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
David Salminen, pianist, in concert ~ Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 1:30 pm ~ at a new venue (for him): Michelle’s Piano Company ~ 600 SE Stark St. Portland, Oregon 97214 ~ admission free (donations welcome to cover costs and support the artist) ~ program: cosmic improvisations and toning with tones ~ email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info ~ more about the location: https://www.michellespiano.com/about/
“Astronomical Moments” ~ David Salminen, piano ~ cosmic improvisations
Sunday, November 18, 2018 ~ 3 pm to 430 pm
no tickets necessary ~ donations welcome
Classic Pianos Recital Hall
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave
(corner of SE Powell Blvd)
Portland, Oregon 97202
Come join us for an afternoon of exciting musical diversion with David Salminen, presenting piano improvisations inspired by the great steps forward in our imagining of the far reaches of the universe, since the historical advances of pioneers like Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.
Live coverage from NASA is scheduled to be starting at 3 a.m. Eastern Time (USA) on August 12. The launch was originally scheduled for Aug. 11, but then scrubbed due to technical considerations. The launch will take place on the 12th only after everything is checked out and good to go. Hopefully NASA will succeed this time, as knowing more about our Star (the Sun), could be important for many reasons. We’ll have to wait and see what information the Parker Solar Probe and NASA will actually share…
April 7, 2018 ~ 3 pm to 430 pm (with an intermission) ~ Classic Pianos Recital Hall, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202 ~ phone (503) 546-5622 ~ Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Salminen’s concerts, especially since his “cosmic series” began, with “Beyond Termination Shock” in 2005, but even before the “cosmic series” started, have been recognized by many for being “musical meditations”… opportunities to relax and let the mind roam free… This particular concert is inspired by the astronomical phenomenon known as the Cosmic Light Horizon, which refers to the limit as to how far back in time our telescopes can see into the history of the Universe, and begs the question, “What is beyond the Horizon?” as a kind of impossible query, like a Zen Koan. In honor of the late great physicist Stephen Hawking, this concert is dedicated to him and inspired by a statement he made in an interview on National Geographic’s StarTalk, “The boundary condition of the universe… is that it has no boundary.”
From critics and fans: “At David’s concerts, “We, the listeners, become the music.” ~ Cheryl Kolander, Aurora Silk. “contains the very spark of life” ~ Julia Sopalski, for The Anchorage Times. “Salminen uses his rather unconventional methods to create [music] bursting with life, feeling and spectral intensity.” ~ Metro Magazine, Anchorage, Alaska
Something I discovered while reading literary commentaries by A.R. Orage: “One of the exercises in the [right] use of imagination is that of the frequent shift from the personal to the universal, and vice versa.” How nice to see this particular idea presented so clearly! It jives with the context I’ve referenced for my personal/universal cosmic metaphor piano concerts for years & years. And it’s a useful shock indeed to find that others may actually understand what you are aiming for, in your work, better than you do!
It may well be that Western music’s “major scale” is a musical metaphor: do is the moment of commitment. re is establishing contact with the work you’re doing, the process. mi is when you start to feel the process taking on a life of its own. mi-fa is a crisis point, wherein you suffer some disillusionment with certain presumptions and expectations. sol is when the power returns… you’re more than halfway there! But also here is temptation, the temptation to “coast”. la is when you re-commit, on a deeper level, knowing that in following the process, you have a chance to enter into the truly creative – something unforeseeable. si-do is the transition to letting go of the “push” and just allowing the result to manifest itself! ~ David Salminen’s re-working of a very old tradition, inspired by J.G. Bennett’s explanation of Gurdjieff’s mysterious law of heptaparaparshinokh, found in Bennett’s book: “Talks on Beelzebub’s Tales”.