JANUARY 2019

Dear Friends -

70% of the earth is covered with water. Between 55 - 65% of our bodies consist of water, more when we are children. We are deeply connected to water. Without it, there would be no organic life. Without it, there would be no civilization as we define and experience it; you would not be reading this. 

When we reflect on that fact with a still mind - the kind of stillness invoked by the composer Joep Franssens in much of his work which is placed in the genre of New Spirituality- we have to accept that the age-long fight for dominance by us humans over Nature cannot be won. Nature does not care; the oceans do not care. Even in the most polluted areas of the seas, their ebb and flow continues, and the waters affect our daily lives.

How can we find a balance between our needs, and that ancient, timeless power?
"I hope my music is an invitation to listen to the larger, deeper, older forces of the world. And to be more fully present. And maybe a bit humbled in the presence of those forces." So says John Luther Adams, the activist who turned his passion to music.

The Sacre du Printemps is not about the Ocean; it is about the deep, ancient ties humans have with the other giver of life, Earth. It is about birth, how the old has to die to give life to the new. 100 years ago, archaeologist Nikolai Roerich played an integral part in the creation of Stravinsky's pagan ritual music. Roerich was a visionary who promoted the unity of religions, and the notion that the creative people of the world bear the responsibility to save the world. The ritualized death of a virgin in the Sacre prepares the ground, so to speak, for renewal.

Music can reveal the fundamental unity that lies behind the diversity of our reality. Each composer calls on us to be aware of the moment we inhabit on the long arc of the planet's history. Each of them invites us to be present, to reflect and to act. "It is a way to engage more deeply with this miraculous world that is the only home we will ever know" (John Luther Adams).

Next month culminates PIANO SLAM 11 - My Music. My Ocean. Miami - with a full ensemble performance at the Arsht Center. If you want to find out how you can become involved in the next stages of this wonderful project, please scroll down. 

I look forward to see you on Sunday afternoon for The Ocean's Soul. 

Warmly,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation Board

 
 

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