“… music has power to ease tension within the heart and to loosen the grip of obscure emotions. The enthusiasm of the heart expresses itself involuntarily in a burst of song, in dance and rhythmic movement of the body. From immemorial times the inspiring effect of the invisible sound that moves all hearts, and draws them together has mystified mankind.” ~ I Ching , Hexagram 16, Wilhelm/Baynes translation
“There are two forms of Grace, neither greater than the other – a melodious voice and the faculties to appreciate them.” ~ attributed to the Qawwalli Sufis
“My friends have come to me unsought. The great God gave them to me. By oldest right, by the divine affinity of virtue with itself, I find them, or rather, not I, but the Deity in me and in them, both deride and cancel the thick walls of individual character, relation, age, sex, and circumstance, at which he usually connives, and now makes many one.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay “Friendship”
There is a particular Bach fugue that I like to practice (I am a keyboard artist) to the mental rhythm of “I love you, (wife’s name)”. It works for me, as a kind of meditation. I leave out the exact identifications here, of both the fugue and my wife, as that sort of thing is different for every musician/husband, artist/wife, plumber/partner, et al.
Coming to Portland, Oregon ~ one night only ~ Monday evening, Feb. 24, 2020 ~ 7:30 to 9:00 pm ~ Miami-based multi-instrumentalist John Henry Dale, and Portland’s pianist-composer David Salminen, are teaming up to create a unique mind-expanding concert experience. ~ FREE ~ Featuring John Henry’s algorithmic Ableton music compositions – inspired by great chess matches ~ and David’s improvisations on grand piano – inspired by selected hexagrams from the I Ching. Location: Michelle’s Piano Company, 600 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214. https://www.michellespiano.com/about/
Music is, for both musicians and audiences, an awesome power, with the ability to create feelings of harmony, within oneself, with others, with the world, and even with the greater cosmos… Music is a way of establishing a position of connection between the outer cosmos and the inner cosmos, or of linking together what Ludwig van Beethoven’s favorite philosopher Immanuel Kant called, “the starry heavens above and the moral universe within”. David Salminen’s concerts aim high… and invite audiences to join in with his adventurous excursions, aspirations, inclinations, investigations, and fun. And there is always a possibility for an etc. or two, as well !
…. algorithmic Ableton music compositions – inspired by great chess matches… audible patterns in strategy & intuition… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWiqiyt9jIs&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3d2i-ceTnqJy9lYVTZ8nEBjjMNIrX1CBf_2Sy1tech6_v6jcW0hzkvKaY
To all my friends and music fans in Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas… I cheerfully invite you, each and every one of you.. and whoever you might want to drag along with you, to my Monday evening ~ Feb. 24, 2020 ~ collaborative concert with John Henry Dale. It begins at 730 pm, and will go to about 9 pm, at Michelle’s Piano Company, 600 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214 ~ Most assuredly, it will be a singular mind-opening concert experience, featuring the inimitable John Henry Dale – demonstrating his algorithmic music compositions inspired by great chess matches… and myself, David Salminen – creating cosmic improvisations inspired by the great Chinese oracle known as the I Ching… and it’s free (donations welcome). ~ Michelle’s Piano Company, 600 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214 ~ Phone 503-295-1180 ~ https://www.michellespiano.com/about/
Oct. 27, 2019, 2 pm – 330 pm, at Michelle’s Piano Company, 600 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214 ~ piano improvisations inspired by some of the unexpected events or “spontaneous moments” in the life of the epic Sumerian/Babylonian hero Gilgamesh ~ free admission (donations welcome)
https://soundcloud.com/david-salminen/the-relative-brightness-of-stars-part-1-mp3 ~ An example of space exploration through musical improvisation… this is one of my most popular recordings. Out of respect and appreciation for so many of my friends who cannot come to the 24 Feb. 2019 concert in Portland, Oregon… I wanted to share something online that hasn’t been put up before. If you’d like to have a CD or audio cassette, please contact me by email: email@example.com