A nation of the forests, the great apes. It is a privilege to have met so many of you in sanctuary. To share time and friendship, and especially music.
Great Ape Sanctuaries
It's with great pleasure meeting great ape sanctuary founders and leaders over many years. It has been a life changing experience meeting the apes that had once been subjected into laboratory research, entertainment or in the pet industry and now living safely in sanctuary. Making friends, and sharing music with them is one of the most beautiful and amazing things I've ever experienced.
Dr. Jane Goodall
"Harry Hmura uses his musical talent, fueled by his passion, to draw attention to the plight of Chimpanzees and other Great Apes living in sanctuaries. Skillfully blending his music with the calls of the apes Harry has created a magical experience. And every penny raised makes a difference for the apes – and the dedicated people who struggle to care for them. My gratitude to you Harry and to all of you who buy his music. It truly makes a difference."
Jane Goodall PhD, DBE- Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
"The first time I listened to this intensely personal music I cried. It’s not only beautifully composed and produced, but hearing the vocals of the apes in harmony with the music took me on an amazing emotional journey. Bravo Harry!"
Martin O'Donnell, composer and producer of Halo
I AM, I AM is composed and produced by guitarist Harry Hmura; artist, performer, songwriter, guitarist of Halo, the video game series. Inspiration by Dr. Jane Goodall, and all the many apes he met in sanctuary, the albums story with original music is based on true events of the past and present lives of great apes. It's project is for their future assisting great ape sanctuaries worldwide.
Preview the album
A historic first -
Great ape and human vocals, a guitar-led band come together in a powerful story of who and what I AM, I AM. With original music and based on true events of great apes lives, listen to vocal expressions and sounds of the great apes singing, laughing, crying, clapping, outcries and more. A journey, a story of life, love, celebration, fear, consequences and survival; living freely in the forests, births and celebration, captured, subjected into bio-medical research laboratories, habitat loss, orphaned, refuge in sanctuary.
Official video to title track I AM, I AM
Official video #2 - I AM, I AM
Official video to the song "Holding On Tonight" composed for innocent orphaned chimpanzees and gorillas in just one of Africa's great ape sanctuaries. Lei Lei, pictured in the vid is memorialized with his name being sung in the lyrics.
Purchase I AM, I AM
I AM-I AM Project benefits great apes sharing the CD and download proceeds with sanctuaries worldwide. Sanctuaries provide life time care, rehabilitation, companionship, shelter, protection even sometimes reuniting family members.
$15 CD / $10 Digital Download
“I never thought I’d be sharing music, playing guitar and making friends with great apes I’ve met rescued and living in sanctuary. It's immeasurable... How does one go about explaining the feeling? I do know it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced.”
Harry began playing guitar at age 7. He met B.B. King at 13. He started his career touring with Grammy Award Winning blues artist James Cotton as he was turning 21. He then followed up touring Europe with Grammy Award Winning blues artist Sugar Blue, who had recorded and toured with the Rolling Stones. He formed his own band, a fusion of progressive rock and improvisatory freeness of Jazz called, Countdown. Harry has performed on the world renowned, Halo, the video game series. He's recorded for a wide range of television shows on network and cable stations, NBC, A&E, Discovery, Biography, History, ESPN, VH-1, radio and TV commercials, including co-writing / producing, and touring with smooth jazz artist, Brian Culbertson. Harry has played alongside, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Jeff Healey, Elvin Bishop among others. He continues to travel and speak on behalf of the great apes, performing with his own band, with Sugar Blue, and is part time faculty at Columbia College Chicago.
For the album I AM, I AM - Harry combined top notch musicians, Bob Lizik on bass and Richard Jackson on drums and percussion, background vocalists and a children's choir with the many voices of great apes from around the world, in a unique recording like never heard before.
"Harry is a longtime musician best friend who helped the Halo music become iconic in the world of video games." - Martin O'Donnell, composer and producer of Halo
"For many years, Harry Hmura has been our go-to guitarist for one very simple reason - he elevates everything he plays on! His latest project "I Am, I Am" is unique and uplifting. It is unlike anything you've heard before." -Michael Salvatori, composer and producer of Halo