LYRE OF THE LEVITES: JEWISH MUSIC FOR BIBLICAL KINNOR - Ancient Biblical Themed Album

"Lyre of the Levites: Jewish Music for Biblical Kinnor" is the sequel to my debut 2008 album, "King David's Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel" 


Both of these albums are dedicated to recreating again, for the first time in almost 2000 years, the mystical, ancient sounds of the "kinnor" ; the ancient Jewish Temple lyre, once played by my very own, very ancient Levite ancestors in the Courtyard of the Temple of Jerusalem, to accompany the singing of the Levitical Choir (II Chronicles 5:12). 

This album was my attempt at creating an entire 'musical collage' - literally 'cutting out' these traditional Jewish instrumental klezmer and folk song melodies from their original 'old Eastern European Shtetl flavoured context' and rearranging them, with their miraculously preserved, distinctive ancient Near Eastern musical modes, for the the exotic, ancient timbre of my modern evocation of the Biblical 'Kinnor' - the 10-string lyre of my very own, very ancient Levite ancestors... the ultimate experiment in recreating my own extreme “roots music”!!

The desired effect, was to metamorphose each of these melodies into a 'magic carpet' back to ancient, Biblical times, when the Levites actually played these lyres in the Temple of Solomon itself...




Now completely remastered in this re-release, excerpts of the original 2009 version of this album were featured as the theme music to the BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime series, "The Liars Gospel" by Naomi Alderman; set in Roman-occupied Judea...




 
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