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John Cassian, a monk and theologian wrote in the early 5th century about an ancient Greek emotion called “Acedia”. A mind “Seized” by this emotion is “horrified at where he is, disgusted with his room … It does not allow him to stay still in his cell or to devote any effort to reading”. He feels: such bodily listlessness and yawning hunger as though he were worn by a long journey or a prolonged fast … Next he glances about and sighs that no one is coming to see him. Constantly in and out of his cell, he looks at the sun as if it were too slow in setting.

This sounds eerily familiar. Yet, the name that so aptly describes our current state was lost to time and translation.

Etymologically, “Acedia” joins the negative prefix a- to the Greek noun “Kēdos”, which means “Care, Concern, or Grief”. It sounds like apathy, but Cassian’s description shows that “Acedia” is much more daunting and complex than that.

Cassian and other early Christians called “Acedia” “The Noonday Demon”, and sometimes described it as a “Train Of Thought”. But they did not think it affected city-dwellers or even monks in communities.

Rather, “Acedia” arose directly out the spatial and social constrictions that a solitary monastic life necessitates. These conditions generate a strange combination of listlessness, undirected anxiety, and inability to concentrate. Together these make up the paradoxical emotion of “Acedia”.

Evagrius of Pontus included “Acedia” among “The Eight Trains Of Thought” that needed to be overcome by devout Christians. Among these, “Acedia” was considered the most insidious. It attacked only after monks had conquered the sins of gluttony, fornication, avarice, sadness, anger, vainglory, and pride.

Cassian, a student of Evagrius, translated the list of sins into Latin. A later 6th century Latin edit gave us the “Seven Deadly Sins”. In this list, “Acedia” was subsumed into “Sloth”, a word we now associate with laziness…

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… “Acedia” appears throughout monastic and other literature of the Middle Ages. It was a key part of the emotional vocabulary of the Byzantine Empire, and can be found in all sorts of lists of passions or emotions in medical literature and lexicons, as well as theological treatises and sermons.

It first appeared in English in print in 1607 to describe a state of spiritual listlessness. But it’s barely used today.

As clinical psychology has reclassified emotions and mental states, terms like “Melancholy” can sound archaic and moralizing.

Emotional expressions, norms, and scripts change over time and vary between cultures. They mark out constellations of bodily sensations, patterns of thought and perceived social causes or effects.

Since these constellations are culturally or socially specific, as societies change, so do the emotions in their repertoire. With the decline of theological moralizing, not to mention monastic influence, “Acedia” has largely disappeared from secular vocabularies.

Now, the pandemic and governmental responses to it create social conditions that approximate those of desert monks. No demons, perhaps, but social media offers a barrage of bad (or misleading) news.

Social distancing limits physical contact. Lockdown constricts physical space and movement. Working from home or having lost work entirely both upend routines and habits. In these conditions, perhaps it’s time to bring back the term. Reviving the language of “Acedia” is important to our experience in two ways.

First, it distinguishes the complex of emotions brought on by enforced isolation, constant uncertainty and the barrage of bad news from clinical terms like “Depression” or “Anxiety”.

Saying, “I’m feeling Acedia” could legitimize feelings of listlessness and anxiety as valid emotions in our current context without inducing guilt that others have things worse.

Second, and more importantly, the feelings associated with physical isolation are exacerbated by emotional isolation – that terrible sense that this thing I feel is mine alone. When an experience can be named, it can be communicated and even shared.

Learning to express new or previously unrecognized constellations of feelings, sensations, and thoughts, builds an emotional repertoire, which assists in emotional regulation. Naming and expressing experiences allows us to claim some agency in dealing with them.

As we, like Cassian’s desert monks, struggle through our own “long, dark teatime of the soul”, we can name this experience, which is now part of our emotional repertoire.

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Tonite DREAMSHADE in the finals of London’s Music Video Festival

http://lmvf.org/stream/live

Tonite: “Dreamshade” streaming LiVE on the London Music Video Festival finals ILLUSORY’s crown jewel video, “Dreamshade” is amongst the finalists of the biggest and most important film festival for music video makers.

At midnight British Summer Time, two in the morning (02:00) Greek time, “Dreamshade” video will be on air. The outcome of a massive collaboration between directors, actors, musicians and technicians is probably the best video ever made by a Greek Metal band. And tonight a big portion of the globe will be on line to watch. The Ivories wish best of luck to the participants and keep their fingers crossed for their baby to make the best possible impact.

Once again, the boys are nothing less but grateful and forever thankful to the following people. Director, Maria Chatzigianni (aka M-Word), her absolutely stunning team and the man himself, Dimitris Alexandris, the actor who made this video so special. Enjoy the festival, watch the video and Shine On!

CREDITS:
Very Special Appearance by Dimitris Alexandris
Actors: Deos Giannis, Gerodidakis Giorgos, Kamani Maria, Karamani Kalliopi, Linya Eldar Ioanna, Minas Notaras, Papadimitriou Tolis, Stefanouri Eleftheria, Tsana Lia, Voutsina Lina.

Voice Box Choir: Antonia Despouli, Antonis Dimou, Yioula Gagadeli, Margarita Papadimitriou, Nefeli Beri, Nikos Tsachalinas, Romanos Papadimitriou.

Cello by Athanasios Lazarou

Directed by Maria Chatzigianni aka M-word
Produced by M-word
D.O.P.: Efthymiou Michail aka M-word
Gimbal Operator: Markellos Plakitsis
2nd Camera: Vaios Roupis
Art Director: Nikos Argyriadis Tselepis
1st Assistant Director: Nikoleta Pantsidou
2nd Assistant Director: Eleftheria Stefanouri
3rd Assistant Director: Kalliopi Karamani
Behind the scenes video: Dimitris Trifonidis
Hair and Make-up: Helena Theodorou
Wardrobe by Costumier

http://lmvf.org/stream/live

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Odd-Y-Sea – Official Music Video

Dearest inhabitants of the Ivory Tower, friends and collaborators. With the third album wrapping up, with respective rehearsals having started already – as the band wants to look good for you livewise and stagewise – and taking all necessary precautions because of the pandemic (we STAY safe), the Ivories thought it was only right to keep everyone on their feet.

Since they’ve got plenty of footage and they would gladly share it with you, how about another treat? This one is “Odd-Y-Sea“, off the boys’ sophomore album, “Polysyllabic“, coming from their February 2019 live appearance, alongside Mr. Geoff Tate and his Operation: Mindcrime band, LiVE at the Gagarin 205 Club in Athens. Prior to the “Polysyllabic” release, back in the day, this song hit the speakers and the earphones as the first (lyric) video and made a Metal impact, to say the least.

Naturally there’s more to come and naturally the third album is on the verge. Thus, sit back, watch the video, enjoy, rest assure your huge input is always valued and appreciated and remember to remain healthy and Shine On!

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Rock In Dio – Vol. 10 – POSTPONED

It takes a lot of courage to postpone a sold-out show. Especially when that specific concert has become an institution over the years. Especially when all proceedings go to charity.
Rock In Dio vol. 10 is postponed this year due to immense respect to human nature because of the Corona Virus restrictions. The ones responsible for this amazing event decided to follow the natural path, taking under consideration all variables concerning human hygiene and protection from the virus.

ILLUSORY was going to be part of that special celebration of music. No harm done. Instead, the Ivories feel honored that the organizers respect our fellow citizens so much. There will be another day, for sure.
Thank you, stay healthy, stay safe, Shine On!

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DREAMSHADE is in the finals of London’s Music Video Festival

ILLUSORY: “Dreamshade” is now a London Music Video Festival finalist!

It was after that initial meeting regarding the video we wanted to do for our song “Dreamshade” off the “Polysyllabic” album. We simply looked at each other and said just this one little phrase. “And we are about to do what”?

Almost thirty months later, this video alone is travelling to London and the LMVF festival. “Dreamshade” is part of the finals now. Come the first day of July, we will all have the pleasure and the honor to see our own brainchild compete with the rest of the chosen ones.

Naturally, at this point, congratulations are in order. Congrats to our director, Maria Chatzigianni (aka M-Word), the amazingly talented girl, who attended that meeting with enthusiasm and love; congrats to her unique team as well! As for Dimitris Alexandris, the very starring hero of our souls… This gentleman is beyond words and descriptions. Thank you so much for your support, we shall revert this Summer!

CREDITS:
Very Special Appearance by Dimitris Alexandris
Actors: Deos Giannis, Gerodidakis Giorgos, Kamani Maria, Karamani Kalliopi, Linya Eldar Ioanna, Minas Notaras, Papadimitriou Tolis, Stefanouri Eleftheria, Tsana Lia, Voutsina Lina
Voice Box: Antonia Despouli, Antonis Dimou, Yioula Gagadeli, Margarita Papadimitriou, Nefeli Beri, Nikos Tsachalinas, Romanos Papadimitriou

Cello by Athanasios Lazarou

Directed by Maria Chatzigianni aka M-word
Produced by M-word
D.O.P.: Efthymiou Michail aka M-word
Gimbal Operator: Markellos Plakitsis
2nd Camera: Vaios Roupis
Art Director: Nikos Argyriadis Tselepis
1st Assistant Director: Nikoleta Pantsidou
2nd Assistant Director: Eleftheria Stefanouri
3rd Assistant Director: Kalliopi Karamani
Behind the scenes video: Dimitris Trifonidis
Hair and Make-up: Helena Theodorou
Wardrobe by Costumier

London Music Video Festival – Page:
https://www.facebook.com/lmvfest/
Online Stream – London Music Video Festival 2020:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1439074279581373/

Shine On The Ivories!

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Rock In Dio – Vol. 10

ILLUSORY: Confirmed for Rock In Dio Vol. 10

The Ivories are thrilled to announce that they will be part of the most beloved Rock/Metal event in Greece. For the very first time the Rock In Dio institution becomes a two-day music celebration. ILLUSORY will share the stage with some of the most well known bands in the country. Come May 17, the boys will sing some songs to a singer… Make sure you book for both days, May 16 and 17, as all proceedings will go to a fine cause, saving children’s life or making them better. Join us, make a fuss for the best purpose there is and Shine On!

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New Keyboard Player

ILLUSORY: The band has a brand new keyboard player!

It’s been a while for the residents of The Ivory Tower. The band was searching and listening and auditioning. For months. Silently. The time has come to announce the new musician behind the Ivories’ black’n’whites. Mr. Makis Vandoros is the new ILLUSORY keyboardist and we wish him good luck and a completely fruitful future with the boys, musicwise and lifewise. The band is currently working on their third album, wrapping up and composing… well, all will be revealed. Makis, welcome and Shine On!

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A New Beginning – Official Music Video

It’s been a while and the band did not forget about submitting new material. The Ivories’ latest live appearance, supporting mighty Geoff Tate and his Operation: Mindcrime at the Gagarin 205 Club in Athens, was filmed and the boys spent a considerable amount of time editing the parts and preparing a rather appealing result. First “element” off their setlist that magical night is no other than “A New Beginning“, coming from their sophomore album, “Polysyllabic” and it is basically a promise of many more videos to come. The band is currently working on their third album, which will be released in early 2020 and there is just one thing the boys want to establish. Far and foremost that you are all enjoying this video. Thank you for your love and support, each and everyone of you, Shine On!

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Something Vinyl Your Way Comes!

That is SO true, mighty inhabitants of a certain Technical Utopia! Our first two albums, “The Ivory Tower” and “Polysyllabic“, will be released on vinyl pretty soon! Production was set in stone and has already started; “Polysyllabic“, we might add, will be released as a double gatefold album. Nothing but the best for our friends and supporters. Should you be interested and wish to preorder, we are just one message away.

Place your orders on our Facebook page!

Thank you tons, Shine On vinyl!

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Let’s Rock Festival / Inofita

ILLUSORY LiVE: Let’s Rock Festival / Inofita 2019

Come September 7, the boys will invade Inofita. The Ivories have been invited by the mighty Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers Inofita. It will be a fantastic opportunity to get off the iCave Studio and perform whilst working on the third album. ILLUSORY would like to thank the festival organizers for the invitation and they do promise to make it a Metal on Friday, September 7!

Sincere thanks, Shine On!

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