Garden of the Magdalene--Banish Me No More
- Artist: Ani Williams
- Format: CD
- Release Date:8/7/2007
Garden of the Magdalene--Banish Me No More, the Grail mysteries and the enchanted garden of the unicorn come alive in this paean to beauty. Songs lyrics are inspired by the Song of Songs, Egyptian ritual texts, Gnostic scrolls, and sung in French, Spanish, Hebrew, latin, Egyptian and English. \'Immediately enchanted by your music.\' Henry Lincoln, author, filmmaker. \'Lovely medieval flavor! Thank you!\' Margaret Starbird, author. Ani Williams is world-renowned harpist and singer, and has recorded more than two-dozen albums of original sacred music based on ancient spiritual traditions. She has done seminal work in the study of sound healing and the relationship between musical tones, the human voice and healing. Williams has been exploring the role of Mary Magdalene in the emerging feminine since 1987, and guiding women's pilgrimages to Magdalene sites in France, Britain and Egypt. Her research of the feminine disciples in the Gnostic texts has resulted in recordings dedicated to Magdalene and Sophia, with music and chant in Aramaic, Hebrew and Egyptian languages, incorporating ancient Middle-Eastern music scales. Her writings on Magdalene blend history with poetic depth and she is currently co-producing a series of documentary films on Magdalene's role in the grail mysteries. Ani has been recording her enchanting style of music since 1981, has been produced and distributed by such noteworthy companies as Music Design, White Swan, New Leaf, Ladyslipper Records, and internationally in Europe, England, Australia, and Mexico. In addition to her own releases, Williams has recorded four releases of sacred chant with Lisa Thiel, three co-created recordings with Brooke Medicine Eagle, and a recent recording at George Lucas\' Skywalker Studios, for the CD \'The Psalms of Ra\' by composer Jim Berenholtz. Ani has performed internationally since 1985, in Central and South America, England, Holland, Scotland and Egypt, in such venues as Saint James Cathedral in London, Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, the Giza Pyramids, Den Rus in Amsterdam, Centro de Cultura in Mexico City, and in the United States for various conferences, including Tom Kenyon Seminars, Women of Wisdom in Seattle, Institute For Noetic Sciences, Delta Society in Atlanta, United Nations Fiftieth Anniversary in San Francisco and for the annual Conference on the Arts, Portsmouth New Hampshire. In 2005 Ani's Egyptian harp music was chosen for the Hatshepsut-From Queen to Pharaoh exhibit tour soundtrack at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In May 2006, Travel Channel will feature Ani's music and presentation in Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland for a special program on the Da Vinci Code material. Williams has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including having her music aired on syndicated FM show Music From the Hearts of Space. Her 1986 original soundtrack for the film Andromeda won high honors at the Chicago International Film Festival and her music has been mentioned in Billboard Magazine as well as reviews and interviews in dozens of magazines internationally over the last twenty years. In 1994 she developed Songaia Sound Medicine, a system of using specific musical frequencies as therapy, and developed the Songaia CD's a series sound meditations, used as an effective healing tool for her clients. She presents sound healing seminars in the US, Mexico, Holland and England, and maintains a private sound counseling practice. Williams leads pilgrimages to Egypt, England and Scotland, where her groups experience the transformative power of sound. She is a contributing writer for Four Corners Magazine, Spirit of Maat web magazine, and The Temple Booklets published in UK. Ani is published by North Atlantic Books in the book Earth Walking Skydancers, edited by Leila Castle, which includes her stories on sound healing at sacred sites.