Bettina Joy De Guzman & Michael Levy, Thanasis Kleopas, Nikos Xanthoulis, Peter Hanna, Roberto Catalano | Athanatos

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Athanatos

by Bettina Joy De Guzman & Michael Levy, Thanasis Kleopas, Nikos Xanthoulis, Peter Hanna, Roberto Catalano

Ancient Greek, Roman, Sumerian Poetry: Lyre, voice, and drum evoke mythology and dream. (Performed and composed by Bettina Joy de Guzman, featuring Michael Levy, Nikos Xanthoulis, Thanasis Kleopas, Peter Hannah, Roberto Catalano.)
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1. Epitaph of Seikilos (feat. Michael Levy)
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:39 $0.99
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2. Hymn to Aphrodite (feat. Michael Levy)
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:12 $0.99
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3. Invocation to Aphrodite
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:59 $0.99
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4. Penelope, Lamenting
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:26 $0.99
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5. Sing Wrath, Goddess
Bettina Joy De Guzman
4:25 $0.99
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6. The Beginning
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:12 $0.99
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7. Arma Virumque Cano
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:55 $0.99
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8. Dreams
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:45 $0.99
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9. Ode to Ancient Rome: Shield of Aeneas (feat. Michael Levy)
Bettina Joy De Guzman
3:15 $0.99
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10. Circe, Enchanting
Bettina Joy De Guzman
3:20 $0.99
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11. Flow
Bettina Joy De Guzman
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12. Circe, Enchanting (English Version) [feat. Peter Hanna]
Bettina Joy De Guzman
3:23 $0.99
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13. Arma Virumque Cano (With Sicilian Bena) [feat. Roberto Catalano]
Bettina Joy De Guzman
3:11 $0.99
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14. Sirens Call
Bettina Joy De Guzman
5:40 $0.99
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15. Cosmogony
Bettina Joy De Guzman
3:37 $0.99
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16. Hymn to Pythian Apollo (Live) [feat. Thanasis Kleopas]
Bettina Joy De Guzman
2:44 $0.99
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17. Cosmogony, Fantasy
Bettina Joy De Guzman & Nikos Xanthoulis
4:23 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Homer. Sappho. Vergil. Ovid. Sumerian poetry. Myths. When goddesses wove heartbreak, hope, and life. Ancient lyre, voice, and drum evoke forgotten worlds, transporting you back to primal dreams of gods and mortals. (Performed and composed by Bettina Joy de Guzman. Featuring: Michael Levy, Nikos Xanthoulis, Thanasis Kleopas, Peter Hanna, and Roberto Catalano. Lyres by Luthieros Music Instruments.)
17 songs in Ancient Greek, Latin, Sumerian. Why? 1) epics and hymns were meant to be sung. 2) I want people to enjoy ancient poetry, explore ancient world with music. 3) Muses/music come to me, unsolicited. 4) I am sharing something different and unique. 5) undying, immortal MYTH.

Q: Why not in Tagalog?
A: Ancient Greek and Latin texts are more accessible because ancient Tagalog texts and script were essentially wiped out by colonists. Only in recent decades had there been opportunity to unearth, decipher, and piece them together. I do sing Tagalog songs, and those will be sung with proper Ancient Tagalog stringed instruments.
Q: Do you play those?
A: I have requested several relatives to ship them to me. I keep getting promises, but no delivery. Hopefully I can connect with Filipino academics or musicologists who can help me out.
Q: I thought you were Hawaiian?
A: I sing Hawaiian songs, play Polynesian instruments, perform Polynesian dances, walked Hawaii’s hikes and swam its beaches since childhood. I am more culturally Hawaiian than Filipina. But I do not feel comfortable releasing Hawaiian songs— Hawaiians are rightfully protective of their culture.
Q: How do the Greeks feel about your singing their songs?
A: Greeks are amazing, warm, welcoming people. They greeted me with open arms and said it was an honor that I wished to learn their culture and songs.
Q: You call yourself a writer, as well?
A: i write poetry, mythology. I am working on a mythology book now. It’s written— and I am working with a fabulous illustrator! It’s exciting! I’m also compiling my poetry and trying to find a good fit for its illustrations.

About the featured artists:
These artists are phenomenal. They can be found on all the major music platforms. And you can find their websites easily. I am honored to be working with such caliber.

I’m donating $2 per album to our Classics scholarship fund— to our chapter of JCL, Junior Classical League, National Latin Honors Society. No student should have to pay for buses if they cannot afford it, and every student should have the opportunity to go to museums, competitions, and see guest speakers, and shows that enrich their experience. We dream of traveling to Greece and Rome someday!

Biography:
Bettina Joy de Guzman is a multi-instrumentalist and historian who reconstructs and performs Ancient Greek Latin, and world music. She sings authentic ancient poetry and composes with historical instruments using traditional rhythms and interpretations. Previous works have been shortlisted for Grammy nomination, and included in numerous compilations and other media.

With a Master’s degree in Classics and Bachelor’s degrees in Music, Classics, English, and Psychology, her interdisciplinary knowledge and skills brings the music and rich culture of the ancient world for our sensory enjoyment. She is a performer of world dance and music, using authentic cultural practice and interpretation. Her disciplines include art history research and special collections handling. She has taught and writes about mythology. Upcoming albums include several collaborations with internationally renowned musicians.

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