Era (musical project)

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Era
Origin France
Genres New-age[1]
Years active 1996–present
Members Eric Lévi
Guy Protheroe
Pierre Boisserie
Irene Bustamante
Lena Jinnegren
Eric Geisen
Florence Dedam
Murielle Lefebvre
Chester Thompson
Lee Sklar
Daryl Stuermer
Philippe Manca

Era (styled as +eRa+) is a New Age music[1] project by French composer Eric Lévi. The band has sold more than 12 million albums. They use lyrics (by Guy Protheroe) which although similar to Greek or Latin are in fact deliberately devoid of any exact meaning.

Style[edit]

A 22 second sample of "Ameno" demonstrating the pseudo-Latin lyrics with electronic music arrangements.

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Era mixes Gregorian chants and occasionally world music with contemporary electronic arrangements. It is reminiscent of New Age music projects such as Enigma, Gregorian, and Deep Forest. Lyrics are written in Pseudo-Latin and English, and some are based on beliefs of the 13th century French Christian sect, the Cathars.[citation needed]

Era's live shows and music videos often feature artists dressed in medieval or traditional clothes and armour. Usually, actors Pierre Bouisierie and Irene Bustamante perform at Era shows.

As a rule, I try to avoid copying musical styles which are imposed by epochs and cultures; I am always on the lookout for strong emotions; the sort that accompany an epic film. In fact, I am writing music for a film which has not yet been made!

— Eric Lévi, Era on Myspace (unofficial)

Language[edit]

Most Era songs are in Pseudo-Latin and some in Latin.[2]

They also have some songs in English such as "Mother" and "Looking For Something".[2]

Use of Era music[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with details and chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions
FRA
[3]
BE
(Wa)

[4]
Era 1996 1 1
Era 2 2000 2 2
The Mass 2003 4 5
Reborn 2008 6 10
Arielle Dombasle 2013 18 14

Compilations[edit]

List of albums, with details and chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions
FRA
[3]
The Legend 2000 65
The Very Best of Era 2004
Classics 2009 3
Classics Vol 02 2010 14
The Essential Greatest Hits

Double albums[edit]

List of albums, with details and chart positions
Title Year Peak
FRA
[3]
Era & Era 2 2003 102
Reborn & Classics 2010 187

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b After Enigma at Orphic Music
  2. ^ a b http://www.era.rootnode.net/
  3. ^ a b c Discographie Era (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  4. ^ Era (in French). ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 March 2014.

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