Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra | Daniel Walker: See Without Looking

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Daniel Walker: See Without Looking

by Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra

Contemporary Classical
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. See Without Looking, Pt. 1: The Tao Gave Birth to One
3:44 album only
2. See Without Looking, Pt. 2: Vast Is Heaven's Net
3:28 album only
3. See Without Looking, Pt. 3: The Spirit of the Fountain
5:04 album only
4. See Without Looking, Pt. 4: Madden the Mind
7:45 album only
5. See Without Looking, Pt. 5: Heaven Is Eternal
6:12 album only
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Album Notes
See Without Looking is inspired by the ancient philosophy of the Tao Teh Ching - the peaceful strength and simplicity of its teaching and the way it has influenced Chinese culture. Each of the five movements focuses on a different aspect of the Tao Teh Ching, from the birth of all creation to the way humanity fits within it.

Four pitches begin and end the piece, representing the Tao giving birth to One, One giving birth to Two, Two giving birth to Three and Three giving birth to the Universe. The Tao pitch ("Re") connects all things within the piece, just as the Tao connects all things in life.

The master Lao-Tzu tells us that we do not need to rush though this world, or be tempted by material things, but instead to "know without traveling, see without looking and achieve without action". This natural, effortless order of life is at the center of the Tao Teh Ching and at the core of the music

See Without Looking
Text from the Tao Teh Ching

Part 1 The Tao gave birth to One
One gave birth to Two,
Two gave birth to Three,
Three gave birth to the Universe.
(Chapter 42)

Part 2 Vast is Heaven’s net;
Sparse-meshed it is, and yet
Nothing can slip through it.
(Chapter 73)

Man follows the ways of the Earth
The Earth follows the ways of Heaven,
Heaven follows the ways of Tao,
Tao follows its own ways.
(Chapter 25)

Part 3 The Spirit of the Fountain dies not.
It is called the Mysterious Feminine.
The Doorway of the Mysterious Feminine.
It is called the Root of Heaven-and-Earth

Lingering like gossamer, it has only a hint of existence;
And yet when you draw upon it, it is inexhaustible.
(Chapter 6)

Part 4 The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavors dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Rare goods tempt men to do wrong.
(Chapter 12)

Part 5 The Universe carries the Yin and embraces the Yang.
And through the blending of ch’i,
It reaches harmony.
(Chapter 42)

The Master knows without traveling,
Sees without looking,
And achieves without action.
(Chapter 47)

Heaven is eternal and the Earth everlasting
(Chapter 7)

Contemporary American classical composer Daniel Walker’s music has been heard on the concert stage, in film and on television, including work for HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, Bavaria Film and many others.

His classical ballet, Marco Polo: The Last Mission, was premiered by the Shanghai Ballet Company as part of the opening festival of the China’s World Expo in May 2010 and continues to be performed as part of the company’s repertoire.

Walker’s staged song cycle Qing Cheng/Dark City, was premiered as part of the New York Musical Festival in July 2017 directed by prominent New York City theater director Kirsten Sanderson. The 90-minute work was inspired by the Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City and it’s people.

The Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra was established in 2008 by faculty members of the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra is an emissary of Chinese musical culture through their passion for artistic experimentation and creativity. In the past nine years they have recorded five CDs and performed in over 20 countries throughout the world. Their recordings and international performances bring audiences a fresh interpretation of traditional Chinese music as well as experimental new compositions written expressly for the ensemble. It has been hailed as “one of the most influential chamber orchestras on the stage today”.

Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra:
Liu Shun: Conductor/Musical Director
Yang Jing: Pipa
Shen Cheng: Huqin
Zhang Zunlian: Erhu
Zhao Chengwei: Sanxian
Yang Lin: Guzheng
Luo Yuan: Yanqin
Wang Hua: Dizi
Wang Yang: Sheng
Di Yang: Ruan
Jiao Shanlin: Percussion

Recorded at: United Recording - Studio B / 6050 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 / March 28, 2017
Recording Engineer: Brian Vibberts

Mixing Engineer: Brian Vibberts
Mixed at Blue Grotto Studios, Glendora, CA

Producers: Daniel Walker / Yang Jing
Executive Producer: Sabrina Zuo

See Without Looking published by Harvester Music © 2017

Album Released by: Harvester Media, Santa Monica, CA © 2017



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