The Music of David Salminen

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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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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


amiably… seeking spontaneity

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“Know your strengths and own them and don’t apologize for them.” attributed to Annabel Acton (seen on the website, 5/11/16) – As a kind of example… I have been able to improvise at the piano, quite amiably, since the beginning of my own memories, from around the age of 5. More importantly, as I discovered in the fall of 1980, it is possible to improvise with great purpose and result, given special circumstances. Describing such “circumstances” could result in a very long story – and one that I hope to be able to share someday. Meanwhile – let me just say that I am very, very grateful to all the people who have attended my musical meditations over the past 30-odd years, with the kind of openness and attitude that facilitates a methodology driven by spontaneity.


listening consciousness

There are so many ways to listen to music… but a quiet, inquisitive way of listening, allowing one’s consciousness to be brought forward into contact with the movement of the sound as body experience, higher or lower, or in two or more places at once, when one is just listening with a continuous letting go into the flow of it… This kind of listening allows something to happen to the whole of oneself, refreshing and renewing .

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Experiences in Synchronicity

An intriguing idea on how to listen to music – simple and direct – from the Ukranian-born composer Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956): “Look into the depths of eternity.” David Salminen’s concert today, 3 pm March 30, 2014, at the Portland Piano Company in Portland, Oregon, will afford circumstances conducive to practicing that kind of listening. Join us if you can! But if you can’t, and you’re nonetheless interested in listening to music more effectively – drop me a line. Maybe we can find a way to chat about it. Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave. Portland, OR 97205
Donations to help make additional events more feasible are gratefully accepted.
For more information, call 503.762.6387



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