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Spring concert: The Cosmic Light Horizon

Vardas Pictures 1 083                                                                            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 ~ all ages ~ donations welcome ~

Salminen’s concerts, since his cosmological series of concerts began with “Beyond Termination Shock” in 2005, are often remarked upon by people as being musical meditations. This particular concert was 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 that Horizon?” Metaphorically, we can go farther and use music as a way to contemplate “What is beyond the beyond?” as a kind of impossible query, like a Zen Koan. In honor of the late Stephen Hawking, this concert is dedicated to him and inspired by a direct quotation taken from 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

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a thought exercise…

Wm. Blake painting – Glad Day

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!

do-re-mi… the creative process


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”.


David Salminen’s Oct. 28, 2017 concert in Portland, Oregon, USA

David’s next concert, in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 28, 2017, 1 pm, is inspired by thinking about “The Relative Brightness of the Stars”. It will happen at the Recital Hall inside of Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR, USA 97202.

It turns out that stars, just like us humans, have life cycles… most stars can be found in what astronomers call “the main sequence”… but there are many outliers, as well. The stars are similar to us, or – as we are each and all made of star dust – we are similar to the stars. (No admission charge; donations to help cover expenses and support David’s efforts are welcome.) Please share this announcement with your friends as you see fit.


Hitch your wagon to a star…

“Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works which serve our pot and bag alone. Let us not lie and steal. No god will help. We shall find all their teams going the other way,—Charles’s Wain, Great Bear, Orion, Leo, Hercules: every god will leave us. Work rather for those interests which the divinities honor and promote,—justice, love, freedom, knowledge, utility.” – from Society and Solitude, by Ralph Waldo Emerson



Portland, Oregon concert, Sunday 3 pm March 12, 2017

“The Call of the Cosmos” …come join me for the unveiling of new piano improvisations linking spontaneity with classical impulses… a relaxing tribute to  multi-sensory imagination… learn how to listen to the Cosmos with X-ray vision!

David Salminen in concert, 3 pm Sunday, March 12, 2017 (Please remember that our clocks “spring forward” at 2 a.m. that Sunday morning.)

open to the public – supported by donations

CLASSIC PIANOS Recital Hall (503) 239-9969

3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

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for more information please email: david@wholeworks.netngc6357-winter-wonderland

NGC 6357 – located in our galaxy – about 5,500 light years from Earth – Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L. Townsley et al; Optical: UKIRT;  Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech


The Jan 15, 2017 “Cosmos” concert has been cancelled


image: NASA – Hubble telescope – outer space… stars & galaxies


David Salminen’s improvisational concerts, in addition to being live demonstrations of the pleasures and surprises of the spontaneous moment, are vehicles for communicating ways in which listening to music can foster creativity in anyone, in any area a person has a need for it… these events are not simply about music. Really, so much in our lives could be improved, made better, etc. with a little bit more creativity, and we all possess unlimited potential for it – fresh ideas & new ways of seeing, hearing, and doing things. Dedication: In appreciation of Pauline Oliveros 1932-2016, an American composer and the champion of “deep listening”.

At David’s concerts “We, the listeners, become the music.”                  Cheryl Kolander – Aurora Silk

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Phone: 503-762-6387


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