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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Dark Ages: An Age Of Light


Mistake in the date of my first televised BBC performance!

[Michael Levy offers this slight correction]

Further to my last email campaigin about my first ever televised performance with my lyre on the new BBC4 series, The Dark Ages An Age of Light...

As the first episde was all about the end of the Roman Empire; after receiving a reminder email from the producer about the date of the broadcast of the first episode of the 4-part series, I had assumed that this would be the episode to feature my attempt to recreate the lost music of ancient Rome - after sending out email campaigns to everyone on my mailing lists, over 1000 friends on Facebook (& every family member I could conceive of!), I did not appear in the first episode!!!

I now have the correct details of my first ever live televised BBC performance, direct from the producer herself - my lyre & I will be appearing in Episode 2 of "The Dark Ages An Age of Light" - first broadcast on Tuesday 4th December, 9pm GMT on BBC 4 & a few days later, all around the world on BBC iPlayer.

Just to confirm, direct from the producer, I will be appearing in episode 2 of  "The Dark Ages An Age of Light", entitled "What the Barbarians Did for Us":

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p65b9

Here is a link to one of the outtakes of the film shoot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa4BprGK9ck

They probably won't be using this out take in the series (there is a bit of aircraft noise towards the end of the video, which can be deteced if you listen with headphones!)

NB! More news - tracks from my albums "King David's Lyre; Eches of Ancient Israel", "Lyre of the Levites" & "The Ancient Biblical Lyre" are to feature in the iTunes Podcast show "The Podcast History of Our World" by Rob Monaco within the next few weeks! The free podcast series to use my music, will feature new episodes detailing the history of the
Hebrews/Israelites.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-history-our-world/id558333993

Thank you for your patience, everyone - the best things in life are worth waiting for...


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Michael Levy Strikes Again!



My last several posts have been about Michael Levy, because many exciting things seems to be happening for him at once. He is a master of the Lyre, with an emphasis on ancient music. My first introduction to this sort of music was the beautiful album, Harps Of The Ancient Temples, and I remain fascinated with it. So here's another happy announcement from Michael. Check out his website! Buy his music! Wallow in wonderfulness!



My First Televised, Live Performance on BBC4!
 Hi Eveyone! I am pleased to announce, that the first episode of Waldemar Januszczak's epic 4-part documentary series, "The Dark Ages An Age of Light"(which features my LIVE, TELEVISED, LYRE MUSIC, in my attempt to evoke the lost music of ancient Rome!) will be broadcast on BBC4 on Tuesday 27th of November at 9pm.
The remaining 3 episodes will follow every Tuesday until the 18th of December - there may also be a bit of my lyre music featured as background music during the series, which I submitted to the producer!
A week after the broadcasts here in the UK, the series can also be viewed all around the world on BBC iPlayer
Below is some unique bonus footage, kindly provided to me by the editor of the series of one of my performances, in which I attempt to evoke the sound of the lost music of ancient Rome:
The track I am playing in the video is "Ancient Visions" from my recently released album "Ancient Vibrations" - filmed here, in the incredibly evocative replica Iron Age Earth House, at the Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset, UK.
 I may have finally found some more much needed fame this year, in my efforts to recreate the music of the ancient world...let's hope my television debut will hopefully, someday, lead to the fortune! I thankfully feel I have come a long way, since my voyage in "Musical Time Travel" began, with my first crudely recorded "antique webcam" recordings on my Youtube Channel, back in August 2006!
Kind Regards,
Michael 

Friday, November 9, 2012

More Breaking News For Michael Levy



More breaking news - I have my first televised performance coming up on
BBC4 on 27th November at 9pm (GMT) for a new documentary "The Dark Ages :
An Age of Light"! The series is also available to view, anywhere in the
world on BBC iPlayer. Here is the link to my bulletin with all the
details:

http://www.ancientlyre.com/news.html

The editor of the series kindly provided me with some unique video outtake
footage of one of my performances...filmed in the amaing replica Iron Age
"Earth House" at the Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa4BprGK9ck

I have my first ever radio interview coming up soon, for a local station
in Germany - I will let you know the link to hear the broadcast once I
have it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Well Tuned Lyre


Hi Everyone!

I am pleased to announce the release of my new album, "A Well Tuned Lyre - The Just Intonation of Antiquity" on iTunes & Amazon:
This album features new compositions for solo lyre, a heterophonic development of my earlier composition, "Apollo Lyre Lyre" & my new arrangements  of 5 examples of the actual surviving music of ancient Greece, with my lyre tuned to the beautifully pure just intonation of antiquity...
To download a free PDF Booklet of the detailed album notes, please click on the link here
Please "spread the word"!
Kind Regards,
Michael Levy

Michael Levy Will Be Featured On BBC 4


My Lyre Music To Be Featured on BBC Radio 4!

I am pleased to announce that my music is to feature on BBC Radio 4!

My arrangements for Biblical lyre, of the Klezmer melodies "Sherele" & "Ale Brider" from my album "Lyre of the Levites", are to be used in a ten-part "Book at Bedtime" series – THE LIARS’ GOSPEL by Naomi Adlerman - set in Roman-occupied Judea. "Sherele" will be used at the beginning of each show & "Ale Brider" at the end...

The first of the 10-part BBC Radio 4 "Book at Bedtime" series to feature the music from my album "Lyre of the Levites", will be first broadcast on 12th November at 22.45. The series can later be heard anywhere in the world, a week after the radio broadcasts on BBC iPlayer!

The full details about his series can be seen in the link to the BBC Radio website here


Please "spread the word"!

Kind Regards,

Michael Levy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Paleogeographic Maps Are Fabulous



Think of the nerdiest comic book fan drooling over his favorite graphic novel - that's how I look when I have this book in my hands. As a geology student who lives in Arizona, I have good reason to be such a geek. Every time I visit the Colorado Plateau, I have a thousand questions about how the strata formed. This book answers most of those questions, and illustrates those answers beautifully with diagrams, cross-section charts, photographs, and "paleogeographic maps." Those maps allow the reader to see what the area may have looked like in the past, from the last part of the Precambrian Era, 1.7 billion years ago, through the Mesozoic with its dinosaurs, to the the Cenozoic and our present epoch. If you've ever tried to visualize the supercontinents, or what the Four Corners area may have looked like when it was turned on its side and hugging the equator, the paleogeographic maps are hugely helpful.

Readers who are more interested in archaeology will gain some perspective as to why the ruins in the Southwest are unique - we've got the perfect strata for canyons, creeks, and cliff dwellings. And anyone who would like more background on the geology of their favorite National Park on the Colorado Plateau will find this book handy. As for me, I'm a happy geek pouring over the details of how each layer was formed and where it's exposed in this landscape I love so much. I will refer to this book again again, until it falls apart and I have to get another one. It's money well spent.