Sounds of mind - artbook

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"Sounds of Mind" is an artistic project created by Magdalena Hirsz- a polish pianist with asian roots, now living in Switzerland. According to what she writes in the preface of the album, the idea for the project emerged after meeting a poet and her spiritual guide - David Walters. At that time, she was also inspired by the buddhist art of Tibet at the museum located in an old chapel in the Alpine town of Gruy?res in Switzerland. She decided to use her music as a starting point for "syncretic experience of contemplation". According to the pianist, it can be a great way for beginners to strengthen their focusing abilities by making their practice more interactive.

The art book ?Sounds of Mind? combines music, poetry and photography. Among the works chosen and performed by Magdalena Hirsz there are the pieces of the greatest composers in Western Europe: Debussy, Chopin, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Schubert and Brahms. "Music is the most direct and the most perfect path to profound spiritual transformation?, says the artist. Through sound we are able to connect with our innate sense of awareness.

Poetry of David Walters takes the form of koans, paradoxical questions and stories of insoluble problems which in Zen Buddhism are one of the practices recommended by master to his disciple. These particular exercises for mind go beyond the attachment and beat logical ways of thinking. Photographs included in the book by David Sypniewski constitute a specific documentation of the Buddhist art at the Tibet museum in Gruy?res. The artist captures forms of Buddhas and dakinis paying attention to the subtle and symbolic details as the most important Tibetan attributes are presented in mandalas, reliefs and tankas.

The project was realized by Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Switzerland


Tibet Museum Fondation Alain Bordier

Shigeru Kawai

Asie et Musée du Pacifique

Conception du livre Hans Lijklema

Impression: Tact Sp. Varsovie

Editeur Hanami