San Diego-based Orthodox composer Nazo Zakkak (b. 1987) is a composer and pianist whose background includes work in the fields of improvisation, minimalism, jazz, ambient music and experimental music. Having been introduced to the spiritual music of the Russian Orthodox Church, he shifted his focus to composing Orthodox liturgical music. The present work, a setting of the Orthodox Troparion for the Feast of the Annunciation, demonstrates the composer’s ability to use economical means (accessible even to a parish choir of modest capabilities) to eloquently express the aura of both mystery and grandeur contained in this festive text. Suitable for Christmas and Annunciation.
(Recorded by Archangel Voices on their CD, Panagia: Hymns to the Most Holy Mother of God, release date: November 2013)