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Michael Levy

Michael Levy is a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, whose musical mission is to create an entirely new musical genre, which could best be described as a 'New Ancestral Music' - dedicated to reintroducing the recreated lyres, ancient musical modes and intonations, back into the modern musical world.

Michael's musical vision was influenced in part, from the similar 'New Ancestral Music' of both the composers Luis Paniagua of Spain and Petros Tabouris of Greece, in addition to the work in just intonation and ancient Greek microtonal scales, by the late American microtonal composer, Harry Partch.

Basing his recreated lyre playing techniques from both illustrations of ancient lyre players and the various playing-techniques still practiced today in Africa, he has independently produced 30 releases since 2008.

Michael has recently collaborated with the Grammy award winning Canadian composer, Rufus Wainwright - Rufus has arranged one of Michael's ancient lyre-themed compositions "Hymn to Zeus", in two scenes of his forthcoming second opera, "Hadrian"; due to premiere in Toronto on 13th October 2018!

The story of his music recently featured in international news releases in "The Hindu" and "The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)". As an internationally acclaimed early music artist, Michael has performed at the Stockholm Early Music Festival; the biggest early music festival in the Nordic countries. Michael was recently invited to perform his lyres at the University of Oxford for an event featured as part of the European Festival of Latin and Greek.

Michael's historic lyre music has been featured in support of exhibitions at the British Museum, The Oriental Institute of Chicago, The Royal Ontario Museum and currently features as the permanent soundscapes of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.

Michael's distinctive brand of 'New Ancestral Music' is perfect as bespoke background music for ancient-themed historical TV documentaries and movies. Also, since the distinctive sound of his ancient-themed lyre compositions literally sound like no other genre of bland, modern 'mainstream' music, this will ensure that any resulting commercial advertisements for the products to be promoted by his music, will quite literally, 'stand out from the crowd'!