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Updated: Jun 13


Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies, Festival of the Muses. June 19 - 20, 2020 celebrates contemporary re-imaginings of ancient Greek culture. 


Saturday, June 20, 2:00-3:45 pm EST/

11-12:45 PST (California)

I will give a live-streamed performance, immediately followed by a panel discussion on Ancient Greek music! Please join us so you can comment!


Live Streamed on YouTube for chs.harvard.edu


Event information

https://chs.harvard.edu/CHS/article/display/7080.events


Bettina Joy de Guzman with Armand D’Angour (Oxford University), Nikos Xanthoulis (Greek National Opera), Angelo Meriani (Università di Salerno; MOISA: The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage), Andromache Karanika (University of California in Irvine), Maria G. Xanthou (Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University), Gregory Nagy (Harvard University), Theodore Koumartzis (Luthieros Music Instruments & Seikilo Museum of Ancient Music), and Sylvain Perrot (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Strasbourg).


Live solo musical performance by Bettina Joy de Guzman, followed by a discussion about ancient Greek music.


Bettina Joy de Guzman

“Sing Goddess and Queen, Muse” (Ancient Greek Music performance). Paulo Quintela Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Coimbra University. 5:30-6:30

Plenary Session 3, June 28, Friday. 

As the third and final Plenary Speaker in Celtic Conference in Classics, June 26-29 2019, Bettina Joy de Guzman performs Ancient Greek lyrics she has set to music on reconstructed lyre. The songs, as well as her poem “Lullabye of Thetis” center around the feminine characters of the Trojan War, especially that of Thetis, goddess of the sea, and mother of Achilles.


https://www.celticconferencesinclassics2019.com/conference-particulars


https://www.celticconferencesinclassics2019.com/




Updated: Jun 20

Over the past few months, I have followed the twitter feed of Bettina Joy de Guzman and I have been just overwhelmed by her kindness, her enthusiasm for the ancient world, and her talent. She released most recent album Athanatos recently and is donating a percentage directly to students.


Below are excerpts from an email she sent me about it (reproduced with her permission). If you can, purchase the album. If you can’t, post something about it on social media.


[italics are my additions; non-Italic text is her own]

What can people expect from this album?

Homer. Sappho. Vergil. Ovid. Sumerian poetry. Myths. When goddesses wove heartbreak, hope, and life. Ancient lyre, voice, and drum evoke forgotten worlds, transporting back you to primal dreams of gods and mortals. (Performed and composed by Bettina Joy de Guzman. Featuring: Michael Levy, Nikos Xanthoulis, Thanasis Kleopas, Peter Hanna, and Roberto Catalano. Lyres by Luthieros Music Instruments.)

Tell me more!

17 songs in Ancient Greek, Latin, Sumerian.

Why?

1) epics and hymns were meant to be sung. 2) I want people to enjoy ancient poetry, explore ancient world with music. 3) Muses/music come to me, unsolicited. 4) I am sharing something different and unique. 5) undying, immortal MYTH.

The following are a Q and A she gave me


To read the full interview click the link below


https://sententiaeantiquae.com/2019/04/02/deathless-classical-literature-music-and-education/