Michael Levy: composer & performer of the lyre of antiquity
Michael Levy is a multi-talented musician & prolific composer, who since 2006, has focused his unique skills, at both intensively researching & recreating the ancient playing-techniques of the lyres of antiquity. Basing these techniques from both illustrations of ancient lyre players and the various playing-techniques still practiced today in Africa, he has independently produced almost 30 albums of his mostly original evocations of ancient lyre music since 2008.
In 2013, Michael’s contribution to attempting to recreate the music of antiquity received academic recognition and was featured in an article published in the summer 2013 edition of “The American Harp Journal”. The paper, by Diana Rowan, was entitled “The Universal Lyre: Three Perspectives“.
Since 2014, Michael has also been closely collaborating with Luthieros; the specialist replica lyre makers in Thessaloníki, Greece, in their inspirational “Lyre 2.0 Project” – dedicated to reintroducing the beautiful lyres of antiquity back into the hands of every modern musician, a project now featured as a new entry in the world-renowned “Ancient History Encyclopaedia”.