LIFE IS REAL ONLY THEN, WHEN 'I AM : after G.I. Gurdjieff' (Excerpts)
The multimedia music-theatre by GiOrgi Janiashvili
Performance: 13 September 2013 - 4pm - Blackheath Halls - London. Duration: 40 Minutes
Composition / Text / Direction / Video / Lighting: GiOrgi Janiashvili
Baritone (Voice): Nicolas Simeha
Flute: Jenni Hogan
Trombone: Jonathan Heeley
Violoncello: Austen Scully
Piano: Maria Nemtsova
Influenced by the philosophy of Armenian-born mystic George Ivanovich Gurdjief and the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, the composer invites you into the intimate experience of his thought process through a musical work; a journey that philosophically questions what is 'I' and what is reality.
Notes about the text:
The title of the piece is borrowed from the third book of G.I. Gurdjief's trilogy: All and Everything. Gurjief's discussion of the philosophy pertaining to the question of what is 'I' is included in the book In Search of Miraculous, penned by his student, Russian esotericist, P.D. Ouspensky.
The piece draws a paragraph from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus -- a cryptic text about first matter (prima materia) in Hermetic knowledge. Although the authorship of the text is attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (in English 'Thrice-Greatest Hermes') from Hellenistic Egypt, the definite author of the Emerald Tablet is unknown. The short paragraph used here is from the version by a French alchemist known as Fulcanelli, which states: 'That which is below is like that which is on high, and that which is on high is like that which is below; by these things are made the miracles of one thing. The libretto also includes philosophical proposition of Rene Decartes: 'I think, therefore I am'.
The page of the piece: giojaniashvili.com/Music-Theatre-Opera.html
© ℗ GiOrgi JANIASHVILI 2013
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