A Journey of Faith, Music, & Schizophrenia, Ed Chilungu’s Soundtracks Album Out 10/12
“I play music as a means for me to find communion with God. I want my music to be a means that invites others to have communion with God too.” Meet Ed Chilungu. Ed is one of the most talented and interesting people that we’ve ever worked with. When you sit in a room with him while he’s composing and sharing music – two things become very evident. One – he’s a gift to music lovers. Two – his main goal through his music and life is for people to have encounters with Jesus.
Early on in his life, Ed was on his way towards being a professional concert pianist when a set of circumstances changed the trajectory of his life and was ultimately diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. During the process of readjustment and finding a new direction – Ed was exposed to hearing a friend and fellow student playing piano in a way that Ed describes as “so fluid and different that he had to know what the difference was.” His friend happened to be a Christian, and the fluidity of his playing was attributing to something that would be self described as a playing that was inspired by a personal worship and prayer that came through the melodies he played. Ed had yet to experience this type of playing that he now calls “a flow,” but knew it was something he longed to incorporate into his own playing and experience for himself.
Through the years Ed has taken his jazz and classical training and combined them with modern worship to create a hybrid of musical expression that begins through his own personal worship through music that leads to him seeking the heart of the Father and translating it through compositions that he believes has inherent qualities of blessing, and healing that make up the DNA of the compositions he creates. In many ways – it’s how he prays and how he hears the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit impart more of God into every area of his life and the lives of his listeners.
Soundtracks Track Listing 1. Return 2. Roy Hobbs 3. Lucia’s Life 4. Jessica’s Song 5. Winter Winds 6. Angels 7. Restitution 8. King David’s Dream
Look out for an in depth behind the scenes view of the creation of Ed’s album on an upcoming episode of Harmonized Sounds as well as a special interview with Ed on Old Bear’s Official “Bear Tone” Podcast. For more info on those connect with Old Bear Records’ socials below.