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“SOUNDS OF THE MUSES: Musical journeys through the material testimonies of the past”. Isis Mouza

Continuing the series of musical performances “SOUNDS OF THE MUSES: Musical journeys through the material testimonies of the past”, in the exhibition rooms of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, with the aim of highlighting the collections to the accompaniment of music. The cycle, under the general title of “SOUNDS OF THE MUSES: Musical journeys through the material testimonies of the past”, includes hour-long performances of works and improvisations, by solo instruments or small groups of musicians, “commenting on” selected exhibits.

In the second musical tour, cellist Isis Mouza meets Isis, the great fertility goddess of the Egyptian pantheon, in the Museum Sculpture Collection. The statue of Isis, together with that of the Egyptian god Sarapis, was found at Gortyn in Crete, in the ruins of the “Temple of the Egyptian Gods”, and is dated to the late 2nd cent. AD. Isis holds a small ritual bucket, or in other versions the horn of plenty, symbolising the good things she freely bestows on humans. Her crown, the basileion, bears the solar disc between two horns. Her garments, as literary sources attest, were multicoloured, symbolising the rhythmic alternations of light and dark, fire and water, life and death. The rhythm of all these changes is provided by the characteristic musical instrument of the goddess, the sistrum.

Isis Mouza will improvise in front of the goddess Isis, who shakes her sistrum, regulating the ebb and flood of the life-giving waters of the Nile, in an act of prayer and thanks for the miracle of earthly life.

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 18:30 – 19:30

Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Room ΧΧVΙΙ

Isis Mouza, cello.