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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THE ANCIENT BIBLICAL LYRE

Ancient Biblical-Themed Album

"I bought this album and I am very pleased with it. Thank you Michael Levy for sharing your talents with us. I am very blessed by this music and I feel it creates an atmosphere where I can draw near to God in holiness. The music is very special to me and I know that God has written the very chords of these melodies for the angels of God and man to enjoy. I recommend this album for anyone who wishes to create a peaceful and holy environment in the home but also to those who appreciate world music from the ancient Middle East"  

Yakov Israel - iTunes (UK) Review  
 

This album is my attempt to recreate the sound of the Biblical "Nevel" - one of the ancient Biblical lyres played over 2000 years ago in the Temple of Jerusalem to accompany the singing of the Levitical Choir. Tracks from this album were featured in a fascinating video produced by the Israeli radio presenter, Yishai Fleisher:
 

 


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King David's Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel

Ancient Biblical-Themed Album

"Like a Time Machine...

Michael Levy is a contemporary man with a psalmist's touch, and best of all, he's conversant with a historical instrument. There's no longer a need to imagine the soothing music young David might played in the courts of King Saul. It's here. Michael Levy's hard-won ability to channel musical history is uncanny and goes beyond the obvious scales and period melodies. His work is the kind of magic that happens when the right kind of musician immerses him of herself into a cultural or spiritual music"

Phil Christensen - iTunes (USA) Review

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King David's Harp

Ancient Biblical-themed album

"Beautiful and Authentic...

Michael Levy has done a tremendous service to the educational world in producing this music for ancient lyre and taking the time and effort to research and recreate the sounds of the past in the most authentic way possible. I have shared his work with my students and found it to be very helpful in conveying the message not only of what music most likely sounded like in ancient times, and particularly in religious worship, but also the appreciation of the process of resuscitating the sounds of the past. I am very grateful for his work and look forward to sharing more of it with the students I write for in the future"Kim Barry -

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