Harmonic Meetings A single low note resonates. A second gradually becomes
perceptible, then another, slowly swirling sounds that shift and pulsate
from some unknown force, chords so ethereal they might be supernatural, or
perhaps the vibrations of the universe. They are the voices of David Hykes
and the Harmonic Choir.
Hykes performs in architectural spaces as inspiring as his music. Harmonic
Meetings was recorded in Le Thoronet Abbey, whose remarkable features grace
the cover of the release. The music itself; however, sprang from a
traveling art exhibition called The Tent of Meetings. Hykes composed the
music for this project, which was based on the sacred art of Christianity,
Judaism and Islam. And for the first time, Hykes incorporated actual words
into his harmonic chanting, sacred words common to those three religions,
words like Hallelujah and Kyrie Fragments. Hykes says, "It is the harmonic
content of the words which interests me. The harmonic content in a word can
be brought to life; it comes from the same place as a pure vibration."