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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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”.


post-manifestation note re: the Zone of Avoidance

Many and heartfelt thanks to all the folks who came out to the concert yesterday, to listen for the echoes of an intuition of the tunes and harmonies and rhythms of the imaginal world beyond habitual or customary patterns of avoidance… And much gratitude also to the Portland Piano Company, who provided a Fazioli concert grand piano for the occasion that was wildly fabulous beyond any reasonable expectations one might have about pianos. The tonal responsiveness of the instrument was out of this world, which helped to enhance the experience we were going for… 


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