Sumi-e Shadows, a new 5 track EP of piano music will be released on Blue Spiral Records later this year. I’m very excited to be a part of the Blue Spiral Records label. They have some amazing artists and all the music is top shelf.
The Japanese term “sumi” means “black ink”, “e” means “painting”.
The Philosophy of Sumi-e is contrast and harmony, expressing simple beauty and elegance. Sumi-e attempts to capture the Chi or “life spirit” of the subject, painting in the language of the spirit. As in Zen practice, reality is expressed by reducing it to its pure, bare form. Sumi-e features simplicity and spontaneity that directly strike the viewers’ sensibility.
The music on this EP is an attempt to capture this concept through simple compositions for piano.
The track titles reflect The Four Gentleman, the first four subjects for students to master. They use the four basic brush stokes used in sumi-e. Each subject represents one of the four seasons.
Plum Blossom Winter
Collection of Trifles 2 and 3 have been selected to be programmed by the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their March, 2020 concert. This is going to be great to hear these two pieces performed live. COT 2 is for piano and string orchestra and COT 3 is for string orchestra.
Working on a series of short abstract ambient films, Collection of Trifles. These will be released separately on my YouTube channel. Two films are already up on my YT channel check them out: Art Davis – Composer.
Starting to work on a series of monologues to be filmed separately and released on my YouTube channel. In addition plans are to perform them live at the FronteraFest Short Fringe Festival 2021. Performed by Rick Watson.