Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | August 7, 2012

The Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir

Blog readers might remember the beautiful music of Themon the Bard’s ‘Missa Druidica’ which was performed this year by the Orpheus Choir. If not, you can learn more on the video link at the bottom of this page, and you can hear samples on the audio files further down that page.

I’ve just received a message from the Oropheus Choir, which I’m sharing here:

A Pagan Choir?

Our name comes from the Orpheus of ancient Greece: legendary muscian, poet, and prophet. He was known for such feats as being able to charm all things, even the very stones beneath his feet, with his music. As Shakespeare put it in one of our songs, Orpheus with his Lute,  Orpheus made “trees and the mountain tops that freeze, bow themselves when he did sing.”

  We are filling a very particular niche with beautiful, enchanting, and inspired music. Our communities around the world are demanding more access to art that honors ancient traditions. We are responding to that call. 

 “Do you have a CD?”

   Ever since Orpheus was founded, people have been asking, “Do you have a CD?” With your help, we’ll be able to say, “Yes, and here it is!”

   We’ve become known for our unique events: our Twelfth Night Yule Concert & Viking Feast, our programs that fuse ancient with future. Why should our CD be different? We want to make the world premiere recording of the powerful Missa Druidica, our unique covers of Mummers’ Dance, Ancient Mother, We Won’t Wait, and other favorite Orpheus tunes.

 Why We Need Your Help

   We want to record just the way you love us: live musicians doing something that seems to touch people’s souls.

   We’re over 30 voices and instrumentalists. We can’t just hole up in someone’s garage and turn on a switch. If we were in Hollywood or New York, we could find a studio large enough to hold all of us, but here in Denver we need to rent space and a satellite recording truck! And we’re not using digital instrumental sounds either. It will be all live, all real, all Orpheus. 

   There’s magic to the mix of a professional CD. We need a wizard at the console, the sound engineer who creates ambience, atmosphere, and depth. Good ones don’t come cheap! Add to that the mastering of the CD, and we have quite the endeavor!

How You Can Inspire and Contribute

  Orpheus

Orpheus has grown so fast that it’s hard to keep up with everything we’re being asked to do. We believe now’s the time for the CD people have been asking for. We humbly ask for your help to underwrite its costs.

 Please make a donation to our Indiegogo campaign! As a charitable organization, your gift to Orpheus is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. That means you subtract the value of whatever perks you receive (like tickets, our CD, or Orpheus Tote Bag) from your gift and you can deduct the rest from your taxes. Indiegogo makes it really simple: just click and go!

  Give us the chance to satisfy our Muse and you’ll become part of a cultural movement for tolerance, acceptance, and exquisite musical beauty.

TO HELP CLICK HERE


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