I keep forgetting to post this:
…He quickly began to focus on Aleppo, the largest city in Syria and home to many of its Jews, as well as its Syriac Orthodox and Armenian Christians. The city, which may be one of the oldest continuously settled places in the world, has also seen the most destruction of any Syrian city in the present conflict.
The music he documented has, in many cases, never been written down, much less recorded with professional equipment. Some of the hymns date back nearly 1,800 years, and are even older than the ancient churches where Hamacher recorded them.