Of the sounds from within

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rafael Pelissari (aka Pelissa Lunático ─ the lunatic) from an early age has always shown interest in various types of art, especially painting and music. Began to play the guitar by ear and self-taught has learned different styles of music ranging from Bossa Nova and Samba, through Blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Jazz, Reggae and the Caribbean rhythms, Indian music, among many other styles. Since the first time he played the guitar, he wasn't able to have a single thought where music wasn't present, had faced the inevitable fact that this was his place.

Action playin '

An adherent of the concept derived from the visual arts, the "action painting", Rafael has always been a supporter of improvisation and creative freedom, of the "momentum", of the music made, felt, improvised and executed at-the-time.

Open minded facing arts, Rafael is considered an apprentice devotee chasing knowledge, constantly seeking new music, sounds, movements and thoughts. As a huge fan of Indian classical music, searches through the tuned silence (the concept of khali), the state of "samadhi", the mentalization of colours, specific vibrations and combined with classical guitar techniques to create harmonies, melodies, soundscapes and the coloring of the whole existing and resonant space of the Cosmos - the Eufonia.

By mixing different musical styles and his Gypsy ancestral roots, has developed his own style over the years. The feature of his music is a reflection of different approaches. A fusion of classical music elements, Latin music, Brazilian musical rhythms, gypsy roots, introspective elements of music therapy, the colors of Indian classical music and the universal ethereal music to beyond the transcendental improvisation - a variety of elements, harmony and unique melody.

Jam based style of playing

Rafael's music reflects his constant search within transcendentalism and music therapy. The improvisation, or the jam based style of playing, is as outstanding as remarkable in his music, coupled with the experimentalism and combined with the gypsy guitar techniques.

Maintains, as himself likes to clarify, "an artistically humble outlook towards art and music." The sitarist, clarinetist, violinist, painter, poet, philosopher, likes the mixture of elements, the musical universalism in order to achieve transcendental melodies, almost sublime sounds, or as he learned with the Indian classical music, the "Raga" - as himself defines: "the coloring of the artistic expression of the notes carved in your soul as you chant your instrument."

An avowed bohemian.

"I am an avowed bohemian". - Rafael Pelissari

The nomad and bohemian artist Rafael Pelissari plays what he feels, with all the emotion, passion and freedom without losing the mystical/spiritual way, a true 'soul player'.

"It's not about what they say it should be, it's about what it is;
It's not about what is supposed to be felt, it's about feeling;
It's not about being the best, it's about being;
It's not about losing yourself, it's about finding yourself;
It's not about the musician, it's about the music.
True harmony."- Rafael Pelissari

"When it comes to music, freedom is breathtaking; in life, jammin' is the only way out.
The rest is absolute nothingness."

Rafael Pelissari


Journal, blog and stuff

May, 2014.
Tour over Europe

Dear friends,

As the clouds were moving far away east this last afternoon, transporting the same vivid blue sky of today, to a tomorrow's brand new life, I came to realize the way it's always been.
And as I stayed up thru the whole night that I had ahead of me, now it has been. I've seen before my eyes days became nights and nights became days, the moving skies, knowing for sure that seasons will change, and, the fact that today isn't just the day after yesterday, but a brand new day, the rays of a brand new life.
Filled and complete with this feeling of transitority and aware of the magnitude of the Cosmos, I waive to each and every form of violence and the permanency on now.
Yet, I see what it has been and what it is, thus, I will no longer waste my presence here on this planet with meaningless things.
Nevertheless of what tomorrow will bring me, I have learned with waves hitting the rocks on the shore, as much as the simplicity of the rain dropping on my shoulders or a sunset, a child's smile or a dog's companionship, it's pointless sailing against the wind, when the wind itself can be a tool, can be a partner.
The first thing to do is stop to pretend, to intend, and live the life that comes from the inside out, and when we learn how to think differently on the same issues we have always had, then we face a new solution to whatever issue life presents us; it is never too late, it is never too far.
It's as clear as the day, and in fact it is day.
In broad daylight, the effort to be free is the only thing that should be permanent.

Rafael Pelissari

Rafael Pelissari @ the Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts

previous entries

"NÃo sei a receita da mÚsica
Tampouco a da vida
Vou tocando assim

Rafael Pelissari


Rafael Pelissari @ Eudaimonia Studios

Rafael Pelissari 'La Bodega'

Rafa @ the Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts

Rafa & Friends

Pelissa jamming

Artistic photo with the sitar

Rafa with his brother Felipe (dated)

Rafael Pelissari

'The Bohemian' part I

'How's Sugar Free' (2003)

'The Bohemian' part II

Rafael Pelissari (2016)

"NÃo tem como tocar sem sentimento.
Hoje nÃo sinto amor, nÃo sinto raiva,
Nem paixÃo, nem nada.
O resultado disso É um silÊncio ensurdecedor."

Rafael Pelissari


Rafael Pelissari - Bantu

Rafael Pelissari @ the Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts teaser

Falseta Impetuosa - Aos bons ventos que a trazem de volta

Soundscaping em Fevereiro de 2014.

Rafael Pelissari - Ode À la bohÈme

Rafael Pelissari - Variations on Sonata no. 14, Op. 27 no. 2, 1st movement (L. van Beethoven) - Sitar & Gipsy Guitar

Rafael Pelissari - Fragmentos

Rafael Pelissari jamming with the birds (Étude des variations sur la sonate n. 14 - L. van Beethoven)

Pelissa LunÁtico & The Cosmik Sloppy Jam - Introspection (Upliftune)

Pelissa improv session: Jam 'daquele abraÇo'

Rafael Pelissari playing a little fragment of 'Bantu'

Rafael Pelissari - Colonel Heiken Bottle's Orchestra

Rafael Pelissari - Variations on Sonata no. 14, Op. 27 no. 2, 1st movement (L. van Beethoven) - Sitar & Gipsy Guitar

Rafael Pelissari on musical improvisation

Other Media

Rafael Pelissari - Eurides

Rafael Pelissari - Flyin' Back Home