August 23, 2014

Byzantine Chant for Christmas – Christ is born!

(Chanter is in the bottom left corner)

HT: Fr. Andrew Damick If you like Byzantine Chant (I do) you will like the hymn (in Greek) of the Nativity. What's with that hats? Actually, they are part of the tradition (see icon below the video, bottom left corner). I realize Byzantine Chant is not everyone's cup of tea, especially in Greek. Still, it's beautiful, at least to my ears. A blessed Nativity to all Observer readers. … [Read more...]

Ancient Faith Radio launches Byzantine chanting class


From Kevin Allen: Let me introduce the new Ancient Faith Radio podcast Glory To Thee: A Chanter's Workshop, with host Dr. Stephen Kouri, of Saint Luke (Antiochian) Orthodox church in Garden Grove, California. Dr Kouri is a longtime chanter and chant instructor and a trained voice musician. One of the great needs in the Orthodox Church is the edification, encouragement and training (beginner and intermediate) of our Readers and Chanters in the Byzantine chant. This podcast takes a "workshop-like" format and will train prospective chanters as well as improve upon the skills of existing chanters within the Byzantine tradition of chant. All eight irmologic and sticheraric tones will be taught and work-shopped (IE practiced) as in a live workshop-seminar format. Each program will focus on one tone and its plagal (companion). Each program will build on the other, with some theory, lots of practice and some Q & A. These programs are designed to be interactive. They are especially … [Read more...]