" Take the longer way home because the song is on replay. "
One dark evening, the stars aligned, a chord strummed and reverberated against a dark mahogany wooden guitar beside a roaring campfire, a powerful vocal melody was sung, and Illunis (pronounced ill-lou-niss) was forged.
By accident and spontaneity Sean Clark and Ali Faghihi combined forces to start Illunis in late 2015. Songs Sean had held secretly for years had gained a new life force with Ali’s unique vocal style. Throughout 2016 the acoustic duo hit the recording studio, played shows and developed the signature Illunis sound.
In 2017, Illunis elicited Barak Levi for his diverse and creative lead guitar playing. The trio continued on honing their skills and worked as a songwriting trio to develop warm acoustic finger-picked riffs, topped with tasteful and rhythmic lead guitar melodies, and a broad ranged authoritative vocal punch.
By early 2019, Illunis was ready for a richer and more dynamic sound. They recruited David Frankel as an eclectic multi-talented drummer and they were off to the races.
Having his heart in many places, Sean left the band in late 2019 to pursue his passion for biology amongst other things, but not before leaving his soul into Illunis’s first upcoming studio album. Currently, Illunis is working in the studio to complete their debut album and songs which will be released throughout 2020. Illunis continually strives to push musical elements, create a dynamic listening experience, and positively impact the worlds of their listeners.
David Simon, Founder & CEO (Next Big Band)
"Illunis is truly original. From soaring vocals to non-traditional instrumentation, their live shows are great to watch and their songs are easy to love. Think Mumford And Son's meets Johnny Cash, if Johnny had been an operatic tenor and smiled more. Illunis crosses lots of categories and conjures lot's of memories, but delivers something fresh and fun you'll want to be a part of."
Steve Baltz, Owner/Operator(H.T. Grill)
"Ali Faghihi and his band Illunis has been performing at H.T.Grill regularly for the past 6 months. The unique sound of Illunis has been praised by customers new and old. We’ve enjoyed watching Illunis build a following over the past six months and frequently get calls inquiring when their next performance will be. We’re happy to have Ali and Illunis as one of our bands on a regular basis."
Colin Blumberg, Owner/Operator (AIGL)
"My wife and I hired Illunis to perform at my sons graduation party. They were true professionals from start to finish. Throwing a party comes with many stresses and they took such a huge weight off my shoulders by planning the music that was played, being punctual to the event, and keeping my guest on their feet dancing. Illunis are truly awesome. They helped create a night I will remember forever!
The music they played set the tone and energy for the event so well. All of our guest loved them and had such a great time at our party. I definitely recommend Illunis to anyone looking to hire a live band for their private events."
Arthur Autumn, (The Sunday Night Revue)
"I've had the good fortune of working and performing with Illunis on a number of different occasions. As an observer of Illunis, it is obvious that this is a band focused on their craft writing great songs that connect with the audience, and also a group focused on supporting one another. In every great band these elements are key and enable them to reach farther than their peers. This is a band capable of delivering an intriguing performance of their own work, or swinging in another direction when interpreting someone else's work through their own artistic lens. On top of it all, they are kind humble beings which add to their appeal. Book them. Love them."
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