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Director, writer, and soprano Jessica Gould continues to enjoy a formidable reception for her maiden film project, Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion, on the international film festival circuit, having garnered 90 awards and counting from festivals across the globe. Having become a filmmaker by virtue of the pandemic out of a need to continue presenting classical and early music through the prism of history in the absence of live performance, Ms. Gould’s ever expanding laurels include Best Picture (Asti International Film Festival), Best First Time Director (Dreamer’s Short Film Festival Bucharest), Best Original Script (London International Monthly Film Festival), Best First Time Director (Silk Road Film Awards Cannes), Best Short Documentary (Tokyo International Short Film Festival and 1st Monthly Film Festival Belgrade), Best Documentary (Hollywood Blvd Film Festival and Woodengate Film Festival), and Best Social Justice Film and Best Musical Film (Oniros Film Awards). The laurel of Best Musical Film has also been awarded her from Silk Road Film Awards Cannes, The Cannes World Film Festival, and the Omnia Film Awards (Italy). From Greece, she has garnered Best Black Lives Matter Film and Best Music in a Short (Mykonos Film Festival) and Best Music Documentary (West Side Mountain Doc Fest, Epirus). From the Parma International Music Film Festival, she awarded the coveted Violetta d'Oro Prize for Best Soundtrack.

Ms. Gould’s program notes include essays for Carnegie Hall, the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia), the Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), NYU Villa La Pietra (Florence), Palazzo Grimani (Venice), and Villa Finaly La Chancellerie des Universités de Paris – La Sorbonne (Florence), the Clarion Society (New York City), among many others. Her creative nonfiction, satire, and essays have been published in the literary journals Belle Ombre, The Blue Nib, Exquisite Pandemic, and Months to Years. A soprano, artistic director, Italian translator, and researcher, she performs and records in Europe and the United States. As the Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, based in New York City, her original projects have received grants from numerous foundations and institutions, generous support which has enabled the series to blossom into one of the more significant presenters of historical performance in New York City and beyond.

She holds a BA from Macalester College in Art History, Music, and Political Science, and studied Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, and the National Academy of Design. Ms Gould studied film history and theory under Joel Doerfler and Linda Schulte-Sasse in the United States and Maria Grazia Bucchioni and Vito Tobbia in Italy.

Aaron Fagerstrom (Audio Mixing and Mastering) is a prize winning classical pianist and freelance audio engineer and videographer based in Northern Minnesota. A graduate of Rowan University, he has completed projects for the Vienna Summer Music Festival, Thief River Falls Evangelical Free Church, the Northern Lights Music Festival, as well as Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. His overflowing schedule includes projects for musicians in almost every genre, from Christian rock to early music, from Broadway musicals to rap, with clients ranging from classical orchestras to solo actors, choral ensembles, and jazz groups.

For his work on Babylon, Aaron has garnered Best Sound Design awards from the Rome Movie Awards, 1st Monthly Film Festival Belgrade, Indie Short Fest, and the Vesuvius International Monthly Film Fest.


Jessica Gould

Script, Program Concept & Direction


Aaron Fagerstrom

Music Mixing and Mastering & Video Production

Debbie Patzelt

Production Assistant


Salon/Sanctuary Concerts



NYU Casa Italiana-Zerilli-Marimò




Performers (In order of appearance)

Ezra Knight: Psalm verses & narration


The Bacchus Consort

Andrea Molnár, recorder

Eniko Kiss, violin

Nóra Kallai, descant viol

Julia Regos, tenor viol

Zsolt Szabó, bass viol

Artúr Shallinger-Foidl, harpsichord & director

Balázs Laczkó Peto, percussion


Voices of Music

Hanneke van Proosdij & David Tayler, directors

Elizabeth Blumenstock & Alana Youssefian, baroque violins

Elisabeth Reed, viola da gamba

Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord

David Tayler, baroque guitar


The Kaleidoscope Ensemble

Arianne Abela, conductor and artistic director

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano

Michele Kennedy, soprano

Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano

Reginald Mobley, countertenor

Noah Horn, tenor

Haitham Hadar, tenor

Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone

Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone

Dashon Burton, bass-baritone

Adam Cockerham, lute


Jessica Gould, soprano

Lucas Harris, lute


Yacouba Sissoko, kora & voice

The Southern Sons

The Fisk Jubilee Singers

Ma Rainey

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Big Mama Thornton

Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, mbira & voice

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