"Music is the purest form of expression, a universal language which reaches the emotions directly. Then again, unlike language, music is neither arbitrary nor a creation of human beings. Music preceded the human world, and could continue to exist without humans."
Solaristic Precepts is inspired by the philosophical approaches to music and life by the formidable musician, composer and thinker Sun Ra. Solaristic Precepts takes its title from the widely circulated leaflet of the same name; an abstract elucidation of the connection between language, life and death, collectiveness and the recognition of history being cyclical and constant; “The sequence of life is the thorough consideration of the patterns of the past because coming events cast their shadow before.”
Constantly striving to understand and accept both his music and existence's role in the universe was central to Sun Ra’s transformative journey as an artist and his equations [philosophies]. Solaristic Precepts is my sonic impression of, “sounds peculiar relation to being” and attempts to take the listener on an introspective journey when considering the connection between the universe, self and music.
This piece is written in three parts or "equations":
I / True Wisdom
II / The Sequence of Life
III / Time to Live
Solaristic Precepts was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta. This film was recorded at the Southbank Centre at the London Third Stream concert on 17 November 2021, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Cassie Kinoshi Solaristic Precepts (2021)
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Commissions created as part of the London Sinfonietta’s Writing the Future programme which is generously supported by The Boltini Trust, Jerwood Arts, Michael & Patricia McLaren-Turner and the PRS for Music Foundation.
Project supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts
Additional support from the Southbank Centre
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Published: 15 Feb 2022