7US-K1-0968-000321 (2146482)E:aldsassen holds the largest extent collection of presumed skeletons of martyrs from the Roman Catacombs still on display. There are ten fulWaldsassen, Germany, detail of St. Gratian. The Basilika atWaldsassen holds the largest extent collection of presumed skeletons of martyrs from the Roman Catacombs still on display. There are ten full skeletons in the nave, and also another two bust relics behind the high altar. Most of these arrived over a period of several decades in the 18th century, and were decorated by Adalbart Eder, a lay brother of the thenmonastic church. Gratian is one of four standing skeletons.They are in pairs before the high altar. Gratian is on the left side of the nave. Photo 2012.ORIGINAL:Waldsassen, Germany, detail of St. Gratian. The Basilika at Waldsassen holds the largest extent collection of presumed skeletons of martyrs from the Roman Catacombs still on display. There are ten full skeletons in the nave, and also another two bust relics behind the high altar. Most of these arrived over a period of several decades in the 18th century, and were decorated by Adalbart Eder, a lay brother of the then monastic church. Gratian is one of four standing skeletons. They are in pairs before the high altar. Gratian is on the left side of the nave. Photo 2012.
MBD73 featuring George Vassilev- Heavenly Bodies
November 6, 2015
8:00 pm
Sion, Switzerland
Festival Sion
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New work “Heavenly Bodies” by MBD73 performed in Sion, Switzerland by George Vassilev

More information soon about the concert to be performed in connection with the Festival Sion, Switzerland.

The work ” Heavenly Bodies ” is a work for electric guitar and electronics. It surrounds and hits you like a brick wall. Death , decay and destruction , is constantly lurking beneath the surface of perfect beauty. Sound pillars of beauty, floating in a dark and gloomy climate , with a meditative effect.

Based on the gruesome discovery of skeletons found in the catacombs of Rome in 1578, which was later transported in security the the southern parts of Germany , Switzerland and Austria, the art historian Paul Koudounaris has photographed dozens of these skeletons in some of the world’s most secretive religious institutions. The work ” Heavenly Bodies” confronts you with an ambiguous and mysterious musical space that brings the stories of the past out into the light of the present.

The work is conceived in 3 movements ( a triptych ) , with a total duration of 15 minutes.

1. St Pancratius
2. St. Valentin
3. St. Deodatus

Read and more about Paul Koudounaris here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Koudounaris
And about the Catacomb Saints here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catacomb_saints

More information about George Vassilev here: http://www.georgevassilev.com

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