I N S P I R A T I O N S
Oran, Flook, Lúnasa,
Kíla, The Gloaming,
Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull
I N F L U E N C E S
Irish trad, native American music,
choro, psychedelic rock,
Harmundi is a unique blend of Irish music and free improvisation, well seasoned with worldwide influences, and a rather curious psychedelic aftertaste.
When we formed the band, in March 2017, we had close to no experience at all with Irish Music. Also, we were three flutists. It was a three-fluted, supposedly Irish-trad, band. Regardless of limitations, we started out with weekly rehearsals – not for professional ambitions, but out of sheer love for this music and the urging need to escape our stressful lives in São Paulo, Brazil, and let ourselves go with the flow.
This flow taught us a few important things about ourselves – one of them was that we are not Irish musicians, but, rather, Brazilian musicians who love Irish traditional music. That’s very important because it means we would never sound like our Irish idols. Which was not a bad thing! We didn’t have the cultural and musical background that made them sound the way they do, but we had our own cultural and musical backgrounds, as well as our own artistic inclinations, which allowed us to sound the way we do.
So, while we were (and still are) learning more and more about Irish Trad technique, we were also allowing ourselves to try out any musical experiments we saw fit. From this artistic freedom (and from the lack of a more extensive repertoire of tunes) sprouted a curious tendency to play long improvisations, sometimes on Irish tunes, sometimes just creating melodies and harmonies out of thin air. This is where the psychedelic comes in: we found ourselves making Irish music in a manner not so different than the early psychedelic rock bands of the 60’s made their own sound, which is through free improvs in a sort of flow state that brings about feelings, emotions and experiences which cannot otherwise be expressed.
On top of that, we season our live performances with our own set of psychedelic lights. Combined with our on-stage improvisations, this makes each and every show a unique experience for the senses, which is never repeated – inviting the audience to live that present moment with us.
The name of the band comes from “Harmonices Mundi”, the title of an interesting publication by astronomer-musician Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630). In this work, Kepler goes through a mind-bending parallel between musical harmony (the ordered juxtaposition of various sound frequencies) and the combination of frequencies produced by the movement of celestial bodies – these he called the “musica universalis”, or the music of the universe, the harmony of the worlds, which is mighty and beautiful, but one that no living thing can hear. It’s just there, happening as you read this text, oblivious to what will be thought, said and written about it.
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