Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet Available on Bandcamp

The first album from Cult of Orpheus, described as “fervently beautiful” by Willamette Week, is now available for download, and limited edition compact disc!

Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet includes the twelve-movement setting of The Emerald Tablet for vocal quartet and string quartet, three settings of early Buddhist verse for baritone and piano, four poems in the Sufi tradition for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, and harp, and two of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus for baritone, cello, and guitar.

On June 23 come celebrate our new album!

Our album release is almost here! Tickets are on sale now. You can also RSVP on our Facebook Event.

It has been a joyful journey watching our first album take shape. Our troupe singers have brought not only their vocal talents but also their emotions and artistic insights to rehearsals and sessions. The instrumentalists on the record are some of the best from the Portland indie classical scene. And with each run-through, the meaning of the words has deepened for us: the transformational power of spiritual alchemy, the sublime detachment of the Buddha’s teachings, the ecstatic love of Sufi Islam, and the transcendent symbolism of Rilke’s verse.

Please join us June 23, 2018, for the release of Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet, at the Taborspace Sanctuary (5441 SE Belmont St., Portland). Tickets are selling, reserve yours today!

Emerald Tablet Kickstarter

We are two days into a kickstarter to create a professional recording of our original musical setting of The Emerald Tablet.

Help us reach our goal and make this record happen! We have to meet the goal this month, and it’s all-or-nothing. There are many perks available including the recording itself, an Emerald Tablet poster, tickets to the record release concert and a Cult of Orpheus T-shirt.

Thank you for the support!

Emerald Tablet Kickstarter

Seeking singers for “Emerald Tablet” concert at The Old Church Nov. 28

Cult of Orpheus will be presenting a program of new vocal music at 7:30 pm on Nov. 28 at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland.

The program will feature a new work for vocal quartet and string quartet (a setting of the classic text of Hermetic mysticism, The Emerald Tablet), excerpts from an opera in progress, and selected original art-songs.

The performance will feature a baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano, and soprano.

We are also looking for a variety of chamber instruments (string quartet, winds, and percussion).

If you are interested, please send a message to Christopher via music (at) cultoforpheus.org.

Event info and details will be updated frequently on our Facebook event page.

New Live Recording: Venus Novena for String Quartet

“Venus Novena” is a single-movement short work for string quartet, written to accompany aesthetic pole dance.

A live performance at Star Theater Portland was recorded on December 16, 2016. The dance was performed by Nikki Diesel. The music is played by Nick Shaddow (viola), Betsy Goy (cello), Chris Fotinakis (violin) and Sharon Cannon (violin).

Now available on our Soundcloud channel: