Ira Antelis has been a gifted composer and music producer for more than 40 years. His compositions have touched the lives of millions of people. He understands that music has the power to heal, comfort, and restore. Moved by this unprecedented and insidious pandemic that has taken so many lives from us, those we have loved, this project aptly named “We Have Loved,” has emerged.

In honor of all those untimely stolen, those whom we have loved deeply and profoundly, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, friends and lovers, we offer moments of solace in the form of beautiful, quiet musical meditations.

We offer these themes freely, in the hope that they will bring you to a place of tranquility, promote quiet reflection, and help soothe you during this period of sadness and heartache.

The team of musicians, artists, and designers behind “We Have Loved”

Ira Antelis

Composer & Producer

Ira Antelis has been writing and producing music for over 30 years. Brands like Gatorade (Be Like Mike) and McDonald’s have used Ira’s music for commercials. He’s composed theme songs like “Remember The Magic” for Disney and written songs for artists such as Patti LaBelle and Marc Anthony.  He has also written music for movies, television, and composed music for the theatre. ‘We Have Loved’ is Ira’s third solo project and dedicated to all those who’ve lost there lives during this pandemic.

Fareed Haque


Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Fareed has performed at many jazz festivals including the Montreux, North Sea, Chicago, Detroit, and Java Jazz festivals and has been featured as part of the Made in Chicago Series performing with his numerous groups at Millenium Park’s Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago.

Lee Musiker


Lee Musiker is a Grammy and Emmy award-winning pianist, conductor, music director, and arranger/orchestrator/composer. He is known for his wealth of experience collaborating with premier artists in the Classical, Operatic, Broadway, Jazz, and Pop music genres. Since 2001 Mr. Musiker has been touring with Tony Bennett; he served as music director and pianist for the Grammy Award–winning album Tony Bennett: Duets — An American Classic and the recent Duets 2.

One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Goran Ivanovic has built a career built upon exploration. Born and raised in Croatia, he was in the midst of studying at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria with masters like Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch when his parents (his father is a Serb, his mother a Bosnian Croat) were expelled in the late 90s; the family was granted asylum in the US and they settled in Chicago. 

Charles Jenkins is a multi award-winning songwriter, Hit maker, Billboard #1 Music Producer, 9 time Stellar award-winning recording artist, Soul Train Music Award Nominee, Multi-Dove Music Award Nominee, & was named Black Enterprise Magazine’s Urban Business Game Changer under 40.

David Shire

Songwriter & Composer

David Shire, an Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee, has composed prolifically for the theatre, films, television and recordings. The soundtracks to the 1976 film The Big Bus, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Conversation and All the President’s Men, and parts of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack such as “Manhattan Skyline”, are some of his best-known works.


We Have Loved

Music for Reflection, Remembrance and Healing


Composed by Ira Antelis
Produced by Ira Antelis and Rick Fritz

Featuring Fareed Haque, Lee Musiker, and Goran Ivanovic

Recorded, mixed, & engineered by Rick Fritz
Additional Recording by Kenny Feldman
Recorded at Audiotree Studios and Merkin Hall


“Awesome” written by Charles Jenkins and Rick Robinson

Recorded at Fellowship


Website: Emily Blue, Sid Khaitan & Patrick Thomas
Graphic Design: Scott Durand


1. A Moment Is All We Have
Performed by Fareed Haque


2. In Despair
Performed by Lee Musiker


3. Tears For Mom
Performed by Fareed Haque
Cello Arrangement by Paul Mutzabaugh
Cello Performed by Wendy Cotton


4. Still Hear Your Voice
Performed by Lee Musiker


5. I Remember When
Performed by Goran Ivanovic
Additional Instruments Played by Ira Antelis


6. Goodbye From Afar
Performed by Fareed Haque


7. We Have Loved
Performed by Lee Musiker


8. A World in Mourning
Performed by Fareed Haque


9. Finding Peace
Performed by Lee Musiker


10. Awesome

Performed by Charles Jenkins


Special Thanks
Bob Chimbel, Remy Patrizio


We Have Loved: COVID-19 Memorial

A gallery of photos and videos about loss.