Akathistos

Jouissance explores the dialogue between Ancient Chant and Contemporary Culture

In the beautiful acoustics of Trinity Chapel, creating their usual imaginative sound palette, including the glorious sounds of the Federation Orchestral Bells, members of Jouissance will interweave with a more orthodox voice, that of the very talented Byzantine Chanter - Petros Kyriakou - a voice from another world. Immerse yourself in a sonic bath of pleasurable delights.

The Akathistos Hymn - a massive work of the Byzantine Rite
This intensely beautiful set of melismatic chant in praise of the Virgin Mary, has multi-layered text rich in imagery. Thought to have been composed in the 6th Century, its various poetic genres hint at even earlier liturgies of the Church. An epic work of Byzantine Art, the Akathistos Hymn transcends the everyday world and transports the spirit into a state of rapture.

"It is unlikely there is any other body, at least in this country, making the same fascinating sounds with such skill, insight and ability to move the spirit as Jouissance." The Age

".the ethereal music was an engrossing experience." The Australian

Akathistos Fragments

This intensely beautiful set of melismatic chant in praise of the Virgin Mary, has multi-layered text rich in imagery. Thought to have been composed in the 6th Century, its various poetic genres hint at even earlier liturgies of the Church. An epic work of Byzantine Art, the Akathistos Hymn transcends the everyday world and transports the spirit into a state of rapture. Jouissance share a fascination with the mysticism, sensuality and rapture found in the works of Hildegard of Bingen, Peter Abelard and the Byzantine Rite. Improvisation is one of the elements used to site the exploration in an 'unstable' environment, encouraging new insights and glimpses of other possible readings of the ancient work in a contemporary framework.


AkathistosCD

Akathistos Fragments

Jouissance released a new CD entitled through the ABC in 2005 entitled Akathistos Fragments.

Deborah Kayser - soprano;
Jerzy Kozlowski - bass-baritone;
Anne Norman ­ shakuhachi;
Peter Neville ­ percussion;
Nick Tsiavos ­ double bass/artistic director

Recorded 8-9 July 2004
Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcasting Corporation¹s Southbank Centre, Melbourne
ABC CLASSICS ABC 476 8064 [78.59]

Review by Robert Hugill

Akathistos Fragments may be purchased through ABC shops or online through ABC or Buywell