strange and attractive beauty.

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