Two musicology lectures will be presented in conjunction with the Boston Byzantine Music Festival.
Friday, November 13, 2015, at 2:00pm: Ivan Moody, The Byzantine Octopus, or the Ramifications of Musical Traditions
Composer, conductor, and musicologist Ivan Moody will present “The Byzantine Octopus, or the Ramifications of Musical Traditions.” Extending throughout musical history like the tentacles of an octopus, Byzantine chant in its various forms and its descendants have provided starting points for composers of polyphonic music. Dr. Moody reflects on the surprisingly persistent influence of Byzantine and other Orthodox chant traditions in the work of a number of contemporary composers, including Michael Adamis, Arvo Pärt, Alexander Raskatov, John Tavener, and Dr. Moody himself.
Saturday, November 14, at 10:00am: Panayotis League, Myth, Mimesis, and Mimicry: Rebetic and Byzantine Echoes in Traditional Greek Music
Ethnomusicologist Panayotis League will present “Myth, Mimesis, and Mimicry: Rebetic and Byzantine Echoes in Traditional Greek Music.” The lecture examines the role Greek Orthodox liturgical music and the syncretic urban genre rebetika play in the popular music of insular Greece.
Both lectures will take place in the Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room at Hellenic College Holy Cross (50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA).