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  • On An Overgrown Path: Perfection versus eclectic stupidity
    Facebook and Twitter All photos are c On An Overgrown Path 2011 Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Saturday January 01 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels catalonia france jordi savall Pablo Casals prades thomas merton 2 comments Pliable said Eamonn Quinn commented via Facebook Path s Collide again I m reading Merton s Thoughts on Solitude Merton reveals that he is unsure of the journey ahead that he cannot see clearly ahead that he does not know for certain where the journey will end and who he himself is When Merton wrote those words he had lived through seventeen years of monastic discipline and contemplative prayer as a Cisterican It is helpful to know he was as insecure and confused Also just to point out that I have commissioned Dmitri Yanov Yanovsky to write a new work based on Merton s great friend and mystic Robert Lax from his book Circus days and Circus Nights which was described by the New York Times as a masterpiece of the 20th Century http www facebook com overgrownpath posts 172182466151809 bcode gTGLF 11 46 am Pliable said Thanks for that Eamonn This post and others like it give me food for thought The whole area of the contemplative life mysticism and inter religous dialogue is hardly mainstream Yet the readership that this post achieved is remarkably large in fact on a par with much more mainstream topics As we move deeper into the cycle of Kali Yuga time of troubles the choice seems to be polarising between existential despair or exploring the spiritual and the latter path does thankfully seem to be attracting many This is a subject I will be returning to 12 01 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January 30 Never underestimate the public s intelligence Milton Babbitt writing music for our elite Glenn Gould and social media Observing all the repeats The art of the march What price freedom of the airwaves Do concert

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A few notes are worth a thousand words
    Hatter said John Zorn the best documented in volume of recordings living composer He has led me down dozens of paths since I first bought The Big Gundown on vinyl on its initial release some 25 years ago That album introduced me to Bill Frisell Then Spy vs Spy which led me obviously to Ornette Coleman but also to Tim Berne and Joey Baron News For Lulu to George Lewis but also to many many Blue Note musicians Then Masada to Dave Douglas and the list could go on and on it must also have been a Zorn path that led me initially to Marc Ribot I guess As much as I like Uri Caine s Book of Angels recordings I don t think there was a Zorn path to him but the paths were probably getting so interconnected by that point who can say If you don t know Zorn s music the Book of Angel series on Tzadik is a pretty good place to start A trip to Dublin sounds quite tempting 4 18 pm Pliable said Bernard Tuyttens writes In case you would like to dig into J Zorn s Music there is an Italian blog in italian with each time a summary in english commenting each Zorn release http zornography blogspot com In case you would like to limit yourself to the Zorn MASADA project http barkokhba chez com masada htm sess 62cdb8090a5e145462a366ea47812b04 In case you prefer a more relaxed approach go to the Book of Angels it s about only 316 compositions And for a rare interview http www rowan edu open philosop clowney Aesthetics Zorn htm 5 19 pm Pliable said and Rehearsing for recording aleatoric music Cobra The director provides the musicians with signals signs On You Tube http www youtube com watch v MXkAr4w4cjY 5 20 pm Pliable said Email received from BT The only non Jew in the original Masada quartet was Dave Douglas trumpet Zorn Baron Friedlander are all Jews What is Dave doing Have a look http greenleafmusic com blog In other Masada news Dave will be conducting a seminar on May 10th at The Stone celebrating the Masada book Details below Further info at The Stone s website DAVE DOUGLAS The Music of Masada 7PM to 10PM THIRTY DOLLARS Open to musicians on any instrument Trumpeter in various MASADA ensembles since 1993 Douglas talks about and demonstrates some of the unique performance issues raised in this celebrated book of compositions by John Zorn The group will work on several pieces from the book in differing ensemble formations illuminating ideas about performance practice and limning the knowns and unknowns in the pages of the MASADA book For those interested in an inside look at this music this will be a challenging and fun hands on experience Please arrive on time and bring your instrument Bring your instrument Good to see that Meanwhile there is Electric Masada Masada string trio Etc etc 4 05 pm Post a Comment Newer Post

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Erik Satie - twenty hours of Vexations
    Oh Jamal Sutto 6 40 pm Pliable said Marc well spotted As usual my error I cut of the n when I pasted the text across It is actually Jamal Jonathan Sutton and Jamal is Senior Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex College http www sid cam ac uk life chapel choir I am now reassured that readers persevere to the end of my articles 6 49 pm Pliable said That comment above leads me down another path Go to the Sidney Sussex College Music Society page here http www srcf ucam org sscms calendar php Look at the performance tomorrow 21st November The musicians are listed in order of height you can t get much more egalitarian than that But I know some conductors who wouldn t be too happy with their position in the order 6 56 pm Pliable said I m now told the order of height thing is actually an in joke The singers are listed in order of vocal height ie range Still fairly egalitarian though But definitely not acceptable to some divas and tenors I could think of Erik Satie would have loved it though 7 40 pm Pliable said Email received It will not come as a surprise to you that I have done the vexations already a couple of times First one to do this was John Cage I think Gavin Bryars did it later on as well Best Daan Vandewalle http www daanvandewalle com curriculum html 7 49 am Pliable said Email received Funny thing serendipity is On my way to work this morning listening to Aldo Ciccolini playing Granados and Albeniz from a CD I ripped onto my iPod my journey by bus is one hour each way so I get a LOT of listening done I was thinking how nice it would be to have his set of the complete Satie piano music on CD One of my favourite Satie works is Socrate and one of my favourite recordings on CD is by Hugues Cuenod An incredibly dramatic work Cheers David Cavlovic 1 22 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Elgar and the occult
    Nietzsche Could it have escaped Elgar s notice that the Manicheistic doctrine of Nietzsche had close associations with the practices followed by his collaborators on The Starlight Express Evidence of Elgar s awareness of the deeper meanings of the play also comes in the form of his links with the group of Belgian intellectuals of which Emile Verhaeren who supplied the epigraph for A Prisoner in Fairyland was an early member These links are reflected in Elgar s setting of a poem by the Belgian Émile Cammaerts in his 1914 recitation with orchestral accompaniment Carillon So there is strong evidence that Elgar must have been aware of the sub text of The Starlight Express But we will probably never know the extent of his knowledge of Algernon Blackwood s occult connections However what I do know is that when I listened to Tod Handley s classic recording again after writing this article the music took on a new character particularly the closing section with its haunting quotation from The First Noel Autosuggestion Or is The Starlight Express Elgar s occult masterpiece Vernon Handley s EMI recording of The Starlight Express can be enjoyed either as pure music or if you choose as an occult masterpiece It was released in 1976 and subsequently transferred to CD on the Classics for Pleasure label Vernon Handley died in September 2008 and in January 2010 EMI deleted a tranche of his recordings including The Starlight Express So it is currently unavailable in CD form other than as part of a 30CD Elgar box But it can be bought as a bargain MP3 download Which sadly does not help independent record stores which I am sure will not stop EMI blaming piracy for their declining sales All accompanying images are from the original LP release My fading memory and that of the recording s producer concur on the point that the original plan was for Sir Adrian Boult to conduct the recording of The Starlight Express but failing health prompted Sir Adrian to hand it over to Tod Handley who assisted him on many projects The recording was made by Sir Adrian s long standing production team of Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and soprano Valerie Masterson and baritone Derek Hammond Stroud Venue for the 1974 75 sessions was Abbey Road Studio One and the sound from my original vinyl pressings is quite superb Biographical information about Algernon Blackwood detailing his links with the occult is freely available Surprisingly very few people seem to have joined up the dots linking Blackwood s occult interests to The Starlight Express But a 2009 article by The Society for Theatre Research on Lena Blackwell does provide valuable corrobaration Other sources included Alice Elgar Enigma of a Victorian Lady by Percy M Young An Elgar Companion edited by Christopher Redwood Portrait of Elgar by Michael Kennedy and Jerrold Northrop Moore s sleeve notes for the LP release of The Starlight Express Judge A Prisoner

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Towards silence this Christmas
    Mancuso s recent John Cage release But one small negative Towards Silence comprises four with the opening silence linked movements but the disc is a single track with no index points for the movements Also on Facebook and Twitter Towards Silence was bought from Prelude Records Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Wednesday December 15 2010 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Fritjhof Schuon hinduism john tavener Rene Guenon sufism 5 comments billoo said oh that s really shocking about Schuon if it s true His feathered sun is one of my favourite books Best wishes b 1 27 pm Pliable said oh that s really shocking about Schuon if it s true Yes one of the problems with an article like this is trying to cover all the bases If I do not flag up allegations like this somebody else will usually with alacrity The difficulty is that there is almost always baggage some of it fairly heavy attached to figures such as Fritjhof Schuon I am not qualified and certainly do not have a brief to pass judgement so all I can do is say caveat emptor It is sad but true that there is an alleged skeleton in virtually every cupboard visited by these kind of posts For instance both René Guénon and Fritjhof Schuon have been accused of spiritual fascism http textosdeinteresse blogspot com 2008 05 spiritual fascism of rene guenon and html The challenge is not to ignore these allegations while also not allowing them to detract unnecessarily from the main thrust of the post It is a difficult challenge 2 12 pm billoo said dunno pli there are a lot of crazies out there on the net which is not to deny that there can t be or hasn t been an authoritarian aspect to religion and or some of its followers Nor is it to deny the crimes of so called religious people against children and women But someone who writes of khidr in terms of spiritual fascism Holy moley sorry for bringing this up and detracting from the music I ve read a lot of Schuon and would be very surprised I mean it s hard to fathom a person muslim with a love and deep respect for Buddhism Hinduism and Native American traditions being a fascist But as you say challenging and disturbing take care b 3 16 pm The Wound Dresser said So Tavener has moved well southeast I reckon Last I saw he was posing with a rather austere easter nun I think P that my ear is lacking for though you have high praise for Tavener I always find his work hollow and sentimental Perhaps I am wrong often this is the case I was unaware that Schuon was controversial His Islamic books tend to become a bit dogmatic however i never found them disturbing his criticism of

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Classical music as synchronicitous soup
    ternary or mystical dimension that is at risk when music is heard with a binary mindset or remotely via binary ie digital technology Some will view the theory that classical music loses its life force when it is pasteurised and Tetra Paked for mass consumption as quackery They will also doubtless disagree with the idea that encouraging audiences to think outside the binary box is more important than classical charts and Facebook flash mobs But others will see these ideas as support for the call to move classical music away from hypermediation towards transmission Both views are of course products of the binary mindset The Eastern mind would seek the ternary viewpoint somewhere between bad science and Eureka Alain Kremski s website with audio samples is here There was an earlier encounter with him in The great mandala Several paths are floating in a synchronicitous soup at the moment A Tibetan singing bowl made an appearance in my post about John Tavener s Towards Silence and so did René Guénon s The Crisis of the Modern World This book champions Eastern mystical culture against Western materialism Despite being written in 1927 The Crisis of the Modern World is about binary versus tertiary mindsets and is totally relevant to this post My copy published by Indica Books in Varanasi India is seen below More in Towards silence this Christmas Also on Facebook and Twitter Résonance Mouvements was bought at the Harmonia Mundi boutique in Marseille and The Crisis of the Modern World was bought online Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Wednesday January 19 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alain kremski darius milhaud G i Gurdjieff nadia boulanger olivier messiaen peter brook Rene Guenon 2 comments Pliable said Diane Bennett O Callaghan has commented via Facebook Never thought I d live to see quantum entanglement get its due and in the Arts yet http www facebook com overgrownpath posts 186630974698397 5 36 pm mrG said heh quantum entanglement isn t really needed the Hammeroff Penrose Orchestrated Objective Reduction Orch OR theory of consciousness will do given research that also shows musical ensemble work will synchronize mental states between performers if as is seen in the neighbouring instruments adjascent reeds will sympathetically sync like metronomes on a a skateboard the cognitive collapse rates phase lock the each member in the ensemble would generate a quantum Orch OR wave that adds by the wave power equations exponentially not additively hence why Lasers work to emit a cognitive resonance that will fall off by the distance squared Thus adding microphones to a performance doesn t really reach any more people than without So why then do people like recordings and

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A hero's life overshadowed
    college I am sure this story would read very differently But even in 2008 the importance of geography gender and celebrity culture mean this important new release has attracted only minimal attention But you can rectify that by buying Imogen Holst s String Chamber Music as an MP3 download or CD here ImHo this is music that really must be listened to with innocent ears Sources and suggested further reading Imogen Holst A Life in Music edited by Christopher Grogan Boydell Brewer ISBN 9781843832966 The Pandora Guide to Women Composers by Sophie Fuller Pandora ISBN 0044409362 Benjamin Britten Pictures from a Life 1913 1976 compiled by Donald Mitchell John Evans Faber ISBN 0571115705 OP Gustav Holst A Biography by Imogen Holst Faber ISBN 9780571241996 Amiscellany My Life My Music by John Amis Faber ISBN 0571139698 OP Gustav Holst links to Hindu Mysticism from International Vegetarian Union For a fresh view on Gustav Holst s most familiar work try York 2 playing the four hand piano reduction of The Planets Gustav Holst s Eastern influenced works include his one act opera Savitri and Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda the latter predated the Manhattan Project by thirty years Other Overgrown Path portraits of women in music include Elisabeth Lutyens Elizabeth Maconchy Antonia Brico Ray Lev Wanda Landowska Header photos credit Erich Auerbach footer is from CD sleeve Full listing of personalities in the header image from left to right are Marion Harewood Peter Diamand Imogen Holst Lord Harewood Anthony Gishford Mrs Stein Mrs Diamand back to camera and Britten The two men behind Britten are unidentified but are probably Basil Douglas and Erwin Stein Imogen Holst s String Chamber Music supplied by Court Lane Music in response to request from On An Overgrown Path All books purchased at retail with exception of Imogen Holst A Life in Music and Gustv Holst A Biography which were borrowed from Norfolk Library Services Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Wednesday November 19 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels aldeburgh festival benjamin britten court lane music dartington feminism gustav holst imogen holst john amis paul hindemith peter diamand rabindrath tagore 6 comments Philip said I m happy to say I rumbled the IH pretty early on in this splendid piece The link you give to Dartington Trio takes us to the group formed in 1980 and I am wondering about the membership of that for which Holst wrote her trio in 1944 The only other reference I have is to the Dartington Summer School Trio in 1956 William Glock Raymond Cohen and Joy Hall 10 12 am Pliable said Philip thanks for your kind comments John Amis book which I give as

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  • On An Overgrown Path: A vintage year for blasphemy and heresy
    Regis Prodeunt and Pange Lingua The body of the work is a setting of an unattributed English translation of the Gnostic Hymn of Jesus which according to G R S Mead portrays the ritual of initiation of a Master presumably Jesus and his disciples The similarities between this and Freemasonry help explain why Christian Gnostics have been zealously persecuted by the Catholic church We are fortunate that the Hymn of Jesus has not suffered the record industry s equivalent of persecution known as deletion and details of a recommended recording are given in a footnote It is remarkable both that so many influential creative figures have been in some way connected with Gnosticism and that the heretical belief system has survived for two millenia despite repeated persecutions by the established church It must be accepted that some of Gnosticism s resilience is due to its chameleon like character which means it is as hard to define as it is to extirpate But there must be other explanations If you take the bottle half full view the resilience can be explained by Gnosticism s syncretic and non dogmatic nature If you take the bottle half empty view as did a Catholic monk in the discussions that triggered this post the resilience can be explained by Gnosticism being a masonic melting pot of religiosity Despite that put down I suspect we have not heard the last of Gnosticism There is evidence of increasing discomfort with a contemporary culture that imposes collective knowledge on the individual via external media such as the internet TV and radio By contrast Gnosticism with its emphasis on inner knowledge offers a real alternative to a system where for many knowledge can now only be found online It is surely no coincidence that the popular culture icon most often connected with Gnosticism is the Wachowski brother s 1999 film The Matrix This pre social network movie portrays the world as a giant computer simulation designed to keep humans trapped as the slaves of the sentient machines that created the computerised universe Which brings us to the end of a path that has led from a 13th century Gnostic stronghold to the 21st century reality of computers and social media It is difficult to draw conclusions from this notably overgrown path because there is no clear destination and the real lessons lie in the journey itself But the role call of Gnostic influenced names that has appeared en route must surely tell us something So Gnosticism masonic melting pot of religiosity or antidote to contemporary technological dogma Darkness or light Quasi mystical mumbo jumo or synchronicitous soup There is an excellent Decca recording of Holst s Hymn of Jesus by Sir Adrian Boult with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus Do not be put off by the 1962 session date the pre digital sound is of demonstration quality Currently two versions of the same Decca Hymn are available One is in a 2 CD Holst compilation which

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