A B O U T
I N S P I R A T I O N S
I N F L U E N C E S
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. If you want to go deeper in this particular train of thought, check out this lecture by American Jazz bassist Adam Neely.
Follow the breeze.
foto: Leonardo Ramos
guitar, boehm flute, vocals
played in so many bands and orchestras we lost count, first woman to play DADGAD in Brazil, believes everyone can learn music
rock'n'roll, jazz fusion, folk, blues, prog, funk soul
great electric guitarist, self-taught sound editor and operator, loves 70s rock
foto: Thadeu Farias
foto: Marina Telles
tin whistle, low whistle
digital product designer
medieval, orchestral, psychedelic, funk soul
planted the seed of free improvisation, came up with our name, logo and visual concept. Always chill.
Irish flute, boehm flute, vocals, ocarina,
manager, creative lightshow designer, marketing, visuals, writer
photographer, filmmaker, science communicator
classical, rock'n'roll, jazz, synthwave, native American
oneironaut, has a kiwi accent, did works for National Geographic
foto: Thadeu Farias
M E D I A
D I S C O G R A P H Y
2019 - recorded
2021 - released
A getaway from the city, one microphone, hours of free improvisation.
This is a digital-double-long-play recorded in the old-school tradition of early psychedelic music, which we drew from some of our most inspirational bands: the likes of mr. Syd Barret and the Floyds.
This is an experiment and a statement to what stressful lives can do to our inner freedom, our mental health and our creativity. Before we recorded all of our previously released albums, on the very early days of 2019, we took off from our home city of São Paulo (the most densely populated metropolis of both southern and western hemispheres) for a short retreat at the beach. No work, no stress, no internet, no social media, just the nature and the Breeze. There we played what little Irish tunes we knew, along with hours of free improvisations.
Since then, we went professional, we perfected a little more our stage performances, our identity, our improvisation skills and musical techniques... but some of our most inspired moments are still contained within this selection of early experiments.
What this album taught us is that peace of mind and mental health are of the utmost vitality for EVERYONE - and creativity, once thought to be a skill reserved only to self-proclaimed professional artists, is actually the fantastic byproduct of being a master of one's own consciousness.
2019 and 2020 (The Year Of The Covid) were our taking-off years, full of creative spurts and growths... but they also brought us face to face with the curse of anxiety and depression, stress and falling outs - issues that time and again have been responsible for the splitting and ultimate demise of so many bands we admire. We learned that lesson from our ancestors, and we set out to not let ourselves down the same sad road. We dove deep into studies of creativity and mental health, we paved a road for creative healing... and we bid farewell to our beloved nation of Brazil.
As we move on to a new journey of new discoveries, learnings and experiences, we take one last look back at our cradle, the one that set us apart from all the other amazing Irish music bands out there.
We follow the breeze.
This album was entirely recorded with a single stereo microphone.
It was mixed and mastered by Tunisian musician and sound designer Mustapha Denguezly, who also shares the psychedelic rock band Avdey with our flutist Leo.
The cover art was painted by our former bodhráni, Amanda Pinheiro, who since departed the band to follow her own breeze.
THE LAST CORVO
It was early 2019 when we took the last subway home from one of our nostalgic Irish Sessions at Deep Bar 611. The craic was mighty that night, and 5 hours of music weren't enough to satisfy us. So we took out our instruments to keep on playing in the nearly empty train. Why, in the midst of our shenanigans, up came a man to hand us a wee card with the name of a new business in town: a pub called O Corvo (The Raven), located in the heart of alternative nightlife of Brazil's cultural capital – the city of São Paulo.
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, the place was seeking new bands who played original sounds to pair up with the best hamburgers ever fried in a São-Pauloan grill. This late-night subway networking took us to our famous weekly shows on Wednesdays, and then on Fridays, at O Corvo.
The place became our home, our Whisky A Go Go, our The Cavern, where we grew and showed our work to family, friends old and new, to the alternative youth of São Paulo, where we had the chance to share a stage with amazing music-mates – and eat some fantastic burgers. The Corvo's success was undeniable, judging by it's rapidly growing public, the cozy environment, the perfect location and, naturally, the original bands! By late 2019, the owners already spoke of expanding the business, filling us all with great excitement!
Sadly, though, the Corvo did not survive the 2020 Pandemics and was forced to shut its doors earlier this year.
In memory of our departed home, today we release this EP with a handful of recordings from our last-ever show there. We have selected some interesting improvisations, some rather familiar sets to our followers, and a couple of invaluable cameos from our friends Nataly Macias and Adriano Martorelli, who so kindly joined us in the Last Corvo – not knowing it would be, indeed, the last.
The Corvo is dead – long live the Corvo!
The cover art was made by our flutist Leo, based on a photo by Thadeu Farias, taken in the Corvo.
UM ORVALHO BOREAL
Our first studio album should have been released in early 2019, when we took off professionally. However, a technical issue forced us to re-record most of the tracks, giving us the opportunity to mature our music and finish off a much better product than we expected.
It was produced, recorded, mixed and distributed 100% independently. Um Orvalho Boreal is a portrait of our Brazilian years, seeing it as we're soon moving to Galway, in Ireland. These were our first sets, our first works with Irish Music and our first Psychedelic experiments.
The track entitled "Morning Chicken" had an exclusive videoclip shot and edited by Leo, our wildlife filmmaker and flutist, and it was featured on 2020's Festival Celta Brasil, Brazil's most traditional Celtic Music and Culture festival.
The cover art was made by Thom, our whistler and graphic designer, to whom the last track is dedicated.
2019: A BREEZE ODYSSEY
One fateful night, returning home from an Irish session, we took out our instruments and started playing inside of a subway train just for the craic of it. Right there and then we were heard, and subsequently hired, by the manager of "O Corvo" a prominent underground bar located at the heart of downtown São Paulo, Brazil's capital for cultural diversity and nightlife. This is a compilation of Harmundi's best recordings from our first year playing live at venues like O Corvo, Deep Bar 611 (home to the São Paulo Irish Sessions), Milord Taverna and Johnny Hudson.
Many of these tracks were played as on-stage improvisations, never to be played or heard again – except, of course, on this album. These are what make each one of our shows a especially singular experience.
Some of these tracks were featured by the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, one of the top music podcasts on Apple Podcasts, thrice winner of the Best Podsafe Music Podcast in the Podcast Awards.
The cover art was made by Leo, our flutist and director of lighting.
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