European Music Archaeology Project - The Epilogue

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) ranked first out of the 80 projects entered for the EU’s most prestigious cultural competition in 2012, Strand 1.1 of Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA). Project’s aim was to highlight Europe’s ancient cultural roots from an unusual perspective: musical, scientific and “sensorial”.

The project was a journey between archaeology and art, science and creativity. EMAP travelled in time from the Upper Paleolithic period (ca 40,000 B.C.), the era some ancient findings date back to, to the great classical civilizations. Experts examined the survival and resilience of ancient music making, as witnessed in the traditional music that is still alive in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin.

The Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center of the Cyprus Institute has been part of EMAP’s team with the digitization of ancient musical instruments as well as ancient artefacts from various museums around the world. The Cyprus Institute also mounted the pocket edition of the exhibition ARCHAEOMUSΙCA, which was one of the most prestigious outcomes of the project that travelled around Europe.

On May, 23rd EMAP’s epilogue will be celebrated in Cyprus with a concert. Two distinguished musicians, Stef Conner and Barnaby Brown, investigate the world’s oldest instruments and notation with breath-taking results. Their musicianship brings Deep History, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, Anglo Saxon England and medieval Scotland to life. Highlights include a vulture radius bone 40,000 years old and a hymn to Apollo from Delphi, 127 BC – the oldest, lengthiest and best-preserved notation of a Greek song.

Wednesday, May 23 2018

19:00 - 21:00

Nicosia Municipal Multipurpose Center

19:00 - 19:15 | Brief presentation of EMAP  Dr Sorin Hermon, The Cyprus Institute

19:15 - 19:30 | EMAP Results and Activities  Emiliano Li Castro, EMAP Artistic Director

19:30 - 20:10 |  Concert | 40 000 years in 40 minutes Barnaby Brown (Paleolithic, Sumerian & ancient Greek pipes, Anglo Saxon lyre)

Stef Conner (vocals, ancient Greek lyre)