‘Harmonious’ brings a global cast of musical artists from around the world to EPCOT
Music is at the heart of any celebration. It can bring the world together across borders and borders, and Disney music is recognized wherever you are in the world. He touches people’s lives through powerful melodies and memorable lyrics that are inspiring and moving in any language. “Harmonious», the brand new upcoming night show EPCO, celebrates the music of Disney and its ability to unite us all, to bring cultures and generations together to unleash the magic of the possible.
The “Harmonious” soundtrack was produced remotely through more than 100 separate recording sessions in nine different countries and five states. In total, nearly 240 musicians, artists, composers, arrangers, cultural advisers and singers contributed to the unique and totally authentic sound of the show.
“Harmonious” takes us on a journey through new interpretations of familiar Disney songs, performed in more than a dozen languages by a cast of talented singers from around the world. Some are recognizable names, whether in the United States or in their home country, while others are rising stars heard by a global audience for the first time.
Award-winning Puerto Rican artist Luis Fonsi, responsible for several worldwide hits including “Despacito,” joins Mexican singer-songwriter Joy for a rousing, pan-Latin take on songs from “Coco” and “Saludos Amigos.” A fresh and dynamic arrangement of “Dig a Little Deeper” from “The Princess and the Frog” features vocalist Bryson Camper and legendary Gospel artists Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard, along with musical selections from “Mulan”, “The Jungle Book” and “Aladdin” are highlighted by the vocal talents of Wang Liuqi, Hollie Hammel, Aditya Rao, Gaayatri Kaundinya, Jorgie Shkara and Sanaa Marahati.
Johannesburg’s Ndlovu Youth Choir performs a mix of favorites from “The Lion King”, performed in English and Zulu. We also hear a duet with French pop singer Damien Sargue, singing “Out There” from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and the music to Disney and Pixar’s “Brave” gets a Celtic kick from the violins in Grammy and Emmy duel- nominated violinist Máiréad Nesbitt and electronic artist, violinist and multi-talented artist Lindsey Stirling.
Here’s a look at the amazing work that went into creating the music for “Harmonious.”
“Harmonious” opens with an inspiring medley of “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” and “Go the Distance” from “Hercules,” performed by “American Idol” runner-up and three-time Grammy nominee Danny Gokey and singers Elisha Garrett and Ninet Tayeb. The show ends with a finale that unites everyone around World Showcase and around the world, as many musical artists come together to perform a poignant and powerful song, bringing “Harmonious” to an emotional ending.
Throughout the soundtrack, there’s also a musical motif in the form of the soaring melody of composer Pinar Toprak’s new EPCOT anthem, and all of these various pieces of music are artfully woven together by arranger Mark Hammond and Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Music Producer and Creative Director Yaron Spiwak. The resulting ensemble is a magnificent, unprecedented cultural symphony.
“Harmonious,” one of the biggest nighttime shows ever for a Disney park and a key milestone in EPCOT’s transformation, is set to open Oct. 1 as part of the celebration of the Walt Disney World Resort 50and birthday.