Michael Levy is plucked to Web star­dom

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

SELF-TAUGHT mu­si­cian Michael Levy is re­viv­ing the mys­ti­cal sound of the an­cient Jewish Tem­ple lyre — a stringed mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.

Mr Levy, 40, has spent the past three years teach­ing him­self to play the lyre af­ter he bought a replica of the 10-string Kin­nor — once played by the Le­vite mu­si­cians in the Tem­ple of Jerusalem in 70 CE.

He be­gan broad­cast­ing his mu­sic on YouTube and re­ceived re­quests from more than 1,000 sub­scribers to com­pile an al­bum. And he has re­cently re­leased ex­actly that: King David’s Lyre; Echoes of An­cient Is­rael — a com­bi­na­tion of Klezmer ar­range­ments, tra­di­tional Jewish and Shab­bat Songs.

Tracks in­clude The Mu­sic of Moses, Shalom Chavarim and Ose Shalom. “It has en­abled me to get in touch with my an­cient Levi routes,” Manch­ester-based Mr Levy tells Peo­ple. “The lyre is such a sim­ple in­stru­ment. There are only ten strings but you can get such sounds out of it. When you play it, you feel like you are be­ing trans­formed to an­other realm.” He adds: “The Kin­nor was the ac­tual harp of King David, and also of my very own, very an­cient Le­vite an­ces­tors, who once played their Kin­nors to ac­com­pany the leg­endary singing of the Levit­i­cal Choir, in the Tem­ple of Jerusalem.”

Mr Levy, also a sup­port worker for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, in­tends to release the CD both in the UK and Amer­ica.

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