Suchness (Kyorei) 2001
Mary Lu Brandwein
on the shakuhachi
(Japanese bamboo flute)
Listen to "Gekko Reibo" (mp3 1.2 MB
Length: 4 minutes 53 seconds
Taste Peace now by listening deeply to "Suchness" (mp3 11MB)
Length: 12:27 minutes
"Suchness," an interpretation of "Kyorei" oldest of the Three Ancient Pieces....Beingness, simple presence, peace.
Listen in quiet stillness. Stillness of body and stillness of mind. The first one note phrase
again and again invites us to return and return again.
Shakuhachi is the instrument of timbre par excellence.
A broad range of timbre, a varied palette of sound colors, pitched
and unpitched gives voice to the inner landscape.
This piece explores the already present inner peace by slowly
melting away the obstacles the mind creates. This piece .. .simple;
tranquil; interior; centered; older than creation.....dropping us into quiet,
inner stillness, silence. This piece is very slow and by the time it is possible
to listen with little thinking and with the whole body as ear.... a truly different
musical and self experience emerges.
Read the companion essay,
The Bamboo Way (Chikudo)
Copyright © 2008 - Mary Lu Brandwein