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Aramaic Project - I

Interviews and Performances - Video List

No. 60 to 51

AP 57 - Bilingual singing of Qambel Maran.

The idea of singing the same chant in its original Syriac text and its Malayalam translation came up during my interview with the Major Archbishop, George Cardinal Alencherry, the head of the Syro Malabar Church (see Aramaic Project 60 ). 

AP 56 - Syriac melodies on the saxophone by Johny P. David

Johny P. David, a great blessing. Syriac chants on saxophone Johny P. David, who plays Syriac melodies on the saxophone, is a great blessing to the well-wishers of the Aramaic Project was well as anyone who is interested in the history of the Syriac chant repertoire in Kerala, India.

AP 56a - Sambah lesan plays on alto saxophone.

By Johny P. David

Recorded at Johny P. David's residence 26 July 2016


AP 56b - Sambah lesan

Johny P. David plays “Śambah leśān” with instrumental accompaniment.

Johny P. David presents the melody of Šambah lešān (Sing my Tongue) that we heard in solo performance in Part 56A, with the accompaniment of violin, guitars, and drums. Johny iterates the melody on Alto Saxophone, and Kiran C. P. and Stine Joseph reiterate it respectively on violin and keyboard.


AP 56c - Kollan dasne

Johny P. David plays Kollan dašne with instrumental accompaniment.

Johny P. David continues his mission of presenting his favorite Syriac melodies on Alto saxophone. In this video he plays the melody of “Kollan dašne” that used to be sung during the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sundays and special feast days in the Syro Malabar churches, until the early 1970s.


AP 56d - Qandisa alaha

Johny P. David plays Qandiśā alāhā on alto saxophone

Recorded at Johny P. David's residence 26 July 2016


AP 55 - Pre-screening comments by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal on the Aramaic Project.

Pre-screening comments by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal on the Aramaic Project at the Conference on the Music of South, Central, and West Asia. Harvard University, 4-6 March 2016.


AP 54 - Fr. Jose P Kottaram in conversation with Dr. Joseph J. Palackal.

Fr. Jose Kottaram, who immersed himself in the Syriac tradition of the Syro Malabar Church from his childhood days, gives us requiem versions of melodies for three chants: “Slīwā dahwā lan,” O dez damman,” and “Qadkāyen.” He says that he learned these melodies by listening to requiem Raza that used to be celebrated frequently during those days in his parish. This are examples of singing the same text in two different ways to create different effects in the liturgy.
Also Available Video Segment (s) - AP 54a to 54o


AP 53 - George Thaila in conversation with Dr. Joseph J. Palackal.

This is a rare, yet interesting example of singing a non-liturgical Marian devotional song in Malayalam to the melody of a popular Syriac chant. George Thaila, who was born into a musical family, recalls his early childhood experience of evening family prayer at his home at Kuninji, in the Idukki District of Kerala.


AP 52 - Mr. Sebastian Menachery in conversation with Dr. Joseph J. Palackal.

This interview is valuable, especially to musicologists and Church historians. Although not a professional musician, Sebastian Menachery reminisces, with great enthusiasm, melodies and memories from the Syro Malabar liturgy in the 1950s.
Also Available Video Segment (s) - AP 52a to 52s


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