© Marco Borrelli

Fragments of ancient Greek music

Camilla Lopez voice and percussions
Matteo Ramon Arevalos piano, prepared piano, and percussions 

sound machines: electronic shruti box and electronic tanpura
translation transliteration of the ancient texts curated by Dimitris Soukoulis

text by Euripide (408 a.C.)
for voice and prepared piano

First Delphic Hymn to Apollo (138 a.C.)
for voice, piano, and percussions

Hymn to Nemesi
Mesomede of Creta (I century d.C.)
for voice, prepared piano, and percussions

Invocation of the Muse
Invocation of Calliope and Apollo
Mesomede of Creta
for voice, piano, and electronic shruti box

Anonimo Bellerman (III century d.C.)
for piano

Wien Papyrus G29 825
(III century a.C.)
for voice, piano, and percussions

Papyrus Zenon 59533 (III century a.C.) Papyrus Hiben 231 (III century a.C.)
for voice, prepared piano, and percussions

Epitaph of Sicilo (200 d.C.)
for voice and prepared piano

Second Delphic Hymn (128 a.C.)
text by Limenios
for voice, piano, and percussions

Berlin Papyrus 6870 (230 a.C.)
for voice and percussions

Hymn to the Sun
Mesomede di Creta
for voice, prepared piano, percussions and electronic shruti box

Take an actress who has always been in love with music, and an academically trained pianist with a passion for art and theatre; add a taste for impossible challenges, and what you get is this singular foray into ancient Greek music! These fragments, fleeting sound appearances from a very distant past (late V century BC to early III century AD), form an original musical and cultural kernel Lopez and Arevalos draw from to infuse new life into the contemporary world. Through reckless timbre choices and unprecedented vibrations, but in strict respect of the original Greek text, they string together sounds whose antique “flavour” fruitfully builds on cutting-edge ethno-musicological research encompassing the entire Mediterranean and the East.

The Programme