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Are there Orthodox bands?
« on: May 25, 2015, 06:24:25 PM »
I'm looking for some type of Orthodox bands to listen to, something like exotic Arabic/Middle Eastern tunes (I only have a vague idea of what I'm looking for) or nice happy jazz-classical fusion like L'Arpegiatta or even rap music (only if it has a great background tune) like Gorillaz or great experimental tunes like Radiohead. I used to like these bands but realy want to listen to Orthodox musicians.

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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 07:33:28 PM »
I used to like these bands but realy want to listen to Orthodox musicians.

No, you really don't.  ;)

Stick to liturgical music, it's much better and better for you.
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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 07:35:40 PM »
Secular musicians are just way better at rock and roll, sorry OP. :(

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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 07:52:04 PM »
Holy Blood is a Ukrainian Orthodox band that does metal in a similar vein to Finland's Moonsorrow. They're actually not bad.

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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2015, 07:53:48 PM »
exotic Arabic/Middle Eastern tunes

Fairuz, probably the most celebrated female singer in modern Arab music, happens to be Orthodox (born Syriac Orthodox, married into a Greek Orthodox family). She has a few religious albums (Christmas and Easter, I believe).

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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2015, 08:03:59 PM »
Look up Trey Spruance's work. His list of credits is long and the musical spectrum he covers is broad; you might well find something to like there.

If all else fails, there's always Katie Melua. And Lauryn Hill. ;)

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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2015, 08:33:01 PM »
This band is comprised of 3 Orthodox priests: https://luxury.bandcamp.com

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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2015, 10:49:24 PM »
I'm not Orthodox yet, although would like to be once I can (life circumstances, family concerns, social anxiety and transportation issues are what is primarily standing in my way right now).

I do like to write and record my own songs. Some of the lyrics that I'm working on at the moment do have religious themes (for example, I'm working on a Christmas composition based on this, and another piece about Prester John). Others are autobiographical or deal with social issues, current events, action-adventure or sci-fi themes. Most of my songs are fairly avant-garde, eclectic and long (like this), but not, I hope, to the extent that ordinary people would be unable to appreciate them. I don't want to come across as some kind of snob, but I don't want to just pander by writing formulaic pop songs either. There has to be some kind of balance.

I don't want to be seen as a "Christian artist" or an "Orthodox artist", though. There are a lot critiques of that whole concept that have been made lately, that I agree with. I just want to be an artist, who does what artists are supposed to do.

I'm finding that my inquiry into Orthodoxy has changed my writing style too. I'm finding myself becoming more deliberate and methodical, and not just rashly rushing in to write and record something. I pay more attention to detail and quality now. And I'm focusing more on dynamic range and subtlety, and including more classical influences.

I have no particular desire to perform live and I don't think I'd adapt well to that lifestyle, nor am I doing it for the money. I do it more as a hobby, and as a therapeutic endeavor (it helps me get my bottled-up feelings out). Fortunately, modern technology makes it possible to produce recordings from outside the conventional structure of the music industry.

If anything, what I'd like to be is the first musician to be known for primarily doing charity work. I'd like to use song downloads to raise money for charities.
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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2015, 01:00:16 PM »
Frontman of Depeche Mode is Orthodox, co-starter of sepultura too.
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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2015, 08:06:59 PM »
Justin Marler of the doom metal band Sleep left the band to become an Orthodox monk. He eventually left the monastery and has a band called the Sabians.

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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2015, 04:12:29 PM »
Holy Blood is a Ukrainian Orthodox band that does metal in a similar vein to Finland's Moonsorrow. They're actually not bad.

Good band. Check out Oskord too.
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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2015, 08:34:43 AM »
There is a Serbian Orthodox project from 2009. Pesme iznad istoka i zapada (eng. Songs above East and West), more in English here

Some samples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8PhPXdwZR0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6TeR3yrT_8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GnflAfw3a4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYlrWCHUcQk
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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2015, 07:39:03 AM »
Guatemalan Orthodox band (subtitles in Spanish and English)
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Re: Are there Orthodox bands?
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2015, 10:06:45 AM »
Pirg is a good group of traditional serbian music and choral-like non-liturgical music.