Contemplative - Mediative Moments of Darian Stavans' Music.
Darian Stavans - Piano. Jaime Narvaez - Guitar.
Rossana Frank - Harp.
St. Angelis Symphony Orchestra - Darian Stavans - Conductor
Cover Artwork by Lorena Zozaya (Installation) / www.lorenazozaya.com
"In order to understand reality one must measure it, then progress will be immediate..."
Contemplative / Contemplaciones is about the meditative and contemplative moments in Darian Stavans’ music. This album is also an instrumental sampler containing works for solo instruments like the piano, harp or guitar in addition to orchestral works. It is a good opportunity to become acquainted with the meditative art of Darian Stavans and to relax as you listen.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Evocative is a word that has been used to describe, or better said, react to the music of Darian Stavans. Evocative? One would imagine that such a music would bring to the mind and heart shared memories, but one does not necessarily share memories with an artist; one shares feelings, reflections, dreams. These are the things one finds in the music of Darian Stavans— a passage of sorts to that special place we all have deep in our souls.
The apparent simplicity of works such as Interiors, Passion, and Poetic is powerfully touching and intensely beautiful. Captivating melodies hold our attention as their notes drop ever deeper into the soul of the listener, retrieving echoes of the human experience we all share. Our lives may be different, but our feelings are not. Stavans’ music glides us soothingly into currents of profoundly romantic reverie, pools of sunlit serenity, and occasionally into the depths of fleeting melancholy.
Stavans, the composer, imbues his music with texture: a guitar lends its sometimes earthy, sometimes airy quality to Els Segons Temps; whereas a lighter, more translucent harp is used to render Lullabies. In making his music come alive, Stavans has also become a producer (he produced all the works featured here) and a conductor. He conducted and recorded the St. Angelis Symphony Orchestra for his works Noir et Blanc and Prayer.
Nonetheless, Darian Stavans is first and foremost a gifted composer and pianist. His music speaks his soul and in so doing, speaks to our own. Perhaps listening to his works we might become acquainted with the artist, but it would be more accurate to say, we become reacquainted with ourselves.