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Time Traveling With Sappho: A Love Song Cycle

by The Seawaves

Lyric poems by Sappho set to passionate and playful music by Jeri Hilderley for guitars, marimba and voice, in a CD jewel case with a full color 32 page collectors' book inside. An elegant and sensuous gift.
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About: Time Traveling with Sappho: A Love-Song Cycle
Fifteen poem fragments by the great Ancient Greek lyricist Sappho are woven into a love-song cycle, an amalgamation of two versions; one hand-scored, performed and recorded in the late 70s; the other Finale-scored and recorded through Pro Tools in 2014 and 2015. The poems are translated by Pulitzer Prize nominee, Konstantinos Lardas.

About Lardas' work: "It exists in so many dimensions, ... rich, slow, sluggish, languid, sensuous ...."
-- Austin Warren, American literary critic, author, and professor of English

"Time Traveling with Sappho is haunting; it speaks to you, gives voice, to lesbian love in a way I haven't heard said before."
-- Sue Harris, Director, Peoples Video Network

About Jeri's music: "... ethereal, sensuous, and teasing, the songs are romantic, whimsical, yearning, and fun."
-- Merry Gangemi, Producer, Host, Woman-Stirred Radio, Radio Goddard, WGDR


Bio info on Jeri Hilderley:
Notes on the making of Time Traveling with Sappho: A love-song cycle.

"After I released my first album Jeritree’s House of Many Colors (1978) within which I had interwoven a series of songs expressing woman, in the first person, as fertile, spiritual, intuitive, and passionate overseer of life and death forces, I felt ready to compose and perform a longer work for voice, guitar and marimba. Then in 1979, my longtime good friend, Konstantinos Lardas, esteemed Greek poet and professor at City College of New York, gifted me with the manuscript of his translations from the original Greek of my beloved Muse, sharing her living spirit through his impassioned translations. I too was ready to relish Sappho’s poetry and sing it back to her.

Just as I had, in my earlier years as a sculptor, incorporated individual pieces in Theater Sculpture Dramas, seeing them as ritual “characters” within unfolding scenes of connecting themes, I merged together Sappho’s fragments, lyric poems of varying length and mood, into individual songs becoming one expressive intent, one long, love-song cycle.

Time Traveling with Sappho is an amalgamation of two versions of the song cycle: one hand-scored, performed and recorded in the late 70s; the other Finale-scored, and recorded through Pro-tools in 2014 and 2015. The earlier version features my 40 year-old singing voice as I played marimba and acoustic guitar. The present version has my 77 year-old voice, accompanied by acoustic guitar, electric bass, key-board generated pan flute, organ and harp, with embellishments of finger cymbals, and children’s voices. These two versions of the song-cycle are interwoven, in a palimpsest layering, sometimes heard simultaneously and sometimes having their own space-time prominence.

My partner, bassist Janet Mayes, and I rehearsed and massaged the new version until the songs became incantations, spiritual renewals, hallowing out a meaningful, deep space within and around us."

Background of Jeri's music

Jeri’s music has roots in many art forms. Though she studied piano, marimba and voice from a young age through college, her song writing and singing career only took off after a first career as sculptor and a second with her 60’s involvement in anti-war, collective theater groups. She then became active in the Women’s Music Network of the 70s performing extensively and recording (A Few Loving Women and Jeritree’s House of Many Colors) on her own Seawave Recordings label, enjoying world-wide exposure.

After teaching music and writing in New York City public schools and colleges for 20 years, she continues to compose and sing solo as well as with small ensembles that work out of her Manhattan recording studio. Her colorful and textural compositions and mixes, showing that early sculptor’s hand, also have a dramatic drive; a novel, poetry, plays and analytical writings have been published in Chicago Review and Peoples’ Theater in America and by New Victoria, Mari, 1990.

“…When you enter it is clear there is someone come, no longer a woman, not wiry warm quick flesh but a makeshift holy artifact moving on the blank face of the dark as on a river…” - Marge Piercy, poet “Jeriann’s Hands,” Hard Loving, Wesleyan University Press, l969

“To hear Jeri sing is like being re-born in music. She reminds us of things forgotten, and things still to yield shape … a true and living artist, soaring and disciplined, angry and healing, new and age-old. To label what she does is to confine it.” - Padma Hejmadi, author

About Jeritree's House of Many Colors:
“The music is avant-garde, improvisational as well as compositional…One might call it “classical,” another “jazz.” It could be either or both, but I think it defies classification…” - Kay Gardner, composer Paid My Dues

“To hear the songs of Jeri is to be carried out of oneself into some wholly new and remarkable time and place. There is no one like her, and no one now writing songs whose work stays with me the way hers does.” - Nancy Willard, author

“Her songs are playful yet fierce and unflinching, dark yet idealistic…” - Jerome Badanes, author

About 12 Meditations:
“The 12 Meditations are beautiful! We loved the songs and instrumentation and fell under their spell.” - E. and N. Lindbloom, writer and photographer

"Perhaps the most original and unique instrumental and vocal sounds you will ever hear. The songs are captivating and so creative. We highly recommend this CD and guarantee that you don't have anything else like it in your CD collection." - Cris and Beth Bengis.

About Talking Truth:
“The mixing really is an accomplishment….What wonderful instrumental ensembles you work with; the flute, clarinet and sax sound so well together with your voice, as well as the really clever marimba and vibes touches.” - Sorrel Hayes, opera composer

“The cd is very much an ode to love….One of the nicest aspects: women and love for women.…The painfulness of love lost is a commonality. I will listen to the cd often." - Kathy Durkin, journalist and political analyst/activist

“I am so impressed with your cd. I understand a (small) bit of what it takes to put that all together and it is really unbelievable.” - Jodi Miller, graphic designer

"Jeri Hilderley is Woman-Stirred!" Woman-Stirred Radio

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