Christian Meaas Svendsen – New Rituals

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Christian Meaas Svendsen – New Rituals

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CATALOGUE NR: NKM016

BARCODE: 7090040250285

RELEASE DATE: 24th May 2019

FORMAT: CD, LP, digital download, streaming

RECORDED:  Rainbow Studio, three sessions during 2017 and 2018

MIXED/MASTERED: Peer Espen Ursfjord

PRODUCED: Christian Meaas Svendsen

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PRESS TEXT

New Rituals is exploring the relation between form and freedom, between modern Western culture and traditional Eastern culture, and between written and open musical material. The piece is written in three parts for (1) ensemble and a chant-choir, (2) ensemble, and (3) solo bass.

The three parts are all rooted in and based on the same source material: 10 ancient Zen Buddhist sutras, or chants. The music is presenting Buddhist philosophy in a nutshell: What we experience as an independent self is in reality inseparable from everything else and is always changing. Furthermore the music is questioning the necessity of form as a means to experience freedom. This might hold true for music as well as other aspects of our lives.

 
 

TRACK LIST
1. Lotus Sutra
2. Heart Sutra
3. Dharani for Preventing Disasters
4. Shakyamuni Eko
5. Dharani for the Great Compassionate One
6. Patriarch Eko
7. Dharani for the Hungry Ghosts
8. Hungry Ghost Eko
9. The Final Instructions of Master Kōzen Daitō
10. The Four Great Vows

(The track titles are the same for each of the three parts)

PERSONNEL
Agnes Hvizdalek - voice
Adrian Løseth Waade - violin
Ayumi Tanaka - piano
Andreas Wildhagen - drums
Christian Meaas Svendsen - bass and compositions

Rinzai zen-senter Oslo - chanting

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