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Homeric Hymns (Visual Album)

Created by Four Larks

Adapted from ancient poems historically attributed to Homer, created with inspiration from modern translations including those by Hugh Evelyn-White, Peter McDonald, Gregory Nagy, Diane Rayor, & Sarah Ruden.

This project was supported in part by the Getty Villa Theater Lab

Additional Support from:

University of La Verne : Theatre Arts Department
The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
Network of Ensemble Theaters
Bogliasco Foundation Study Center 
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From Four Larks:

"The Homeric Hymns, among the oldest extant poems from the ancient Mediterranean, include the first stories of Demeter & Persephone, of Semele, of Dionysus & the wine-dark sea, and the cycles of the sun and moon.


Our adaptations, sounded through a prism of devotional music traditions spanning centuries and continents, draw inspiration from these ancient texts to navigate our collective responsibility to the earth and one another, to dream of what we can do together, and to cope with being apart. We recorded and edited the music alone in our bedrooms and then filmed the accompanying visuals in distanced groups over five days in an empty Getty Villa; creating a lasting testament to the pause on live performance during the pandemic. In this multimedia experiment, we seek new modes of congregation and resound these primordial praise songs to the gods as we need them today. "

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Produced by Four Larks – Artistic & Music Director Mat Sweeney, Production & Design Director Sebastian Peters-Lazaro 

Assistant Director & Producer: Miranda Peters-Lazaro

Line Producer: Xiaoyue Zhang

Music Produced by Matt Orenstein (Mixing), Mat Sweeney (Music Direction), & James Vitz-Wong (Editing, Engineering, & Additional Mixing)

Recorded by the performers at their homes, facilitated by James Vitz-Wong 

Mastered by Brendan Byrnes

Editor – Christin Turner

Assistant Editors – Sebastian Peters-Lazaro & Mat Sweeney

Color Correction – Matteo Saradini

2nd Camera – Elijah Garcia

Assistant Camera – Ari Nevarez

Second Assistant Director – Joe Garrity

Assistant Production Manager – Crystal Gehr

Filming Audio Facilitator – James Vitz-Wong, with Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Production Assistants –  Gezelle Barajas, Nicholas Ceballos, Anthony Lezama, Robby Meredith, Victoria Tavera

Additional Costume Construction: Ashphord Jacoway, Miranda Tejeda

Wardrobe Assistant: Ashphord Jacoway

Additional Make-Up Artists – Maria AbreuHannah Coyoc,  Jake C. Barber, & Rachel Lorsch

Additional Hairstylist – Chloe-nil Acerol

Complete Credits
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