This CD is lovingly dedicated by Anastasia Chehak of Oklahoma City to her great grandfather, Nikolaos G Louizos, protopsaltes and teacher of ecclesiastical music at St Nicolaus Church in Karlovassi on the Island of Samos (1851 - December 29, 1923). Born in the town of Karlovassi on the Island of Samos in Greece, Nikolaos G Loizos was the teacher of Byzantine Chant (mousikodidaskalos) in the local music conservatory. He chanted for many years as the first chanter (protopsaltes) in the St Nicolaus Church. In this way he perpetuated the Psaltic Art by enriching Karlovassi with numerous students continuing in the sacred Byzantine chant tradition as a vibrant, living art form.
Mr Georgios K. Nagelinaras, a retied Samian chanter, shares how evidence exists to suggest that a certain Joannes K. Loizos of Neon Karlovassi is listed among the contributors to Byzantine Chant publications (Panagiotes Keltzanides’ Apanthisma (Constantinople 1861); Joannes is listed under the contributors in Alexandria, Egypt; also, a second publication is by D. Joannes Protopsaltis, Neon Mousikon Encheiridion (Constantinople 1884); by this time Joannes is back in Karlovassi) and was related to Nikolaos. This supports the fact that Nikolaos inherited a family tradition of dedication to the Psaltic Art.
The Psaltiki chanters are
Paul Bilson (Atlanta), Thomas Carroll (St Louis), Peter Elgohary (Houston) and Konstantinos Terzopoulos (Aegina Island).
Paraklesis: hymns of supplication was recorded by Psaltiki at Benton Park and Red Pill Studios in St Louis, Missouri and AlKal Studios, Lake Jackson, Texas and Aegina Island, Greece at various session during the years 2010 - 2012.
The Greek kanōnes were chanted directly from the Anastasimatarion of Konastantinos Byzantios (Constantinople 1863). The text for the kanōnes in English was taken from the translation by Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston; the melos of the Great kanōn was adapted and arranged by Peter Elgohary and the Small by K Terzopoulos.
Paraklesis was produced by Psaltiki and K Terzopoulos. Copyright by Psaltiki, Inc. © 2012. All proceeds are received by Psaltiki, Inc., a 501©(3) in the State of Florida (www.psaltiki.org). Final mastering by Jacob Detering (www.redpillonline.com).
The front cover photo of the Mother of God in Hagia Sophia, Constantinople was taken by Heidi Jonker (www.hjfotoatelier.nl), who graciously gave us permission for its use. [KT]
ISSN: 1946-7540 Copyright © 2009-2011, Psaltiki, Inc. and the Authors.