In Silence - Darian Stavans.
Darian Stavans - Piano.
"Upon knowledge, pursuing the search in silence will bring about evidence, genuine and personal… Always upon knowledge..." Darian Stavans.
With In Silence / En Silencio, Darian Stavans returns to piano composition after several detours along various musical forms, genres and instrumental combinations. Back on the piano, he erects a minimalist work, in the musical vein of Erick Satie, the effect of which is to give listeners controlled passion, guarded enigmas, silent strolls; the discovery that the secret to being genuine can be found in the most profound intimacy.
In Silence is an auditory musical experience. It captivates its listeners from the very beginning and for more than 45 minutes leads them along a cornerless, transparent and lucid, almost elementary road. Darian Stavans speaks to us about human silence, the interior moments experienced by every one of us, since it is only through minimalist silence that we can attain our truth. In this silence, our truth is revealed to us and in this silence our truth remains: inside ourselves because only we are to know such a truth in its broadest expression.
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.