Era (Enminential Rythmn of the Ancestors) (styled as eRa) is a New Age music 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.
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. Era lyrics are written in Pseudo-Latin, as well as in English. Some of them are based on beliefs of the 13th century French Christian sect, the Cathars.
Era's live shows and music videos often feature artists dressed in medieval or traditional clothes and armour. Most 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!" says Eric Levi.
Eric Lévi (real name Eric Jacques Levisalles), born 1955 in Paris, France, is a musician. In 1975 Eric Lévi founded the hard rock band Shakin' Street with Fabienne Shine, which would release the two albums Vampire Rock and Solid as a Rock. Shakin' Street briefly toured with AC/DC and the Blue Öyster Cult before disbanding in 1981. He then moved to New York, and back to Paris in 1992. Later on in his career, Eric Lévi wrote the musical score to several movies, including L'Opération Corned-beef and the comedy Les Visiteurs which was an international success and one of the highest grossing movies of all time in France.
Lévi is best known for being the mastermind behind the musical project ERA, and for inventing the Latin sounding words of these songs.
Era's self-titled debut album in 1997 proved to be a hit, becoming the most exported French album with over 6 million copies sold. A sequel, Era 2 was released in 2000, followed by Era: The Mass in 2003. The trilogy is characterized by a mixture of rock, synth, and pseudo-Latin Gregorian chant.
In 1999, he moved to London, where he lives today.
Era was the project of French musician Eric Levi, who created ethereal, evocative soundscapes in the tradition of artists like Enigma and Deep Forest. Era's self-titled debut LP appeared in 1998. In 2000, the follow-up, Era 2 was released. Levi returned with 2003’s The Mass -- whose title track referenced Carl Orff’s masterpiece O Fortuna - and subsequently sales hit platinum status is France and Switzerland. The Very Best of Era was released in 2008 and featured all their popular tracks from their last three records as well as remixes. Eric returned in 2008 after a four year hiatus and released an album a year - 2008’s Reborn, 2009’s Classics and The Essential and Classics Vol. 02 in 2010.
Mother, Misere Mani, Divano, Ameno, Greatest Hits
(full album), Enae Volare, Live Concert Part 1,Part 2,
Avemano, The Legend, Infanati, Mix (24 videos), Era,
Looking for Something, Era (full album), ,Don't Go Away, Troy, Reborn, Ave Maria Caccini, Wind Love,
Thunder Flash, I'm No Angel, Devore Amante, Live in
Moscow, Ameno Live, Les Choeurs de L' Armée Rouge, The Mass, Come Into My World,Era's Concert,
Mix (10 videos), Wankatakya, Ameno Live, Era 2 (full
album), Sentence and YouTube Mix.