HYDRO STATIC UNION
Chicago rock/alternative band Hydro Static Union. Formed in early 1996 by Artie Carlson and Andrew Spencer.
Harry Hmura – Halo Guitarist
If you have ever played the world renowned video game series, HALO, you’ve heard Harry Hmura’s guitar. He initially performed on the first game HALO, “Rock Anthem To Save The World.” The incredible Steve Vai played on HALO 2 and Harry then followed up performing on games 3 and 4, ODST and REACH. He helped the Halo music become iconic in the world of video games.
Harry started out touring the U. S. and Canada with Grammy Award Winning blues artist, James Cotton (formerly Muddy Waters harmonica player) as he was turning 21. An experience like no other, Harry learned quickly about life on the road and its expectations. The band traveled 40-44 weeks out of the year, leaving not much down time. There were intense bright spots playing alongside blues and rock legends, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts, Elvin Bishop, Jeff Healey among others.
Harry was then asked to join and tour Europe exclusively with Grammy Award Winning blues artist, Sugar Blue, another blues harmonica player who had recorded and toured with the Rolling Stones. The extensive traveling and gigging throughout France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland offered new and exciting experiences, giving way to large venues and jazz festivals, Montreux, North Sea-Hague, Madrid, Paris, Middlehiem, Switz.., again bringing incredible bright spots performing on festivals with jazz legends, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Toots Thielemans and Mickey baker.
As a live performer, Harry toured much of the world, absorbing experiences and inspiration that was all around him. He developed his own band, Countdown in his hometown, Chicago. It was original music, a fusion of blues, progressive rock and improvisatory freeness of jazz. This was the beginning of a new era. He was writing original compositions, and creating his own style. Along with band performances and teaching again, Harry began doing studio sessions recording for local and national radio and TV commercials. He has recorded for a wide range of television shows on network TV on, NBC, CBS, WGN, and cable stations A&E, Discovery, Biography, History, ESPN, VH-1, Weather and performed the National Anthem in Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox baseball team.