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Invoking Aphrodite

by Layne Redmond

Sacred Music and Poetry of Ancient Greece fused with Mediterranean and Brazilian drumming traditions -- featuring violin, bansuri flute, frame drums and sparking vocals.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Invoking Aphrodite
5:37 $0.99
2. The Epitaph of Seikilos
7:40 $0.99
3. Hymn to the Muse
8:02 $0.99
4. The Final Delphic Oracle
7:29 $0.99
5. The Call
13:56 $0.99
6. The Ocean of Blessing
9:30 $0.99
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Album Notes

Eπικαλείσθαι Αφροδιτη

A Layne Redmond Project

Invoking Aphrodite is dedicated to Ms. Jacqueline Karageorghis, the great scholar of Cypriot Aphrodite; Evie Lanitis, whose devotion and support first brought me to Cyprus to teach the frame drum; Marina Mouyiasi and the wonderful women of MA•GAIA, who found my book, When the Drummers Were Women, and were inspired to bring the frame drumming tradition of ancient Cyprus back to life.

I – Invoking Aphrodite – 5:37

By Sappho, 7th c. BCE poet, composer and priestess of Aphrodite.

Leave Crete, Come here,
Come to the holy place
Come to the sacred grove.
Your altars are smoking with incense.
Cold water sings through the fruited trees,
Everything is shaded under the bower of roses
And from the shimmering radiance of leaves
An enchanted sleep drops down.
Here is a meadow of spring flowers
Where horses graze and a soft wind gently breaths.
Come Aphrodite, pour your nectar into our golden cups
In grace make the libation, bring your Melissaes to life.

Layne Redmond: Remo Tambourine, Clave, Spoken Word
Tadeu Mascarenhas: Synth
Tommy Be: Remo Kanjira
Vicki Richards: Violin
Greek Chorus: Katerina Attalidou, Kalliopi Christophorou, Stalo Hadjipieri, Marina Mouyiasi, Ianthi Sparsis

II - The Seikilos Epitaph – 7:41

The oldest surviving complete notated musical composition from a Greek tombstone, 2nd c. BCE. Written by Seikilos for his wife Euterpe.

As long as you live, shine, be radiant!
Let nothing grieve you beyond measure.
For your life is only too short
And time will call for you.

Layne Redmond: Remo Bodhran, Gong, Spoken Word
Vicki Richards: Violin
Manuela Rodrigues: Vocals
Greek Chorus: Katerina Attalidou, Kalliopi Christophorou, Stalo Hadjipieri, Marina Mouyiasi, Ianthi Sparsis

III - The Hymn to the Muse – 8:03

Hymn to the Muse, written and notated by Mesomedes of Crete, 2nd c. CE.

O Muse, precious one, sing to me,
Thy inspiration a prelude for my own song.
Send a breeze from your groves, vibrate my heart and mind,
O Wise Kalliopeia, leader of the golden Muses,
And you too, wise initiator into the mysteries,
Apollo, Son of Leto, be at hand, blessing me.

Tommy Be: Remo Bodhran
Tadeu Mascarenhas: Synth
Layne Redmond: Remo Tar, Spoken Word
Vicki Richards: Violin
Laurel Masse´: Vocals
Greek Chorus: Stalo Hadjipieri, Meli Michaelidou, Ianthi Sparsis

IV – The Final Delphic Oracle – 7:29

The Delphic sanctuary, whose origins date to prehistoric times and the worship of the Great Goddess, Gaia, was the site of the most famous Greek oracle. The Pythia was the title of the priestess who functioned as the medium through which Apollo spoke. This important position was filled by a series of women from at least 1400 BCE to CE 393, and exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world. The most well known of the Pythia’s sayings was Know Thyself.

In 389 CE the Roman Emperor Theodosius I ordered all pagan temples destroyed and closed.

The last Pythia declared to the Emperor in 393 CE:

Go tell the king the temple has fallen to pieces.
Apollo dwells here no more.
There is no more oracular laurel.
No talking spring.
And the voice of the water has been silenced.
All is finished.

Tommy Be: Remo Kanjira
Eduardo Mota: Pandeiro, Clave
Layne Redmond: Pandeiro, Spoken Word
Vicki Richards: Violin
Greek Chorus: Katerina Attalidou, Kalliopi Christophorou, Stalo Hadjipieri, Marina Mouyiasi, Ianthi Sparsis

V – The Call – 13:56

The calling of some of Aphrodite’s ancient epithets: Akidalia, Akraia, Alilat, Amathousia, Ambologera, Anadyomene, Antheia, Apatouria, Aphakitis, Apotrophia, Arakunthia, Areia, Argynnis, Kallipugos, Knidia, Kolias, Kyprogeneia, Kuthereia, Despoina, Dionysia, Erukiane, Gamelia, Genetullia, Hekaerge, Idalia, Limeniatis, Mekhanitis, Melainis, Melinaea, Migonitis, Morpho, Nikephoros, Pandemos, Paphia, Peitho, Syria Dea, Ourania, Zephuritis, Zerynthia

Steve Gorn: Bansuri Flute
Everton Isidoro: Pandeiro
Moises Lama: Bells
Alex Mesquita: Electric Guitar
Eduardo Mota: Tambourim
Ubaldo Oliveira: Pandeiro
Layne Redmond: Remo Tar
Vicki Richards: Violin
Paulo Silva: Surdo
Greek Chorus: Christiana Megalemou, Marina Mouyiasi, Ianthi Sparsis

VI – Ocean of Beauty – 6:20

A fragment of a Sappho poem:

You may not remember but someone in some future time, will.

Everton Isidoro: Pandeiro, Hand Claps
Tadeu Mascarenhas: Synth, Synth Bass
Eduardo Mota: Berimbau, Hand Claps
Layne Redmond: Remo Tar, Spoken Word, Hand Claps
Mariella Santiago: Vocals and Vocal Arrangements
Greek Chorus: Katerina Attalidou, Kalliopi Christophorou, Stalo Hadjipieri, Marina Mouyiasi, Ianthi Sparsis

A Layne Redmond Project

Arrangments by Tadeu Mascarenhas and Layne Redmond
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Tadeu Mascarenhas
At Casa Das Maquinas, Salvador, Brasil
Produced by Layne Redmond
Graphic Design: Nathanael Ross Ells
Special thanks to Warren Ells for his design expertise.
Photograph of Layne Redmond: Marcio Guimarães

Special thanks to Ianthi Sparsis for her preparation of the ancient Greek texts for chanting.

All Rights Reserved Layne Redmond
Golden Seed Productions, 4 Tarpon Ave, Asheville, NC 28806

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Aphrodite must be so proud of Layne Redmond
This cd of Invocations of Aphrodite is great. Drums, Chants, and sacred prayers, all together to praise the Goddess of Love!

Thanks, Layne, for your amazing work and your sacred Drum!

Blessings from Brazil,

)O( Aphrodisiastes )O(