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
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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!
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’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. 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
“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
Website & map: http://portland.classicpianos.net/contact
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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 https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/cosmic-winter-wonderland.html
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.
image: NASA – Hubble telescope – outer space… stars & galaxies
DUE TO PROBLEMATIC CONTINUING WEATHER CONDITIONS IN PORTLAND AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS, THE JANUARY 15, 2017 CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED – IT WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED, BUT WE DON’T HAVE A NEW DATE, AS OF YET.
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
For more information: https://davidsalminen.com
This month I have a different book, but each by the Dalai Lama, in every room in my house (except the bathroom – no further comment). So I pick up one or another book at odd moments… which are quite frequent in my life. A recurrent theme, in the D.L.’s writings, is the veneration of the mother, in terms, for instance, of a meditation practice of imagining reincarnation over endless lives (it is not necessary to believe in this, literally), implying that one could regard every creature as having been one’s mother at some point in time, in some other life. For myself, I am using this practice suggestion to meditate on many different people I have known, and imagining them as close to me – as close as a mother or a father, a sister or a brother, a son or a daughter… It is so important now for more and more humans to develop empathy as best we can. What can we do to reinforce our sense of impartial positive regard or love? What is more pertinent to that project than the fostering of awareness and respect for mothers?
One of my spiritual teachers was the late John G. Bennett (1897-1974). He was an Englishman who off and on lived and traveled in the Near & Middle East, and he was really impacted by experiences in Islamic countries in the early 1950’s. Here’s a note from his published journals, “I began to be occupied with… sacrifice and trouble for the sake of work. As these thoughts proceeded in me, there was suddenly added the phrase, ‘the effects of a cause must always re-enter the cause’. (from Gurdjieff’s All & Everything, p. 1135)… [and] I saw afresh the whole significance of this ‘world law’ and its application to sacrifice and trouble. Wherever the sacrifice issues from, thither it will return. If it comes from our silly egoism and desire to be seen and appreciated, these will be strengthened by it. But if it comes from a sincere feeling of need to serve the work, then the result will give life to our own individuality… If we wish to carry with us something that can become immortal, then our actions must issue from an act of will that is not confined to this fugitive experience of life in space and time.” – Volume 2, p. 173. The journals were published in two volumes as “Journeys in Islamic Countries” – https://www.amazon.com/Journeys-Islamic…/dp/1881408124