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Hydraion : In praise of water (site specific live performance)

by Ros Bandt (2019)

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Work Overview

"HYDRAION: In Praise of Water

Water is the world's most vital substance, essential for all life on earth.

This concert is dedicated to our respect for it, that we will not pollute it, over use it or misuse it. The health of us all depends on it. This ancient wisdom heard in the texts of Homer, Diodorus and Hesiod, frame original luxuriant sounding works by internationally renowned composer/performer Ros Bandt.

She has created this site specific programme especially for ANIMART here in Hydra (the name derived from the Greek word for water), a reference to the natural springs on the island) together fascinating underwater recordings, new works on environmental themes of endangered birds together with the ancient myth of Hydra though her metamorphic instrument the tortocopus, the ancient Greek Lyre coupled with a mbira octopus.

Historical flutes, ancient texts, percussion and goatbells will dissolve in this watery wonderland ending in the words for water in many languages, calling for us all to work together to care for this precious and endangered substance, WATER."

Work Details

Year: 2019

Duration: 45 min.

A sound performance for ANIMART FESTVAL June 22-3, 2019. Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion, Hydra, Greece


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