Time Traveling With Sappho – A Love-Song Cycle

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Cover and book/CD packaging design: Virginia Cahill; photo of marble head of Sappho – credit: Carole Raddato ; Co-Produced with WordSpace Publications

Two Gems in a Jewel Case:

Lyric poems by Sappho set to original music by Jeri Hilderley for guitars, marimba and voice, presented in a CD jewel case with a full color, 32 page collectors’ book, which includes lyrics, artwork, reproductions of original Greek papyri of Sappho’s lyric poetry, and more. Translations are by Pulitzer Prize nominee Konstantinos Lardas.

Excerpt:

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From the gem inside “two gems in a jewel case”
Booklet design: Virginia Cahill; produced by WordSpace Publications

The complete slideshow is available as a backdrop to an interpretive dance performance of Time Traveling With Sappho.

 

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(Photo: Rain Bengis)

Contact The SeaWaves: available for bookings at fundraisers, political demonstrations and events, parties, clubs, living room soirees and other venues.

Preview / purchase CD and booklet / audio: CD BABY / AMAZON

REVIEW: The Gay & Lesbian Review: “Sappho Transfigured”, by Rosemary Booth

“IT SEEMS everyone’s boarding the Sappho boat these days, eager to travel with the ancient poet and tell the world who she was. One person well qualified to be Sappho’s herald and interpreter is singer, songwriter, and musician Jeri Hilderley, who pays homage to the poet with a stirring new CD, Time Traveling with Sappho. Hilderley co-produced the album with bassist Janet Mayes, who is also her life partner, and with the help of sound engineer Bruce MacPherson.”

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“The CD is thus an amalgamation of two recordings by the same artist separated by some 35 years, and the effect is mesmerizing. ” Read more


COMMENTS

“I played it at night, and so the way it was born out that stillness of the night – the way it was born out of silence, seamlessly came into sound, gave birth to sound and then went seamlessly back to the silence that became richer because of the music that had existed there. Oh my God, the book, the music, exquisite, exquisite. The book is fantastic. Where on earth did you get all that material? I am so impressed, amazed, my jaw has dropped all the way down to Tasmania. Oh God it is so beautiful. The two of you, just to think of you making music together. It reminded me also of some Indian texts and prayers from the same time as Sappho.”
–Padma Hejmadi, author of novels, short stories and non-fiction. Her works include Room to Fly: A Transcultural Memoir, Birthday Deathday & Other Stories, and The Challenge of Indian Fiction in English. Her time has been mainly spent between India, the U.S, and Moku O Keawe, or the Big Island of Hawaii.

“One gorgeous, beautiful piece of music. Your voice at 77, as you’ve acknowledged in your notes, is more beautiful than ever. We’ve long had the cassette that has the song, “Does Anybody in this Town Like Dancing?” But your voice has grown with an enormous resonance, a voice of a person who has profoundly experienced love, lost love, gained love and it’s all there in the music, and we find it extraordinary. You’ve done a great service to Gus and Gus’ translations, but you’ve done a great service to yourself. If the world has any sense, which it often doesn’t, the meaning of this piece of work will be acknowledged. We were profoundly moved by it. We love the arrangements, the performance, all the instruments, but particularly your voice. It is so resonant with a knowledge of love that it could only fail to move a stone-hearted idiot. What a beautiful thing. May it have a long life, the CD and the music.”
–Eric Lindbloom & Nancy Willard. Photographer Lindbloom is a founding member of Center for Photography in Woodstock. He has published four books of his photographs, including Salt Grass and Angels at the Arno; his work is in worldwide collections and libraries. Nancy Willard, was Professor and Lecturer at Vassar College for five decades. Her novels include Sister Water; her books of poetry include A Visit to William Blake’s Inn and The Sea at Truro.

“It is so beautiful listening to you. It’s like it was yesterday. It’s ultra beautiful. Thank you again, and again and again. It keeps Gus with us.”
–Sophia Lardas, widow of the translator, Konstantinos Lardas

“Time Traveling with Sappho is haunting; it speaks to you, gives voice to lesbian love in a way I haven’t heard said before.”
– Sue Harris, Director, Peoples Video Network.

“Very wonderful.  The instrumentation is full of complexities and beauty and at times very dark.  And Jeri’s voice seems to be very much part of this.  There were parts that reminded me of some of the new age music I will sometimes listen to and then other parts that reminded me of Laurie Anderson…all stuff I like.”
– Mika Singer, Managing Director, Parenting Now!

About Lardas’ work: “It exists in so many dimensions,…rich, slow, sluggish, languid, sensuous….” “…wonderfully rich…..”
— Austin Warren, American literary critic, author, and professor of English.

Cover and book/CD packaging design: Virginia Cahill; photo of marble head of Sappho – credit: Carole Raddato
Co-Produced with WordSpace Publications

Genesis of “Time Traveling With Sappho”

From the CD Booklet: A Slideshow

 

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