Music Medicine

“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 intuitive musical and medicinal possibilities which I feel are inherent in them. In many of my compositions, I combine ancient pre-hispanic musical instruments (originals and replicas) with electronic atmospheres, blended with sounds of nature. The resulting dialogues further reflects the vision of Andean Soundscapes as music medicine.

Some of the benefits of music medicine are:

  • Reduces Blood Pressure
  • Relaxation
  • Influences Mental State
  • Pain Management
  • Mood Enhancement
  • Sleep Medicine

DISCOGRAPHY

Paqarina: Healing Sounds of Peru (2016)

It is an album inspired by Andean spirituality and cosmovision. A variety of contemporary and ancient Andean instruments were used in this album as sounds of nature as well. A musical journey into the Andean spirit.

Meraya (2020)

“Meraya is an audiovisual poetic journey that shows Shipibo-Konibo visions from an indigenous logic; letting the natural and free expression of ancestral wisdom flow. Beyond purely anthropological documentaries, there are few films that relate to Shipibo experiences, and Meraya is one of them. The proposal developed by Director Pedro Favaron introduces the viewer into the Amazon through the intertwining of fundamental art and everyday practices of Shipibo civilization: kené patterns and textile craft, and an understanding and profound respect for the forest and its beings (earthly and spiritual). These elements relate to equilibrium and to the ordered beauty of connecting.

As part of its visual and narrative landscapes, Meraya has several layers of sonority. Ikaros, or ayahuasca chants, and the forest, with its birds, rivers, rain, plants, and myriad animals, are all intermingled with Fred Clarke Álvarez’s delicate musical arrangements and compositions. This juxtaposition creates a primeval and contemporary view of Shipibo-Konibo culture in which there are no voice-overs nor animations; rather, experience at its raw”.

Sounds of Nasca (2017)

This musical production has been developed as part of the NASCA exhibition (Museo de Arte Lima 2017, Museo Rietberg Zúrich 2017-2018, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn 2018, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid 2019) and intends to awaken the senses and tune in with the pre-Hispanic legacy, thus transmitting a new insight into Nasca. This production has been recorded using original Nasca antaras (pan-flutes) dating back to 200 B.C. – 650 D.C. Replica antaras also were recorded as diverse musical instruments used in pre-Hispanic times, such as quenas, quenillas, drums, rattles, whistling vessels among other instruments.

Sounds of Pucllana (2019)

Music was a fundamental part in the activities of the ceremonial center: banquets, remodeling, funerals, sacrifices and rituals were accompanied by melodies, bringing about spiritual interactions between people and their gods. Sounds of Pucllana brings to the present the echoes of our ancestors from Lima and Wari cultures, contained in ceramic antaras, whistles, quenas and rattles.

Pacha Paqariy: Ambient Works i (2008)

This album is an exploration into ambient music. Textural layers of sounds which invites you both passive and active listening to encourage a sense of calm or contemplation.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS