Almost everyone can remember being moved – feeling joy, inspiration, or even healing – by music. Maybe from a symphony, or someone playing guitar and singing in the street. The ability to move or inspire a listener doesn’t come from technical skill, or a particular setting; it’s what’s inside the artist and the music, what comes through when they play (or move, or draw, or sing).
Essence music is about what’s unseen; the energy, feelings and qualities that can be expressed through the theater of a musician as they play. It might be an intentional frequency and rhythm to transmit a specific quality, or a process of discovering and expressing what’s moving through nature.
Artists often describe the feeling of connecting to something much bigger than themselves, a universal source of energy and inspiration.
In this conversation, Aviv Shahar and musicians Ed Dowrick and Paul Stone try to unravel the mysteries of essence music through their own experience and inspiration.
It started a whole process of thinking about the individual sound that each life makes, inside of something else that's causing the sound, that's causing the enactment. And immediately I wanted to try to express it in something symphonic - and include the birds and the animals - because somehow, in the sound, is a signal that's incoming. Perhaps it's the signal of spring coming after a long winter, and, with that sound, is there something else in it?