Leyriath
Assemblage

Leyriath Assemblage, found by Ricardo Alves Pereira, is the collective of Ricardo Alves Pereira and Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira as writers and investigators dedicated to present the many myths and legends of Leyriath.

“The Manuscripts of Leyriath” is the vessel Ricardo Alves Pereira uses to gather and present his findings and creations around the folkloric, historical, geographical and ancestral lore of Nortwest Iberia. The content gathered from multiple sources are used in creating a collection of mythological tales which is an ongoing work; that is placed in the hands of Nunium, the Wizard of Leyriath, a personality resembling Merlinus Ambrosius of Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Ricardo Alves Pereira, creator of the concept of Musical Narratives, has been doing fantastical narrations and biographical storytelling throughout his career as a solo guitarist. After living for almost 10 years abroad and doing his master thesis on Musical Narratives, he had a calling to do research on his homeland and its surroundings, approached from a medieval and magical context.

Leyriath Assemblage is established to share these precious tales in various formats. Finding alternative ways of reaching to the curious ears, the Assemblage unites forces with The Wandering Bard and embed the myths and legends with repertoire that is easily associatable with the geography and realm; Medieval and Renaissance music from the Iberian peninsula.

Currently the legends and stories are told in the tone of medieval troubadours, with a touch of fantasy, during TWB concerts and they are also finding themselves ground in the albums the ensemble releases.

Aside from being a musician and a producer, Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira is a three times published writer that sold thousands, with her first novel being published at the age of 12. So far her work was around fiction and fantasy novels and stories; and plans for the future include releasing retellings that are being prepared by Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira, next to poetry and lore in its raw format provided by Ricardo Alves Pereira. 

The released albums that focus on Leyriath narratives in collaboration with TWB Ensemble are available on all major music streaming platforms.

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The Tale of Capricornus

RETOLD BY ESIN YARDIMLI ALVES PEREIRA (And Her Favorite so far!)

This is a story with a happy ending, and like many other stories with happy endings, it starts with a sad beginning. A beginning so old that it had lost its age in time; countless autumns drizzled rain and dust over it and buried it alive. This beginning reaches us, collected and translated by generations of bards, out of whispers of breezes over the mountains Ayr i Kandir. And sang by the bards too, many a times, to the Capricornus itself, back then trapped and chained to the giants that stood still, shadowing the edges of the Kingdom of Leyriath.

This beginning is of pain and separation, when Ayr i Kandir, twin sons of Terreon rose during the Great Tremor, destroying the Ancient Leyriath and dragging the Children of Maaré away from her aquatic womb, forcing them to the dry lands. The titans rising from their realms, passing through seas of Ancient Maaré, had pulled with them at least one of the Portals of Zodiac, the mighty Capricornus itself, and many of the offsprings of Capricornus.

Few might not know but the Zodiacs, of magic and yet formless, in the times of Ancient Leyriath when…

5320 words / 15-25 minutes

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The Song Of Lumino

RETOLD BY ESIN YARDIMLI ALVES PEREIRA

Nobody powerful had actually wished to be powerful but they wished to become powerful; because no power is realized unless needed. They stay still. They rest. They sleep. They wish not to be called upon, because great power can only awaken under grave danger. 

Ask any true hero, they will all say the same. They would all rather the circumstances that proved their unbelievable capacities to not happen in the first place. Great power asks to be needed so strongly that it appears out of nowhere and overrules everything. Great power belongs to heroes and heroines born to misfortunate lifelines; to destinies full of obstacles that need ambition to navigate through, bravery to face fears and powers to overcome deadly tragedies.

But even if some might not have an ending, every lifeline has a beginning, where powers are all resting within, and growth needs time and becoming needs a story. Surely there was a time when Lumino did not know of his powers. And surely there was a time when Lumino had to find out about…

4388 words / 10-20 minutes

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The Wizard of Leyriath

RETOLD BY ESIN YARDIMLI ALVES PEREIRA

All must hold hands when in need. Need can change, as the hand. All must create when the end is inevitable. Creation can change, as the end.

Creation can not be done alone, this is to be, at least for most of us. Creation of one needs two. Creation of mind can not be of one either, as it is of all that is in the mind, beyond the one itself. This is why we all look for inspiration out there. May it be the life that we create, or the story of it, it is always out there, and no creator is alone, since it can not be. It is said that Nunium did not only have more than one in his mind, but also in his heart. It is said that he carried two heart beats instead of one.

This is the story of how that came to be.

Nunium, the one that we know today as the Disciple of Lumino and Adamante, Hermit of Ervarya, Guide of Capricornus and the Wizard of Leyriath, was once not shouldering all the names we know of him today. He was to carry them one day alright, he was to travel to worlds far beyond Leyriath, but not that day.

That day, Nunium, titled of no one of nowhere, was wandering by the banks of the rivers Liz and Lena, in search of the…

2839 words / 8-15 minutes

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The Birth of Lumino

RETOLD BY ESIN YARDIMLI ALVES PEREIRA

It is assumed very naturally of course, that when there is a glorious act, there is a bard present. Because it is a bard’s duty to turn one’s destiny into a legend for all. A bard bends time and emotion and makes the story real by making their audience feel the heartbeat of the hero, the cold of the dawn, the smell of the monster, even in a tavern’s warmest corner. 

But who could tell how it all began for Lumino, the Song of Hope? Which bard was to be present at the ends of the waves, facing beings that once lived through the Great Tremor? Not even the most talented of the Bards of Salyr could swim to the horizon to experience the birth of the greatest hero ever. 

So was thought for thousands of years. Nobody knew how Lumino came to life. Nobody knew how Lumino began his journey, or how did he get to be followed by a shadow larger than his own, on each step he took. 

Generation upon generation, dryland folk and the Salyrians alike, wandered about it, but no bard dared to tell the story. It would be too obvious that it was made up, it would be the laughter of another thousand years to come! So actually no mortal was waiting to be told of one of the most magical stories of creation; the beginning of the Bard’s Saga.

2252 words / 5-10 minutes

Performances

Musical Presentations

With The Wandering Bard, Leyriath Legends find themselves ground in an audible format that is lead by music from medieval and renaissance periods of the Iberian peninsula. 

During concerts the narrative is placed between the performed pieces, and in album format, the narrative can be heard at the end of the album, gathered together to create a unique musical and mythological experience. Repetroire selection done to build the Musical Narratives surrounding each tale are chosen to represent the spirit of the peninsula, in order to create a bridge between the tales and myths and the atmosphere where they belong.

In the first collaboration album called “Leyriath: of Music and Legends”, Galician Cantigas de Santa Maria are presented to symbolize the ancestorial connection of land, history, poetry and music. Cantigas de Santa Maria are a collection of of more than 400 poems with musical notation, commisioned to be gathered by Alfonso X the Wise (El Sabio), King of Castile, León and Galicia, known to be a high intellectual of astronomy, history and music; whose grandfather was the Denis of Portugal the Poet King (Rei Poeta) whose contribution to the Portuguese poetry was as important as his care for education and for the land. Under his reign, the first university of Portugal was established in Leiria, where lectures of art, medicine and civil law was given from the start. Known as the Farmer King (Rei Lavrador) he also was the one to order the planting of the Pine Forest of Leiria to prevent soil degradation that thretaned the region. The same forest (Pinhal de Leiria) later on became the source for the construction of the royal ships of Portugal for the discoveries and is still standing tall over the lands of Leiria to this day.

Second collaboration “Leyriath: The Song of Lumino”, includes repertory from Alonso Mudarra and Luis de Narvaez who are both famous composers and vihuela players from 16th Century Iberia. Both composers’ solo vihuela works are presented in an ensemble format in the album; the intertwine, share, unity and echo between the musical lines of the the vielle and the vihuela are to represent the friendship, connection, and separation of the two characters the narrative focuses on; while percussion is present to lay ground in the sonority to narrate the oceanic, the cyclic and the magic.

The arrangements done by The Wandering Bard on each album are carefully tailored to represent the historical authenticity in order to self-exist as musical works that can be heard with interest, yet to establish the connection with the texts to form the Musical Narratives; elements of each story are placed within the musical language that can invite the audience to imagine, encounter and enjoy the given storyline as well. 

The Song Of Lumino

With the 5th album of TWB Ensemble, the audience can hear the eternal works of Claudio Monteverdi, Luis de Narvaez and Alonso Mudarra in a way that was never heard before. The majority of the repertoire was originally written for solo Vihuela, an Iberian plucked string instrument from the Renaissance Era, with an addition of the prologue being Italian Baroque; all of which TWB Ensemble executes with a historically informed style.

After the success of their previous release, TWB Ensemble presents yet another legend from the “Manuscripts of Leyriath”, which can be musically experienced through the music from Renaissance Iberia, as well as listened in a storytelling style by the end of the album.

“The Song of Lumino” tells of companionship, magic, beauty and most importantly, power of music; and what it can bring, as much as take away.

The Wizard of Leyriath

TWB Ensemble’s 4th album is the first of many that will come as the result of a collaboration between the Leyriath Assemblage and the TWB Ensemble. “Leyriath: Of Music and Legends – Cantigas de Santa Maria (Alfonso X)” is released in order to celebrate te 800th year since the birth of King Alfonso X El Sabio. The musicians are celebrating this occasion by bringing the audience to the medieval times.

At the end of the album, a surprise awaits the audience, since it will be the first time one of the rare uncovered chapters of the Leyriath legends will be heard embraced by the repertoire the ensemble performed during the album with a perfect balance of historical accuracy and authenticity.

Although many seemed to be lost in history, Leyriath Assemblage has sworn to uncover as much tales as possible.

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