ØBSIDIANA vol.2 belongs to a trilogy of discs that starts from the artistic reflection on the influence of 3 colors: red, black, and white. This ternary system has played a symbolic role since Classical Antiquity.
In literature, the predominance of red, black, and white is profoundly evident. In tales and fables, it serves to distinguish characters and social functions: the red associated with warriors, the black associated with work, and the white associated with the priestly function.
Black was contested for a long time as a color. With Newton, the chromatic revolution took place and black lost its status as color, returning to its place in the 19th century. XX with Modernism. Throughout history its path has been irregular: it has been associated with death and mourning; from a poor tone, it became a luxurious, sophisticated color
and elegant with the improvement of the pigments; suggesting dignity, power and mystery. In Egypt, black was the symbol of fertility. It is synonymous with cave and abyss, with the bowels of the earth; it is linked to darkness and primordial chaos; the obscurity of origins precedes creation in all religions. Color of condemnation, it also becomes the color of renunciation of vanity. It rebels against the red of excesses, sin and
luxury of the chromoclast Protestant reformers.
The fear of the night and the search for light has been present since our prehistory.
Poetically, in the “dark night of the soul” the luminous pitch of self-understanding is revealed.
The symbolism of øbsidian is linked to the igneous rock – the stone of fire.
Obsidian forms when lava, the material from which it originates, cools rapidly without allowing most of its compounds to crystallize. Used as a mirror or ornamental object, the ability to form cutting blades of high hardness made it used as a cutting tool, in ritual circumcisions due to its sharpness and maneuverability, as well as in arrowheads.
Perceiving color — colors — and its symbolism has been one of the fundamental questions throughout this reflection, transformed into restlessness. In this sound essay, color and music are intimately linked in what is, inevitably, my symbolic-artistic universe.
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photo: Filipe Ferreira
ØCRE vol.1 (Ochre) belongs to a trilogy of albums that results from an artistic reflection on the influence of three colours in art: red, black and white. This ternary system of colours represents since Classical Antiquity a symbolic role that is present practically in all cultures.
When perceiving colours and their symbolism – represented from painting to cinema, from literature to theatre – we are also able to realize our own humanity. ‘From where we come and to where we go’ is one of our fundamental questions, one of our major concerns; therefore in this trilogy of albums, colour and music become closely linked to my artistic-symbolic universe.
We are attracted by the colour, shape, texture, and harmony of a certain piece of art, which means that we were first captivated by the work itself, and only then we consider its essence and value.
As a musician, my aim is to awaken that kind of interest in the listener through the sounds I hear and use in my compositions, whether in the organization of a precompositional chaos or in the subversion of a ‘supposed’ expected order. Above all, composing or being in front of the piano implies knowing how to listen to the past, being attentive to the first manifestation of existing art, going back historically, in order to remain the link to that first feat that raised us from the animal condition and placed us in the condition of gods.
Through art we discover how to represent our myths, making them visible and palpable.
Today, I hope that part of the myths that have shaped us can be experienced by those who listen to this album — ØCRE — the pigment which has been present since the birth of art, in the first pictorial and sculptural representations — gains here a sound dimension.
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photo: António Marinho da Silva