in the depths of the common cultural thread, the life that
music breathes into people, Cybele has circled the globe inspiring
and seeking inspiration through the conduit of music. She
is presently based in Korea, where she is a professor in the
English Department of Chungju National University. She is
also spearheading a World Music Preservation project to restore
a traditional Korean house to be used for intimate performances
of traditional Korean music and world music collaborations.
by Sufi mysticism, Cybele traveled to India to study classical
Hindustani singing with Pandit Pran Nath. Unexpectedly mesmerized
with the magical qualities of the Sarangi, she became a student
of the noted Ustad Hafizullah Khan. The Sarangi is a North
Indian instrument with three main strings that are bowed.
Known as the instrument of a hundred voices (literally translated),
it has a haunting and mysterious sound, with the natural reverb
of 35 sympathetic strings offering the effect of standing
in an empty cathedral - or in the inner sanctum of the TajMahal,
where a whispered word becomes a soaring melody. Cybele's
latest recording endeavors interweave wild spurts of Indian
raga rifts (vocal and sarangi) with original folky/jazzy songs
inspired by the magical rice paddies and rolling mountains
of South Korea. Her album of original lullabye-like songs
with dulcimer is called Songs for Humanity.
has participated in a number of recordings with various artists,
including: N'Java, Frank Oteri's The Other Side of the Window,
Mark Berman's Songs for a Wonderful God, Beloved's Beloved,
Bruce Detrick' s Children of Light and The World Mass, and
Hu Dost' s In An Eastern Rose Garden.