Elysium - Future Collaboration Album


I am delighted to announce an ongoing international collaboration between myself, the Egyptian film score composer, Remon Sakr and the Californian vocalist, classics scholar and multi-instrumentalist Bettina Joy De Guzman!





The album will at this stage, most probably be named "Elysium" (the temporary album cover displayed may be changed) - here is what Remon Sakr has to say so far about this project:

"I'm so much happy to announce about my upcoming album which will be released in the beginning of 2019 under a temporarily name "Elysium" (and may be it will be the final title).

About "Elysium", I collected musicians that I'm so much proud to work with, and I'm still working on collecting the rest of the musicians and these pictures are for the musicians who are existing in the album officially.

Ladies and gentlemen: let me introduce, my partner (Co-composer) and the Lyre Player Michael Levy - Composer for Lyre & the touchable angelic voice Bettina Joy De Guzman (Ancientlyric and lyra) and there is more musicians will join us of course -  I will announce about their collaboration at the suitable moment.

For who is asking about the meaning of "Elysium", this is a definition I copied from the Wikipedia:

"Elysium or the Elysian Fields (Ancient Greek: Ἠλύσιον πεδίον, Ēlýsion pedíon) is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults."

In short, Remon asked me to create four new melodic themes for a selection of some of my lyres, which he is in the process of 'deconstructing' and rearranging these themes.

Remon will also be adding the other-worldy vocals of Bettina; in order to attempt to weave together, what I am sure will be, a magical musical tapestry, with the goal of seamlessly fusing ancient and contemporary musical timbres.

This exciting new collaboration album will be released sometime early in 2019...the best things in life are worth waiting for!

The Holy Nile (Hymn to Hapi) - Ancient Egyptian Themed Track

My first collaboration with the Egyptian film score composer, Remon Sakr.

For track 5 on his 2017 ancient Egyptian-themed album, "The Epic of Thebes: Story of Passion & War" , I created the lyre theme, which Remon skillfully orchestrated.

This album is based on the epic journey into the era of the Pharaoh Ahmose I and his struggle against the Hyksos...


 

 











 

 

Salvation's Hymn for Amun (In the North Temple of Amun) - Ancient Egyptian Themed Track

Another collaboration with the Egyptian film score composer, Remon Sakr. I created the lyre theme for track 7, "Salvation's Hymn for Amun (In the North Temple of Amun)", for his 2017 ancient Egyptian themed album, "The Epic of Thebes: Story of Passion & War".

This inspiration behind this album is based on the epic journey into the era of the Pharaoh Ahmose Iand his struggle against the Hyksos...












Epitaph of Seikilos - Ancient Greek Themed Single

A collaboration with the Californian vocalist and lyre player, Bettina Joy De Guzman, in our arrangement of the "Epitaph of Seikilos" - the oldest complete piece of notated music to have survived from ancient Greece:



 

 

Hymn to Aphrodite - Ancient Greek Themed Single

Another collaboration with the Californian vocalist and lyre player, Bettina Joy De Guzman.

In this collaboration, Bettina added her own lyrics and haunting vocals to my composition, "Ode to Aphrodite" (originally featured on my 2010 release, "The Ancient Greek Lyre")...




 





 

 

Ode to Ancient Rome - Shield of Aeneas - Ancient Roman Themed Single

Another collaboration with the Californian vocalist and lyre player, Bettina Joy De Guzman. Bettina added her own lyrics and haunting vocals to my composition, "Ode to Ancient Rome" (originally featured as track 1 from my 2012 album, "Ode to Ancient Rome")...




 



 

 

The Rise of Marduk - Death Metal Album!

One of the most surreal collaborations I have had to date, was back in 2015, with the Nevada Death Metal Band, "Blasphemous Creation"!

 

In short, this "The Rise of Markuk"  was an 'ancient aliens concept album' - and yes, the band contacted me, to request my permission to feature my arrangement of the 3,400 year old Bronze Age Hurrian Hymn from my 2009 release, "An Ancient Lyre", to accompany the opening narration of the album:




I guess this collaboration really puts the 'heavy metal' back into the Bronze Age!

 

 

The Orpheus Project - Felt Music Library Ancient Roman-Themed Soundtrack


In May 2012, I collaborated with the composers MaryAnne & Michael Tedstone, in performing lyre music, recorded at the George Martin Air Edel Studios, for an epic Roman-themed soundtrack, "SPQR" - for use in television & film, licensed by the renowned 
Felt Music Library:

To have recorded had the opportunity of recording my lyre in one of the actual studios once owned by the legendary late manager of "The Beatles" themselves, was certainly the ultimate 'Libation to Apollo'!









 


 

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