My approach

Music is above all a language, a universal language that allows talking to musicians from other cultures whereas we often do not speak the same language, and our exchanges would be very limited if only words would allow us to communicate. But with...

Jazz and philisophy

My love for jazz started when I saw that jazz had space for the expression of freedom : improvisation. A frame, rules and some space to be free. As I discovered jazz, studying music finally took on all its meaning: we could learn, explore, express...

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A view of Music through five human dimensions

As musicians, we often ask ourselves : what is music ? What is the nature of its existence ? How can we best honour it ? How can we best teach it ? Our culture approaches music through solfège – so through reading and observing – and this form of...

Music and material

Mineral, vegetal or animal origin of the material of which the instruments are made. Sound has no body but the music instrument always has one. Becoming aware of the nature of the materials we use to produce and make a sound vibrate is therefore an...

Music and energy : The Chi (vital energy)

The chi is vital energy. This energy is present everywhere in the living world. In the yogic vision of human being, it is the fluid that runs through our physical body so that it brings it to life. Without chi, the body would be dead material....

Music and emotion

The emotional dimension is of course at the heart of music. I actually think that music is the language that best expresses our emotional reality. When we like a music, the wave moving inside us is indeed emotion. And from there, the body can also...

Music and mind

As I often say, except for some quarter tones and some microtonal inflections here and there, the 12 notes of the chromatic are the basis of musical thought and form a universal material acting as shared knowledge. Based on this, from one culture...

Music and conscience

In the core of every human being, conscience appears to be the most « subtle» dimension. And as any other human dimension, it can fill our musical reality. There is indeed a « conscience in the sound » that should not be confused with the...

Global view of Music

Material form of the sound, energy power of the sound, emotional capacity of music, mental effort to master the notes’ organization, and pure conscience ; all this is included in the notes-bubbles. And that is where, in this set of all human...

Rajazz

« Rajazz » consist of a way of organizing the notes and are represented as musical mandalas. I have always had this image of music: it is as if I was on a hilltop, arms open to embrace the land in front of me, and watching the 180° panorama...

Bonus - Whisper from the Orient

Initially, as I had discovered bansuri in India, I started studying hindustani music and the first album of Whisper from the Orient adopted the material coming from the classical ragas approaching it in a more personal way and softening some of the...

Biography

Improviser, composer and explorer of music from around the world all together, Manuel Hermia simultaneously expresses his discourse as a saxophonist and his love for bansuri. In addition to his saxophone and jazz harmony studies at the...