Fr. Brian John Zuelke, O.P. combines sacred texts and popular music in ÆTERNUM

Fr. Brian John Zuelke, O.P.
Fr. Brian John Zuelke, O.P.

ÆTERNUM is a nomadic experimental music project organized by Fr. Brian John Zuelke, O.P., a Dominican priest friar of the Province of St. Albert the Great. With a Minnesota-grown group of musicians, ÆTERNUM hopes to slowly build up a collection of excellent mash-ups between sacred texts and popular music forms.

ÆTERNUM began as a nagging dream of Fr. Brian’s while in formation to be a religious priest in Saint Louis, MO. Ideas would come to his mind overlaying sounds of his past love of loud, beautiful rock music with his later love of the sacred music traditions of medieval Christianity. But what to do about it?

Gabriel Bauer, violinist
Gabriel Bauer, violinist

During his assignment in the Twin Cities, with the encouragement of others he finally took the needed steps to secure funding, purchase equipment, and gradually develop a first song with the help of talented Twin Cities young adults (see “The Crew“).

Fr. Brian will be Substacking about the project in the years to come. If you want to keep learning more about this project and to follow its progress, subscribe to updates on the ÆTERNUM website!

ÆTERNUM’s first release is a setting of Psalm 90, with the Latin title “Domine refugium“. Listen to “Domine refugium.”

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