“The Sound of Silence” in Gregorian-style chanting is mesmerizing

At the Epic Chants Tour, the band Gregorian performed “The Sound of Silence” in their unique chanting style. The cover was fascinating to listen to and watch.

The song opened with just one chanter singing. The stage was dark, except for one light on his face. There was soft blue backlighting to bring a moody feeling to the stage. His voice was light and angelic as he sang the first verse.

Then the entire group joined in at once, bringing much more depth to the song. Deeper voices contrasted with the original angelic toon. With all of the voices together, it was clear what the Gregorian style was.

The singers also brought some movement into their performance. Simple choreography of stepping in and out of formations complemented the timbre of Gregorian chant. They changed how they stood several times throughout the song, always keeping the energy low and emotional.

To complement the style of music, singing, and choreography, all of the chanters were wearing long, dark robes. They were made of a deep navy blue fabric with a slight sparkle. The hoods were up, and the stage lights shone on each of their faces.

Towards the end of the song, a video behind them is a remake of the iconic scene from the movie “The Graduate.” As the chanters’ singing fade slowly, so does the video and the lights.

“The Sound of Silence” in Gregorian-style chanting is mesmerizing