New Ancestral Music – Rebirth of the Ancient Lyre | Michael Levy


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A ‘live’ performance of track 7, “The Regrets of Mortality”; from my 2020 album, New Ancestral Music – Rebirth of the Ancient Lyre” – as well as being available from all the usual digital music platforms, this release can now also be downloaded, direct from my website:

Aiming to literally redefine ‘New Age’ music, this release features a selection of brand new, completely spontaneously created improvisations for the recreated lyre of the ancient world – new compositions, for an ancient instrument! All the tracks in this album also feature my lyre tuned in geometrically pure just intonation.

The theme of the album is the progression to the ancient Greek ideal of “Ataraxia” (the inner harmony we strive to attain, once we achieve freedom from distress) – an inner peace which can only come, when we learn to live with the difficult truth that the only thing certain in the enigma of our conscious experience, is uncertainty. Only once we can swallow this truth, can we finally appreciate the mystery!

This perfect contentment, was first expressed in Ancient Greek philosophy by Pyrrho, as ‘Ataraxia’; a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.

The hallowed state of Ataraxia, according to Pyrrho, can only to be achieved by finally accepting the hard but timeless truth, that the only thing we can ever know for certain, is uncertainty! Translating this incredible philosophical insight to our modern times, we can only find our own state of Ataraxia; our personal inner harmony, by learning to appreciate the cosmic mystery of the very existence our conscious experience, as actual sentient beings , instead of becoming too obsessed in the actually futile quest to try to understand everything; which will only bring us struggles, unhappiness and dissatisfaction. We can only ever have a finite understanding of this infinite universe!

To sum up this cosmic enigma, so famously described by the late astronomer, Carl Sagan, the we are literally forged of star dust – that briefly became conscious of the stars..

Back in classical antiquity, in “The Republic”, the philosopher Plato, famously used the analogy of lyre strings to represent how the ideal society ought to live – although the timbre and tone of each string is different, they can still work together to produce beautiful harmony and order – society should aim to literally be like a well tuned lyre!

Bringing this idea new life in my quest for a ‘New Ancestral’ musical revolution, the limitless creative musical possibilities of the 10 strings I have on the lyre with which I recorded this release with, are analogous to the maximum of 10 decades with which our brief human lives span – even although the present human species has a maximum of 10 decades of natural lifespan, there are almost limitless possibilities in each of them, for each and every one of us to shape our precious years of conscious, sentient beings in any way we can possibly imagine!

Even If there is no God or gods, we alone still miraculously have the power within our ‘Inner Shaman’, to create our own meaning in life; even if all our religions prove eventually to be wrong and the universe itself, of which we are briefly a part, exists for no particular cause or reason.

Each of us must create our own form of harmony and order out of the chaos of this world in which we briefly find ourselves in – therefore, we all need to ultimately strive to literally become the lyre players of our own lives…



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