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Kassiani’s Hymn

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Dimitri Vassilakis makes a free version of the beautiful byzantine hymn of Kassiani, which is chanted in Orthodox Church on Holy Tuesday. Inspired by the beautiful poem written by Saint Kassiani about Magdalene embracing Christ’s dead body and speaking words of love and adoration, the renowned musician also uses rhythm section elements from his original tune “Ocean Groove” from “Parallel Lines” album (Candid Records).

Kassiani’s Hymn lyrics: “O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Thy Divinity, fulfilled the part of a myrrh-bearer; and with lamentations she brought sweet-smelling oil of myrrh to Thee before Thy burial. ‘Woe is me,’ she said, ‘for night surrounds me, dark and moonless, and stings my lustful passion with the love of sin. Accept the fountain of my tears, O Thou Who drawest down from the clouds the waters of the sea. Incline to the groanings of my heart, O Thou Who in Thine ineffable self-emptying hast bowed down the heavens. I shall kiss Thy Most Pure feet and wipe them with the hairs of my head, those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise and hid herself for fear. Who can search out the multitude of my sins and the abyss of Thy judgments, O Savior of my soul? Despise me not, Thine handmaiden, for Thou hast mercy without measure.”

Dimitris Vassilakis

An important figure in the Greek jazz scene and an internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Dimitri Vassilakis has crossed the line into the free jazz arena, offering swirling free-form improvisations and outpouring spiritual emotion.  The great tenor and soprano sax player is also a vocalist, composer, and educator with four award-winning albums via the legendary jazz label Candid Records, President of Jazz Democracy NPO, as well as founder and Director of Rhodes & South Aegean International Jazz Festival.

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Jazz Democracy https://jazz-democracy.com/
RJIF https://rhodes-international-jazz-festival.com/

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