1. Elysium

From the recording Spirits of the Ancestors

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Also called Elysian Fields or Elysian Plain, in Greek mythology, originally this was the paradise to which heroes on whom the gods conferred immortality were sent.

Those who needed to be punished were sent to Tartarus. Sometimes, when the judges could not decide, souls would be sent back to the Asphodel Fields.

In Tartarus, people who had upset the Gods would receive terrible punishments. Tartarus was a dark place, imagined to be as far below the Earth as the Earth is from the sky.

In an effort to evoke the tranquil ancient Greek ideal of Elysium, this piece features the gentle timbre of my 11-string Luthieros "Lyre of Apollo III", with natural sounds of birdsong from my own garden, in which the improvisation was actually recorded.