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High aspirations – why not?

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 !

Strange Translations – concert – Feb. 24, 2020

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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/

Spontaneous Moments – fall concert ~ Portland, Oregon

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)

The Relative Brightness of Stars (concert recording) Oct. 2017

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: david@wholeworks.net

Nov. 18, 2018 concert in Portland, Oregon, USA

“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
(503) 546-5622

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.

The NASA launch of the Parker Solar Probe is re-scheduled for Aug. 12, 2018.

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…

Today’s music quote – taken from one of the world’s great classics…

I enjoy running across intriguing references to music in our ancient literature. Today I found this, “…music has power to ease tension within the heart and to loosen the grip of obscure emotions… The enthusiasm of the heart expresses itself… From immemorial times the inspiring effect of the invisible sound that moves all hearts, and draws them together, has mystified us.” ~ found in the I Ching (or book of changes), Wilhelm/Baynes translation, in the commentary on Hexagram 16, Enthusiasm.

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