Antinous as Osiris

by Jesse Kramer

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Kramer’s latest project “Antinous as Osiris” was inspired by two of the most important 20th century literary figures, Marguerite Yourcenar and Langston Hughes. Kramer translates Yourcenar’s exquisite language from her historical novel “Memoirs of Hadrian” and Hughes’ cadence from “Montage of a Dream Deferred” into timeless melodies with lush harmonies and sophisticated rhythmic structures.


released June 12, 2019

Sarah D'Angelo: vox
Tim Haldeman: saxophone
Max Bowen: guitar
Brian Juarez: bass
Jesse Kramer: drums

All compositions by Jesse Kramer
Lyrics for "Tout l'été" and "Antinous as Osiris" by Sarah D'Angelo

Recorded at Big Sky Recording, Ann Arbor, MI December 14th, 2018
Recorded and mixed by Geoff Michael
Mastered at Solid Sound by Eric Wojahn

Front cover: Bertel Thorvaldsen, "Antinous as Osiris c. 130"
Image credit: Thorvaldsens Museum,
Image is in the public domain, no permission or endorsement is implied


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Track Name: Tout l'été
Splendor of high noon
within the luminous glow
of siesta time
Everything bathed in gold
Passion and innocence

Glimmer of dawn on sky and sea,
the sacred coolness of caves
where nymphs abide
Mingling the stars of night
with all the morning light

Summer's ease wet with dew,
whispering sands, languid hues,
holding back the season's change
Tout l'été
Shadowless the days
Track Name: Antinous as Osiris
Life, but a mist
Is it fleeting, retreating? or has
love bloomed, birthing,
breathing, giving,
seeing that my heart sings

But- what is this?
Bone and blood, tears mingle with
mud. Can rite and
ritual bring life?
Sing life into our hearts
still beating?

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