MY LIVE LYRE MUSIC AT THE STOCKHOLM EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL!





I am delighted to announce that I will be performing live and hosting a seminar at the Stockholm Early Music Festival - the biggest early music festival in the Nordic Countries!

I will be performing at 2pm at the Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall - all the details and how to obtain a ticket can be found in the link below:

At last! I finally have found a few snippets of 'international televised glory', appearing in an episode of the fascinating Greek language documentary series, "Beyond Borders", broadcast on the national Greek TV channel EPT3...



This particular episode was on recreating

Excerpts of an interview about the story of my lyre music has just gone to print today in "The Hindu"; India's no.1 literary English daily and the biggest English language newspaper in the whole of Southeast Asia! 

THE EPIC OF THEBES (STORY OF PASSION & WAR)

I am delighted to announce an epic collaboration with the Egyptian film music composer, Remon Sakr





For my collaboration in this project, I provided an ancient Egyptian-themed improvisation for lyre, which Sakr orchestrated for two of the tracks for Sakr's debut album, 
"The Epic of Thebes (Story of Passion & War)" - an epic musical journey into the era of Pharaoh Ahmose I and his struggle against the Hyksos...

It is my ongoing musical mission, to reintroduce the recreated lyres of antiquity and the ancient musical modes and intonations once played on them, back into the modern musical world - part of that mission is, of course, to inspire other musicians/composers with a similar vision, to take part in this 'new ancestral music revolution', which hopefully some day, will bring back some spirit to our soulless, sterile modern musical experience - I am delighted to announce that this musical mission has already bore its 'first fruits'!


REINTRODUCING THE RECREATED ANCIENT LYRE IN SPAIN!





Let me introduce my most enlightened 'lyre disciple' to date - the young and upcoming Spanish composer/performer of the recreated lyre, Antonio Fernández Blázquez...





In Anontio's own words:

Little did I think, that the rough audio from a 'live' video I recorded in my spare room one dull February evening in 2008, (as well as the studio recordings I released in my albums which were eventually inspired by it), would be featured in the Daily Mail, used in support of international museum exhibitions in Ontario and Chicago, appear in a host of hallowed academic web blogs, Fox News, Classic FM, India TV News, National Geographic Magazine, featured as a prelude to a new album by the Nevada Death Metal Band "Blasphemous Creation" and even in a blog in the mainstream rock and pop NME magazine!!!



The original 2008 video featured a grainy, 'live' from my spare room performance of my own arrangement of Dr Richard Dumbrill's interpretation of the 3400 year old Hurrian Hymn from Ugarit as notated on the website of Clint Goss - the oldest known written melody, so far discovered, in history....



Roll over, Mendelssohn!
 My music will soon be as popular as his iconic 'Wedding March' - I quite literally just stumbled across a video of a Roman-themed wedding somewhere in the USA, featuring my very own Roman-themed lyre music...




The video featuring track 1 from my album "Ode to Ancient Rome" being played as the bride and groom move towards the site of the suitably sacred ceremony:




My music is certainly 'getting out there'!



 

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky? They can now retire - I bring forth into ballet, my awesome lyre! 



I am delighted to announce that my composition for solo lyre, "Nero's Lyre" is to be featured in a new ballet production "No Lander" by Riccardo Buscarini - to be performed live at the London Place Theatre on 28th October:

I am getting airplay of my Roman-themed compositions for solo lyre, on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire at 6 pm on Sunday 3rd May, 2015!


The show, "Naked Scientists" is about volcanoes and will features clips of my Roman-themed compositions "The Temple of Mars" from my album "Echoes of Ancient Rome""Gloria Belli (Glory of Battle)" and "Tristitia (Sorrow)", from my album "The Ancient Roman Lyre", played during a reading of Pliny the Elder's first-hand account of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE...



The show will also be out then on BBC iPlayer.

For anyone who simply can't wait and feels the need to be up at the crack of dawn, the show will also be on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 5 am!

The show will also be going global on the Naked Scientists podcast - at last, my lyre music will soon be erupting all over the known world!

 


MY RADIO INTERVIEW WITH ZACH MARTIN

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed about my lyre music by the New York City-based radio producer, Zach Martin for a radio show, which will later be broadcast globally as a podcast!



MP3s of a sneak preview of the radio show, in 3 parts, can be freely downloaded from

A fan of mine from Australia who bought a copy of my CD, "King David's Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel" was recently on vacation in Jerusalem & has just kindly sent me the most utterly awesome photo he took whilst he was in "The Promised Land"...of my CD cover on the famous sculpture in Jerusalem, of King David's Lyre - this photo has surely got to be the best tribute to my debut album of 2008 - ever!




...as this may well be about the

MY MUSIC NOW FEATURING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ORIENTAL INSTITUTE MUSEUM!

Tracks from my 2011 compilation album, "Ancient Landscapes" are being used in the video "Remembering Katumuwa" featured in the Special Exhibit "In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East" at the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, between 8th April 2014 to 4th January 2015!


 

The tracks used in the video are

My Lyre Music is to be played on BBC Radio 3 This Sunday, 9th February 2014!


 

 

The programme, presented by Michael Goldfarb, is entitled

I am pleased to announce the re-release on iTunes of my masterfully remastered 2009 album, "Lyre of the Levites"! The new release is now called "Lyre of the Levites: Klezmer Music For Biblical Lyre"... 

 

Produced by Dominik Johnson, this album features

After finally figuring out the monumental task of registering with the Performance Rights Society, each and every one of my tracks from each and every one of my 23 releases since 2008, I was very pleased to discover, when viewing my first airplay statement, that music from my album "Ode To Ancient Rome" was recently featured on BBC Radio 4!

The track featured, was

My arrangement for solo lyre of the oldest known complete song so far known from antiquity, the 2000 year old ancient Greek drinking song, "Epitaph of Seikilos", has been featured in a newspaper story  in the Australian Daily Telegraph...

Tracks from my album "The Ancient Greek Lyre" are to feature in the Mexico National University Theater Festival (XXI Festival Nacional (e Internacional) de Teatro Universitario)

 

The play, directed by Ricardo Ruiz Lezama, is about

I am very pleased to announce that I have finally gained International academic recognition of all my research since 2006, into attempting to recreate the ancient lyre practices of antiquity, in a full length article, just published in the Summer 2013 edition of"The American Harp Journal"


The paper by Diana Rowan includes an analysis of my work, along with the work 

I am pleased to announce that my new arrangement of Dr Richard Dumbrill's interpretation of the 3400 Hurrian Hymn (Text H6) is to be used in support of a new exhibition, "Mesopotamia", to be held at the Royal Ontario Museum, between June 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014...I just wish I could leave the rain ravaged UK to be there to see it!

 

 

 

I am pleased to announce some live lyre gigs coming up very soon, at both the world famous Roman Baths at Bath Spa, UK on Saturday 18th May & at the British Museum on 17th June 2013 - for full details on these events, please see my website calendar: 

http://www.ancientlyre.com/calendar 

 Besides these live lyre concerts, I was also delighted to be contacted by Dr Andrew Shapland , curator of the Greek Bronze Age collection at the British Museum, who also has selected tracks from my albums, "Ode To Ancient Rome" & "Echoes of Ancient Rome", in support of a new display on Roman Dining, in Room 3 of the British Museum. As Dr Shapland explained to me: 

I was very pleased to stumble upon a direct link to a fascinating video by the Israeli Radio & TV journalist, Yishai Fleisher , featuring music from my album "The Ancient Biblical Lyre" - my evocation of the lost sound of the ancient Biblical lyres has finally reached "The Promised Land"! 

I am pleased to announce that my arrangement for solo lyre of the timeless ancient Greek melody, "Epitaph of Seikilos" (from my recent release"A Well Tuned Lyre - The Just Intonation of Antiquity"), has been featured in Rob Monaco's new "Podcast History of the World" series, on the emergence of the... 

I was very pleased to recently hear from Robina Wilson, an author of children's stories, right here in the rainy UK! She wanted to use tracks from my experimental EP "The Ancient Egyptian Harp", for the publication of her unique CD,  "Music in Stories"...

One of the precious few advantages I have of living in the 21st century CE (instead of BCE...where I more truly belong!), is the ever increasing, new fangled & wonderful ways there seem to be, of "getting my lyre music out there" - it is now even possible to download hundreds of tracks from my albums, directly to your mobile phone!

If you too wish to have a seriously serene, utterly unique ancient lyre music RINGTONE for your mobile phone, it is possible to download one from both Nokia Music & my Reverbnation Store - below are the download links...

 

As an aspiring independent artist, there is "getting my music out there"...& really "getting my music out there" - my lyre music is now being used to sell Noodles throughout the USA!!!

 

 

 

 

I was delighted to hear a clip of is my new arrangement of the 1st Delphic Hymn To Apollo (from my album, "A Well Tuned Lyre - The Just Intonation of Antiquity") on BBC Radio 3!

RADIO 3 


The show was episode 1 of a broadcast called... 

 

 

The Podcast History of Our World - The Ancient Hebrews

I am pleased to announce that a selection of my music from my Biblical lyre-themed albums is to feature in Rob Monaco's free iTunes "Podcast History of Our World" series on the ancient Hebrews! Here is a link to hear the first episode of this fascinating historical series...


TRACKS FROM MY ALBUM "LYRE OF THE LEVITES" TO FEATURE IN A NEW DRAMA SERIES ON RADIO 4

 

Radio 4


My music is to feature on BBC Radio 4! My arrangements for Biblical lyre, of the Klezmer melodies...

A track from my album "The Ancient Egyptian Harp" featured in a program of radio on demand by the West German Broadcast Cologne (public service) about the arched harp from Myanmar, presented by...

The BBC will be filming my lyre & I on 23rd March 2012, for a documentary on the Art of the Middle Ages, "The Dark Ages: An Age of Light", directed & presented by the Sunday Times art critic, Waldemar Januszczak!

art 


This will be due to be broadcast in... 

My ancient Egyptian & Greek lyre music is to feature in a display at Liverpool Planetarium!  It is part of the museums celebration of the Festival of British Archaeology...

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