Man has no permanent and unchangeable I. Every thought, every mood, every desire, every sensation, says "I".
When I discovered by chance, through Keith Jarrett's recordings, the music of G.I Gurdjieff and T.D Hartmann I felt I was a teenager again, discovering the idol of his life.
At the time I didn't think that I could be enthralled anymore by any music, or at least not that much, as I had already explored a lot and knew what I like and what I didn't. I had made a journey that I had taken me to various places, from the world of the progressive rock of the 70's to the planet Jazz and its Coltrane and other Thelonious Monk, from the quiet and insightful sacred music of the pre-renaissance to the masters of the classical era, from the French and Russian avant-garde of the early 20th century to the American minimalists, I thought I knew it all. In fact, it appears that I had missed the unmissable, not having heard of the wonders and magic of Gurdjieff's musical universe.
I heard the firsts few notes of "Reading from Sacred Books" and I knew straight away that I was to experience something rare so I got myself a copy of the music sheets before going any further and read through to get more familiar with the body of work of the Master. Later I also got some recordings to complete the short selection that Keith Jarrett had made and listened to them with great attention. Some were amazing, diffusing depth of emotions and profound grace, while other were quite mediocre, cold, mechanical and without a soul.
Making my own selection proved quite challenging. I didn't know where to start or if I should even start. I doubted. I feared I was not up to the challenge. And yet, a powerful urge to share and spread Gurdjieff's love pushed me, almost blindly, to go ahead and try my best to express what I felt. I went through the music sheet times after times to finally select 13 pieces which I believed were representative, despite being more than partial, to the wholeness of his work.
I now have finished the first step of my own work, 13 pieces selected, studied, played and recorded. I chose some Songs and Dances, some pieces dedicated to women, some Prayers and Hymns, Orthodox, Christian and Muslim and I also picked some oriental melodies to represent the essence of what is in fact quite a monumental body of work.
The next step will be to orchestrate them. I know it will take a long and dedicated time, but I must take it to make the best work I can to bring a full orchestra to convey the magic of the written note to the hearts of the listeners.
1. Song of the Fisherwomen
2. Persian Song
4. Assyrian Women Mourners
5. Pity for One's Self
6. Song of Ancient Rome
7. As if the Stormy Years had Passed
8. Orthodox Hymn for a Midnight Service
9. Prayer and Despair
10. Women's Prayer
11. Prayer and Procession
12. Sayyid Chant and Dance
13. Hymn for Easter Thursday