“Because feelings are the innermost elements of the soul, akin to the spiritual world, and because in tone the soul finds the element in which it actually moves, man’s soul dwells in a world where the bodily mediators of feelings no longer exist but where feelings themselves live on. The archetype of music is in the spiritual, whereas the archetypes for the other arts lie in the physical world itself. When the human being hears music, he has a sense of well-being, because these tones harmonize with what he has experienced in the world of his spiritual home.”
-Rudolf Steiner, The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone
Studying with local master musicians and journeying into the shamanic world of Peru, I learned to play numerous traditional and pre-hispanic instruments, many of them unknown in the Western world. However, my intention is not to play these instruments in a traditional manner, but rather to develop fresh musical possibilities which I feel are inherent in them. In many of my compositions, I combine ancient pre-hispanic instruments with electronic atmospheres, blended with sounds of nature that I have recorded from different locations. The resulting dialogues further reflect my vision of Andean shamanic soundscapes.
In my path of researching ancient musical instruments of Peru, I met local musicians, archeologists and musicologists such as Cesar Bolaños, Alfredo Najarro, José Pinilla, Tito La Rosa. I became involved in various musical projects in which I began to produce, record and play original instruments from different pre-hispanic cultures, some of them related to recovering indigenous chants, languages and cosmologies. In one of these projects, the museum of Puruchuco in Lima, Peru, allowed me the opportunity to record original instruments from their private collection to elaborate on 3 compositions. These compositions, accompanied by the ancient instruments, were then integrated into an exhibition.
In 2007, I began researching exploring pre-hispanic music and Nasca antara (pan flute) replicas, which I started introducing in my music and sound healing work. Ten years later, I became involved in an exhibition of Nasca culture in Lima, Peru, with the musician and producer Ronald Sanchez. In this project, we produced the music (Sounds of Nasca), for the most influential exhibition of Nasca culture in Peru and in the world. This exhibit has taken place in the Museum of Art of Lima and Museum Rietberg of Zürich, intending to awaken the senses and tune in with the pre-hispanic legacy, thus transmitting a new insight into Nasca spirit. This production was recorded using original Nasca antaras dating back to 200 B.C. – 650 D.C.
“I have been blessed to know Fred Clarke and his Music for many years now. The melody’s and sounds he connects with unite the ancient past with the present in a way that heals and deepens all that is touched by it. Like a prayer or meditation Fred’s music expands our awareness and opens us up to the infinite held in each moment…” - Weston Pew
The following instruments are replicas from the originals pre-hispanic instruments. These include antaras, andean and native american flutes, bells, shells, drums, whistles, whistling vessels, rattles, charango and others. These instruments are made of a variety of materials such as wood, clay, bones, metal and feathers. Some of these are used in recordings and in live performances.