The liturgy of St. James, the world’s oldest liturgy in continuous tradition, is slowly dying out as active practice. It is sung in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, and is still kept alive in a few communities in Syria, Turkey and Lebanon.
The renowned Norwegian choir SKRUK has cooperated with Erik Hillestad and Kirkelig Kulturverksted to create a collage of authentic elements of the liturgy and narrative songs in Norwegian. The songs partly reflect metaphors and expressions of faith in the ancient church, and partly tell the story of how the Syrian-Orthodox church today is being marginalized and excluded. The programme will be performed for the first time at the Oslo World Music Festival under the title “The Sound of the Sacred”, and is released on CD the same day.
Syrian-orthodox munks from one of the oldest monastery, Mar Augin in East Turkey led by Father Joachim.
With SKRUK, directed by Per Oddvar Hildre.
Duduk: Shirzad Fataliyev (Azerbayjan)
Arranged by: Siyavush Karimi og Henning Sommerro
Texts and retelling to Norwegian: Erik Hillestad