Imago Mundi is the name of a vast treaty of astrology written, at the dawn of Renaissance, by Cardinal Pierre D’Ailly. It is an inventory of all knowledge on countries and peoples of the world, supporting the (accepted!) theory formulating that the Earth is round.
There follow 30 years of discoveries – Europe finds itself facing America, Africa and Asia. The world realises it can reach an end, and begins taking the first steps towards unification. Besides the popularity of the stories on the valiant explorers of new worlds, there is a second motif, referring to a particularity of European history: “La Convivencia” made possible the contact between diverse culturally populations, as Christians, Jews, Muslim Moors and Turks, animist Africans. The Europeans know, due to their own past and present, the plurality of cultures: the recent discoveries do not trouble their global view on the world.
The historical origins of music are heterogeneous; old Arab musicians have borrowed from the Egyptian, Assyrian, and Sumerian music, and closely resembling phenomena happened all over the world. Many of the instruments used for making music are descendants of those depicted in paintings and sculptures of past civilizations; the instruments we use are both modern (flute, oboe, English horn, violin, viola, bassoon) and traditional (as they were preserved during the times – djembe, darbouka, tareya, toaca, castanets), and combining them is not a random fact: these instruments have common origins (the oboe is a “grandson” of the bombard); furthermore, these instruments are to be found in the majority of world’s cultures.
In 2001 Oana and Daniel Ivascu found IMAGO MUNDI. Starting from the declared purpose of creating fusion music from early music and traditional music (world music), based on materials gathered from research (began a year earlier, still continuing); the two musicians form a band of instrumentalists with similar ideas, developing an atmosphere where each musician can express soloist and improvisatory techniques. As well, Oana and Daniel focus on the identity of the band as a whole.
Invited to concert in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, USA, Tunisia, Turkey etc, IMAGO MUNDI can be encountered in classical music halls, in medieval festivals, and also in places with regular jazz, blues and rock concerts.
Note: this text is, undoubtedly, a product of the influences on us of the study of books as: The Renaissance Man (Edited by Eugenio Garin), The Medieval Man (Edited by Jacques Le Goff), The Poetry of the Troubadours (Teodor Bosca), History of the Sephardim – from Toledo to Salonika (Esther Bembassa, Aron Rodrigue), as well as from searches on music web sites from all over the world or in electronic libraries (pertaining to specialised institutions or supported by lovers of art and culture of real quality).
Thank You: PhD. Mihai Maxim, PhD. Dan Buciu, PhD. Dan Dediu, Dr. Mioara Bâscă, Ciprian Paleologu, Gilda Rădulescu, Florin Ghenade, Vlaicu Golcea, Sebastian Crăciun, Mihai Rîşnoveanu, Alexa & Maxim Belciug, Prof. Liviu Georgescu, Conf. Univ. Dr. Laura Manolache, Cosmin Năvădaru, Răzvan Penescu, Adelina Mariş, Cosmin Zidurean, Bogdan Vuluţă, Romică Zaharia, Octavian Todiruţ, Doru Dumitrescu, Adrian Donose, David Șandor, Amedeo Achim, Cristina David, Dan Miron, Gore Lupșan, Oana Enăchescu, and all those who believe in us.
This web site contains photos by Florin Ghenade; graphic design by Daniel Ivascu; english version: Mihai Rîşnoveanu
Oana & Daniel Ivașcu