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Romeiko Ensemble was formed in 1992 by Dr. Yorgos Bilalis with the specific purpose of performing authentic interpretations of Byzantine Chant from the Medieval and Ottoman eras. The ensemble is comprised of selected musicians skilled in historical and improvisational performance practice and trained to read the parasemantiki (Byzantine musical notation.) Learn More




Today, upon the Cross: The Ninth Royal Hour and Apokathelosis Services of Good Friday as celebrated at Hagia Irene, Istanbul. Hagia Irene is a smaller and older church than Hagia Sophia, and it became the palace church--the church of the Emperor and his family--after the construction of Hagia Sophia by Justinian. It was restored by Constantine V in the 8th century following earthquake damage, and was decorated with frescoes and mosaics. The service of the Holy Hours has its origin in the palace church, a "royal" service and on Holy Friday, the Royal Hours included the Emperor and his family. This production by Romeiko Ensemble, based on manuscript transcriptions by Ioannes Arvanitis, recreates the Royal Hours services of Holy Friday on CD and re-enacts the service on high-definition digital disc. The chant from the original 13th century manuscripts in the collection of the National Library in Athens. Learn More




The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil in Mode Plagal II This second recording of the Divine Liturgy by Romeiko Ensemble brings to contemporary audiences a classic arrangement by one of the Byzantine Maistores (Byzantine Masters of composition), that of Ioannes Kladas in Mode II Plagal. Kladas (a contemporary of Ioannes Koukouzelis) was the most prominent master musician of the Great Church in the 14th Century. The recording includes the hymns of the Liturgy in their entirety, along with the Anapora hymns of St. Basil's Liturgy, the Creed and two Terrirem. This undertaking is once again made possible by the scholarship of Ioannes Arvanitis in transcribing the original medieval manuscripts, and Romeiko Ensembles world renown ability to perform Byzantine Chant in an authentic manner true to the original arrangements. Learn More





 

Terrirem; Mode II, post-Byzantine melody rendition of Ioannes Koukouzelis (13th century).
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Byzantine chant is the liturgical music form of the so-called “Greek” Eastern Rite Churches. Early Byzantine chant was the original form of liturgical music in the Christian Church, developing from the interplay of Greek music forms and the early Christian Biblical and Semitic tradition. Learn more.



Mar. 21, 2011
Romeiko Ensemble announces the release of two new productions. The first, "Today, upon the Cross" is a CD/DVD production of the hymnology of Holy Friday as celebrated at Hagia Irene (the palace church) in Constantinople during the medieval Byzantine period. The second "Eucharist: The Divine Liturgy of St Basil" is the medieval composition of this Lenten Liturgy by Ioannis Kladas, Byzantine master.
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Dec. 21, 2007
Romeiko Ensemble performs Byzantine and Ottoman music at American Community School in Athens, Greece.
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Oct. 1, 2007
Romeiko Ensemble releases Byzantine Christmas CD and book
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March 22, 2007
Romeiko Ensemble records CD for ELEFTHEROS TYPOS in Athens
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Dec. 13, 2006
Romeiko Ensemble Performs at National Library of Greece in Athens
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Oct. 22, 2006:
Romeiko Ensemble re-releases Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom-Mode 1.
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Sept. 30, 2006:
Romeiko Ensemble and Liturgica.com sign distribution agreement.
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