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ÍASIS _Healing Music with the Lyre
Gentle Asclepius, the godlike healer of all mortal sickness — Pindar, Pythian Ode 3 (5th century BCE)
ÍASIS music album features healing music based on the ancient Greek modes and inspired by the long-forgotten knowledge of the ancient Greeks to soothe the human soul (psychē) and heal our bodies. Under the art direction of Nikolaos Koumartzis, SEIKILO affiliate artists Lina Palera & Evagoras Bekiaris joined forces to produce something truly unique.
_In a nutshell
_ancient world music _healing sounds _ancient Greek modes _soothing sounds
_About the Greek God-Hero of Healing
Asclepius (Asklēpiós in Greek) is a hero and a god within ancient Greek mythology. A true son of Apollo and Coronis, he represents the healing aspect of all the medical arts. Asclepius had five daughters, known as Asclepiades: Hygieia, Iaso or íasis, Aceso, Aegle, and Panacea. Asclepius is intertwined with other deities like the Roman/Etruscan god Vediovis and the Egyptian Imhotep. One of his epithets, “Paean,” is shared with Apollo and signifies “the Healer.” The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. The practitioners who devoted themselves to Asclepius were known as the Therapeutae of Asclepius. This music album is dedicated and inspired by Asclepius, the most powerful ancient world symbol of medicine to this day.
one_ íasis, the Healing Process (in Dorian mode)
two_ Asclepius, the God of Medicine (in Aeolian mode)
three_ Hygieia (in Phrygian mode)
four_ Aceso (in Lydian mode)
five_ Aegle (in Aeolian mode)
six_ Panacea (in Aeolian & Mixolydian mode)
seven_ Vediovis, the Etruscan (in Hypolydian mode)
eight_ Imhotep, the Egyptian (in Lydian mode)
nine_ Paean, the Healer (in Aeolian mode)
ten_ Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder (in Hypodorian mode)
eleven_ Psychē (in Minor Harmonic Scale)
twelve_ Mother Coronis (in Hypophrygian mode)
Nikolaos Koumartzis _concept design & art direction
Lina Palera _ancient lyre
Evagoras Bekiaris _audio mix & music production
Art Direction Nikolaos Koumartzis
Production, Mixing, Mastering Evagoras Bekiaris
Supported by LUTHIEROS Musical Instruments
Special thanks to SEIKILO Ancient World Music Channel
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< In Classical Greece, the concept of support & guidance by a more experienced elder was prominent. In Ancient Rome, the support took many more forms, including financial. The latter became crucial for artists in medieval and Renaissance Europe. In James Barry's painting titled "The Education of Achilles," we see Achilles being guided by centaur Cheiron (oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art). His patron Edmund Burke —an Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher— played a crucial role in helping J. Barry keep creating masterpieces.
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Zelnick-Abramovitz, R. (2000). Did Patronage Exist in Classical Athens?, L'Antiquité Classique, Année 2000, 69.
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