Shadow of the Ziggurat (Original Composition For Replica 3000 Year Old Lyre Featuring The Rare Assyrian Hammered​-​Lyre Playing Technique, c​.​700BCE)

from by Michael Levy



The lyre I play, is a replica of the type of portable wooden lyres played throughout the Middle East, over 3500 years ago. In the track "Shadow of the Zigurrat" (originally featured in my album, "Ancient Visions - New Compositions For An Ancient Lyre"), I experiement with a unique style of percussive lyre playing .

This technique entails hitting the strings with a wooden baton as opposed to plucking the strings with a plectrum). This ancient technique can clearly be seen in the famous Bas Reliefs of lyre players & musicians in the ruins of the Palace at Nineveh, c.700BCE.


from Ancient Landscapes, released May 9, 2011


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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.. ... more

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