The history of ÆTHER has begins in 1974, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when former members of a few no longer existing bands, friends ALBERTO CURI, VINICIUS BRAZIL and FERNANDO CARVALHO gather together to
form a rock band called “Magenta”. That formation has another friend in it: Wilman Jorge, on drums.
In 1977, with Wilman’s leave, the band is renamed to “Rockambole”. On the period, the group already shows influences of progressive rock.
In 1983, with the inclusion of keyboards, played by CURI, and synth-guitars, played by VINICIUS, the band is completely turned over into prog-rock and once more has it’s name changed, now to “Albatroz” (Albatross).
The first studio recordings take place. With the songs “Luz Esperança” (Light Hope) and Renascer (Rebirth), the band makes an expressive breakthrough on the major local rock FM radio station (Rádio Fluminense - the same vehicle on which bands such as “Bacamarte” have first been exposed) as the second title has remained frequent in the programmation for more than six months.
Even with the deffection of bass player FERNANDO, in 1985, the band remains active until 93 with CURI, VINÍCIUS and another bass player friend, Carlos Cesar. Around then, the name “Albatroz” is dropped, due to its usage by other acts.
In 1995, once again together, CURI, VINÍCIUS and FERNANDO form ÆTHER.
The name ÆTHER comes from the Greek language and represents "the real quintessence of all possible energy". It is the universal agent responsible for each and every manifestation of energy on the material, psychic and spiritual worlds. One of its properties is Sound (the Word, or “Verb”)"*. The band’s conceptual context is defined within these parameters.
With the facilities given by VINICIUS BRAZIL’s SoftMusic studio - a totally digital platform founded in 1988 -, the creativity and the possibility of experimentations with orchestral elements make the band start to make a “trip” into the conception of their first work, all without the limitations in time and budget most bands are often faced
with. The symphonic progressive format is then affirmed, bringing life to “VISIONS”, their first CD, with participations of drummer Brandon Ramos and some invited musicians - like Glauco Fernandes, on violins, and Eduardo Campos, on piano and some keyboards. This work, conceptual in its essence, has been composed around musical "visions" of images, events, moments and situations.
In 1999, due to the leave of Brandon Ramos, led by professional and academic reasons, ÆTHER is joined by former Bacamarte drummer MARIO LEME (at the time still with Kaizen, which he would leave in 2001), through recommendation of Glauco Fernandes, with whom he had played extensively.
After live shows with that lineup which included the opening of 1999 Rio Art Rock Festival, the band started to work in the conception of their second CD, "INNER VOYAGES BETWEEN OUR SHADOWS", a work that would eventually count with yet another participation by Glauco Fernandes, now playing a whole set of string instruments as well as solos. This CD is finished, in November 2002, and had its official release launched in March 2003, when the band opens for the Dutch great Focus in Rio de Janeiro.
During these last 20 years, many other musicians other than VINICIUS, CURI and FERNANDO have been with the band - all of them, first of all, friends. Their feelings, personalities and dreams are engraved in this essence called ÆTHER.
The first CD, “VISIONS”, shows the maturing of the seeds planted by all those friends.
The second, "INNER VOYAGES BETWEEN OUR SHADOWS" confirms those concepts.
Beside its two authorial projects, the band has taken part in two projects of the Colossus / Musea European, in the "Odyssey" of Homero in 2005 and "Stories of HPLovercraft" in 2012, the latter with the participation of José Carlos Batista Jr. on drums.
In 2014, Æther has a new lineup once more, as ADILSON ALEXANDRE JR. (formerly with Scars Souls), takes over the band's drumsticks. Æther had seeked for a new drummer for a couple of years, since MARIO LEME had to retire from his career due to physical limitations, and ADILSON's name is suggested by Claudio Dantas, drummer for Quaterna Réquiem. After a few rehearsals, it becomes clear that Adilson is the indicated drummerfit for the band at this juncture, not only due to his influences, but also because there was mutual affinity between him and the founding members.