DAVID SALMINEN: THE NATURE OF WATER
Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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The Nature of Water is the inspiration behind this August 17 set of improvisations. As everybody knows, water is a major symbol running through all cultures, but it is useful as such only when we open up to its signals. Clues are everywhere! For instance, The I Ching (Wilhelm/Baynes version) informs us that “Water… flows on and on, and merely fills up all the places through which it flows; it does not shrink from any dangerous spot nor from any plunge, and nothing can make it lose its own essential nature. It remains true to itself under all conditions.”
David’s concert improvisations arise out of personal experience… but also a thorough classical training, beginning in 1960 and his earliest piano lessons in Rochester, New York at the David Hochstein Music School, and continuing in Massachusetts at Clark University, 1969-74… interrupted by a year at The International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne, England with John Bennett, and continuing once again at the University of Alaska for several years, with the French-born virtuoso Jean-Paul Billaud, who transmitted various streams of the European classical tradition.
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