homeric hymns visual album credits

Created by Four Larks

Adapted from ancient poems historically attributed to Homer, created with inspiration from modern translations including those by Hugh Evelyn-White, Peter McDonald, Gregory Nagy, Diane Rayor, & Sarah Ruden

hymn to dionysus (born of semele)

Hymnist (Semele / Dionysus) – Sharon Chohi Kim

Chorus Max Baumgarten, Hyosun Choi, Yvette Holzwarth, Jett Kwong Kelly, Kasper, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, Malachi Middleton, Lukas Papenfusscline, Rosanna Tavarez, James Vitz-Wong

Written by Mat Sweeney, Music by Ellen Warkentine & Mat Sweeney, Lyrics* by Jesse Rasmussen, Staged and Directed by Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, with Choreography by Hyosun Choi

Film Directed by Christin Turner, Cinematography by Loreto Di Cesare

Costume by Lena Sands, Makeup and Hair by Pamela Bjorklund, Properties Designed and Constructed by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Music: Soloists and Additional Vocal Arrangements – Sharon Chohi Kim & Lukas Papenfusscline, Chorus – Kasper, Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Jett Kwong Kelly, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Mat Sweeney, James Vitz-Wong, Percussion Performed and Arranged by James Waterman, Flutes/Piccolo Performed and Arranged by Lu Coy, Guitar and Electric Bass Performed and Arranged by Matt Orenstein, D Violone Performed and Arranged by James Vitz-Wong, Greek Recitation by Sharon Chohi Kim

hymn to gaia

Hymnists – Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Kasper, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs 

Chorus – Hyosun Choi, Lu Coy (flute), Malachi Middleton, James Vitz-Wong (bass), James Waterman (marimba)

Written by Mat Sweeney, Music by Ellen Warkentine & Mat Sweeney, Lyrics* by Jesse Rasmussen, Staged and Directed by Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, with additional movement improvisations by Hyosun Choi and Malachi Middleton

Film Directed by Christin Turner, Cinematography by Loreto Di Cesare & Elijah Garcia

Costume by Lena Sands, Makeup and Hair by Pamela Bjorklund, Properties Designed and Constructed by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Music: Vocals – Kasper, Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth (Greek recitation), & Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, with additional vocals by Lu Coy & James Vitz-Wong, Percussion/Marimba Performed and Arranged by James Waterman, Flutes Performed and Arranged by Lu Coy, Guitar Performed and Arranged by Matt Orenstein, Bass Performed and Arranged by James Vitz-Wong, Greek Recitation by Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth

hymn to demeter

Hymnist (Persphone) – Jett Kwong Kelly 

Dancer (Demeter) – Rosanna Tavarez 

Chorus – Hyosun Choi (cello), Lu Coy (flute), Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth (violin), Kasper (violin), Sharon Chohi Kim, Malachi Middleton, Theodosia Roussos (english horn), James Vitz-Wong (bass)

Written & Composed by Mat Sweeney, Lyrics* Written with Jesse Rasmussen, Staged and Directed by Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, with Select Choreography by Hyosun Choi and Movement Improvisations by Roseanna Tavarez 

Film Directed by Christin Turner, Cinematography by Loreto Di Cesare

Costume by Lena Sands, Makeup and Hair by Pamela Bjorklund, Properties and Harvest Headpeices Designed and Constructed by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Headpieces for Demeter & Persephone Designed and Constructed by Katherine M. Clark

Music: Vocals by Jett Kwong Kelly, Additional Vocals by Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Kasper, Sharon Chohi Kim, Matt Orenstein, Lukas Papenfusscline, Theodosia Roussos, James Vitz-Wong, Guzheng Performed and Arranged by Jett Kwong Kelly, Violins and Violas Performed and Arranged by Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Bass, Programming, and Additional String Arrangements by Matt Orenstein , Cello by Prudence Rees-Lee, Percussion Performed and Arranged by James Waterman, Preliminary String Arrangements Developed with Danny Echevarria & Prudence Rees-Lee, Greek Recitation by Theodosia Roussos

Harvest Sequence Orchestrated by Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, and played by Lu Coy (Flute), Theodosia Roussos (English Horn), Matt Orenstein (Bass), and Prudence Rees-Lee (Cello)

hymn to helios

Dancer (Helios) – Malachi Middleton 

Hymnists – Mat Sweeney & Lisa Salvo (vocals), James Waterman (vibraphone)

Written by Mat Sweeney, Music by Ellen Warkentine & Mat Sweeney, Lyrics* by Jesse Rasmussen, Staged and Directed by Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, with Movement Improvisations by Malachi Middleton in consultation with Hyosun Choi

Film Directed by Christin Turner, Cinematography by Loreto Di Cesare

Costume by Lena Sands, Makeup and Hair by Pamela Bjorklund, Properties Designed and Constructed by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Wheel Fabricated and Designed with Alan Tollefson

Music: Vocals by Mat Sweeney & Lisa Salvo, Vibraphones Performed by James Waterman, Clarinets Performed and Arranged by Ellen Warkentine, Additional Percussion Performed and Arranged by James Waterman, Bass Performed and Arranged by Matt Orenstein, Guitar Performed and Arranged by Philip Graulty, Trombones Performed and Arranged by Tom Peyton, Greek Recitation by Mat Sweeney

hymn to dionysus (the liberator)

Hymnist (Helmsman) – Lukas Papenfusscline

Dancer (Dionysus) – Max Baumgarten

Chorus – Hyosun Choi, Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth (violin), Kasper (percussion)

Malachi Middleton, Theodosia Roussos (oboe), James Vitz-Wong (bass)

Written & Composed by Mat Sweeney, Staged and Directed by Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, with additional Choreography by Hyosun Choi

Film Directed by Christin Turner, Cinematography by Loreto Di Cesare

Costume by Lena Sands, Makeup and Hair by Pamela Bjorklund, Properties Designed and Constructed by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Music: Vocals – Lukas Papenfusscline, Additional Vocals – Yvette Corelia Holzwarth, Kasper, Theodosia Roussos, Violins & Viola Performance and Additional Arrangements by Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Clarinet Performed and Arranged with Ellen Warkentine, Oboe Performed by Thoeodosia Roussos, Bass, Synth, Additional Programming and Additional String Arrangements by Matt Orenstein, Vibraphone & Percussion Performed and Arranged by James Waterman, Guitar Performed and Arranged by Philip Graulty, Harmonium Performed and Arranged by Tom Peyton, Preliminary String Arrangements Developed with Danny Echevarria & Prudence Rees-Lee, Additional Vocals for the Coda Performed and Arranged with Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Lisa Salvo, Ellen Warkentine, Greek Recitation by Lukas Papenfusscline

hymn to selene

Hymnist – Kasper

Dancer – Hyosun Choi

Composed by Mat Sweeney with Lyrics* by Jesse Rasmussen

Film Created and Directed by Christin Turner, Cinematography by Loreto Di Cesare

Movement Improvisations by Hyosun Choi

Costume by Lena Sands, Makeup and Hair by Pamela Bjorklund, Properties Designed and Constructed by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Music: Vocals by Kasper, Vibraphone Performed by James Waterman, Bass, Synth and Additional Programming by Matt Orenstein, Guitar Performed and Arranged by Philip Graulty, Violas Performed and Arranged by Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Greek Recitation by Kasper

hymn to xenoi

Hymnists – Joanna Lynn-Jacobs (soloist), Sharon Chohi Kim, Hyosun Choi, Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Jett Kwong Kelly, Malachi Middleton (featured movement)

Composed by Mat Sweeney & Ellen Warkentine with Lyrics* by Jesse Rasmussen, Staged and Directed by Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, with additional Choreography by Hyosun Choi

Film Directed by Christin Turner, Cinematography by Loreto Di Cesare

Costume by Lena Sands, Makeup and Hair by Pamela Bjorklund, Properties Designed and Constructed by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Music: Vocals – Joanna Lynn-Jacobs (soloist), Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Kasper, Sharon Chohi Kim, Jett Kwong Kelly, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Matt Sweeney, James Vitz-Wong, Ellen Warkentine Guitar Performance and Arrangements, Additional Programming by Matt Orenstein, Guzheng Performed and Arranged by Jett Kwong Kelly, Field Recording by Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, Guitar arrangement originally developed with Danny Echevarria, Greek Recitation by Joanna Lynn-Jacobs

Produced by Four Larks – Artistic & Music Director Mat Sweeney, Production & Design Director Sebastian Peters-Lazaro 

Assistant Director & Producer: Miranda Peters-Lazaro

Line Producer: Xiaoyue Zhang

Music Produced by Matt Orenstein (Mixing), Mat Sweeney (Music Direction), & James Vitz-Wong (Editing, Engineering, & Additional Mixing)

Recorded by the performers at their homes, facilitated by James Vitz-Wong 

Mastered by Brendan Byrnes

Editor – Christin Turner

Assistant Editors – Sebastian Peters-Lazaro & Mat Sweeney

Color Correction – Matteo Saradini

2nd Camera – Elijah Garcia

Assistant Camera – Ari Nevarez

Second Assistant Director – Joe Garrity

Assistant Production Manager – Crystal Gehr

Filming Audio Facilitator – James Vitz-Wong, with Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Production Assistants – Gezelle Barajas, Nicholas Ceballos, Anthony Lezama, Robby Meredith, Victoria Tavera 

Costume Construction and Wardrobe Assistant – Ashphord Jacoway

Costume Construction – Miranda Tejeda 

Additional Make-Up Artists – Maria Abreu, Hannah Coyoc, Jake C. Barber, & Rachel Lorsch

Assistant Hair Stylist – Chloe-nil Acerol 

Passages of the original texts of the Homeric Hymns were selected and recited in consultation with Dr. Kathryn Morgan (UCLA Classics Department)

This project was supported in part by the Getty Villa Theater Lab:

Executive Producers – Anna Woo, Laurel Kishi & Ralph Flores,  Senior Education Specialist – Dr. Shelby Brown, Technical Production – Heather Alvear, Christopher Jeong, Marvin Jones, Events Manager – Heather Leisy, Events Coordinator – Aaron Lee Harvey

With additional support from:

University of La Verne : Theatre Arts Department (Technical Director/Producer Alan Tollefson, and Associate Professor Tom Ontiveros) and the Digital Media Department (Associate Professor Morgan Sandler)

The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture (Sharon E. J. Gerstel, Director)

Network of Ensemble Theaters NET/TEN Summer Virtual Exploration Grant

Additional Post-Production work was done by Mat Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro as Fellows at the Bogliasco Foundation Study Center 

Special Thanks to:

Corby Baumgarten, Regan Baumgarten, Patricia Garza, Sharon E.J. Gerstel, Davina Moss, Mary Papenfuss, Martin Perret, Andrea Peters, Robyn & Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, Jim & Jenise Sweeney, Craig & Anne Turner, Alan Toleffson

UCLA Department of Classics, The Make-Up Designory