Ten Songs of Change (SACD)

Marion von Tilzer & Maya Fridman

TTK 0059 SACD

 19,95

This album came to life through a collaboration initiated by cellist/ vocalist Maya Fridman, who invited Lulu Wang and myself to explore the I Ching (The Book of Changes) through poetry and music. For me it was a great opportunity not only to work with these two very gifted women but also to take a deeper look into this epic work of Chinese literature, perhaps the oldest book on the planet although it felt a bit intimidating at first.

About the album

This album came to life through a collaboration initiated by cellist/ vocalist Maya Fridman, who invited Lulu Wang and myself to explore the I Ching (The Book of Changes) through poetry and music. For me it was a great opportunity not only to work with these two very gifted women but also to take a deeper look into this epic work of Chinese literature, perhaps the oldest book on the planet although it felt a bit intimidating at first.

While re-reading the I Ching, which many Chinese refer to as ‘the wisdom of wisdoms’, I realized that, like many mystical writings, this book speaks to us beyond the limitations of our intellectual mind. Just like poetry, it’s not so much about the words, but more the feeling the words evoke connecting us to our own innate wisdom, the wisdom of nature, of which we are a part. In the same way, music is an art form with the power to connect us to this deeper form of being.

With this in mind, music and poetry seem to be the perfect way to explore the eight trigrams, which form the basis of the I Ching. Richard Wilhelm, who translated the I Ching describes the trigrams as follows: “The eight trigrams were conceived as images of all that happens in heaven and on earth. They are symbols standing for changing transitional states; just as transition from one phenomenon to another is continually taking place in the physical world.“

As each trigram represents a specific time of day, the order of the trigrams on this album forms an entire cycle of night and day: we begin at dusk with a love song sung by a lady from the Mosuo tribe to which Maya responds and we end at nighttime with a Lullaby sung by Maya to the words of poet Li Shangyin. These two songs frame the eight instrumental pieces exploring the trigrams. My inspiration for the music came from the emotional aspects attributed to the trigrams. While all pieces reflect the state of continual transition which takes place in the phenomenal world, the seventh piece ‘Earth’ is about stillness, about immutability. For me it is the heart of this musical cycle. The music of Earth is an attempt to convey the timeless space that is never born and never dies, the formless energy that nature, we and all life are part of; the infinite unknown from which everything emerges.

Lulu Wang selected poetry from the Tang and Song Dynasty which are considered the golden age of Chinese arts and culture. Each of the poems reflects the feeling of the trigrams and the related musical piece. By weaving the poetry into the music, the album becomes a tapestry of experiences and moods reflecting upon the eight trigrams.

The music is dedicated to Maya Fridman, an alchemist who, through her deep musical understanding can turn any music into gold. Her sound on the cello speaks from soul to soul. Working with Maya and Lulu on this project has been a dreamlike experience for which I am ever grateful.

Tracklist

  1. Prologue Marion von Tilzer 3:00
  2. Water - Kan Marion von Tilzer 5:55
  3. Mountain - K'en Marion von Tilzer 5:00
  4. Thunder - Chen Marion von Tilzer 5:56
  5. Wind - Sun Marion von Tilzer 2:17
  6. Fire - Li Marion von Tilzer 6:25
  7. Earth - K'un Marion von Tilzer 5:22
  8. Lake - Dui Marion von Tilzer 2:03
  9. Heaven - Chien Marion von Tilzer 4:57
  10. Epilogue Marion von Tilzer 4:55

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Artist(s)

Marion von Tilzer
Maya Fridman

Composer(s)

Marion von Tilzer

Genre(s)

Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)
Jazz – Instrumental

Label

TRPTK

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording location

Hertz Zaal
TivoliVredenburg
Utrecht (NL)

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Editor

Hans Erblich

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

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