a little off the ground
Premier: Composers+Summer Academy, Raudondvaris, 2017 08 26
Maria Mogas Gensana - accordion
Simas Tankevičius - violin
Rakelė Chijenaitė - violin
Kristina Anusevičiūtė - viola
Ignė Pikalavičiūtė - violoncello
accordion and string quartet
This piece is about the process of continued understanding and increased knowledge; where through constant observation an object or image evolves. But once you have gained an awareness that transcends traditional awareness, you find yourself understanding the image or object anew; but until that point you are a little off the ground.
This piece is based on the following quote:
In the course of a lecture last winter on Zen Buddhism, Dr. Suzuki said: “Before studying Zen, men are men and mountains are mountains. While studying Zen things become confused: one doesn’t know exactly what is what and which is which. After studying Zen, men are men and mountains are mountains.” After the lecture the question was asked: “Dr. Suzuki, what is the difference between men are men and mountains are mountains before studying Zen and men are men and mountains are mountains after studying Zen?” Suzuki answered, “Just the same, only somewhat as though you had your feet a little off the ground.
John Cage ‘A Year from Monday’