Convergence is proud to announce an exhibition of music & photography from Jason Hamacher’s Lost Origin Sound Series, and forthcoming book, Aleppo, Syria: Witness to an Ancient Legacy. From 2005-2010, Jason was granted unprecedented access to the Syrian city of Aleppo and was able to document the apex of Syria’s modernization as well as the last remnants of ancient traditions before the eruption of civil war. Many of the people and places that appear have passed on, vanished, or been destroyed.
The Syriac Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Christian institutions to read, write, and worship in the Syriac language, an ancient eastern dialect of Aramaic and the language spoken by Jesus Christ. The Edessian School of liturgy is the oldest form of Syriac Orthodox worship dating back to the poetry of St. Ephrem (303-373 CE) and the melodies of the Gnostic, Bardaisan (154–222 CE). Both men lived in ancient Edessa, present day Urfa, Turkey. These works have been passed down orally through the centuries and are collectively known as the Beth Gazo, or treasury of chants. The clergy of St. George’s Syriac Orthodox Church are the last people on earth to perform these largely unknown rituals.
Lost Origin Productions has been granted permission from the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Embassy of Syria in Washington D.C. to record these sacred songs. For more information visit www.ourconvergence.org and www.lostorigins.com