by Emily Lau, March 1, 2020
This project of Cappella Romana is one of the milestone-project of technology and the arts in the last decade. By mixing modern audio technology by Stanford scientists, and in-depth scholarship by leading Byzantine scholars, modern musicians are able to recreate/reimagine the sound of the Hagia Sofia today. I was a part of the recording and performance of this project during the last presidential election. Being in a room with my colleagues, working on this album, focused on the beauty and the good, gave us the needed shelter and quietness to sort out our own complicated feelings about the politics of the day.