If you would like to join me, or participate, these are a few projects that I have already worked on alone and/or in group, and I include others I am interested in.
DEVELOPING NEW APPROACHES AND METHODS OF TEACHING, LEARNING AND PLAYING MUSIC AND PIANO.
With many years of teaching experience, I am researching an approach to music education that will serve as a solid foundation to learning any style and genre of music. Through this wholistic method, one would develop the necessary musical skills that make any musical style accessible to the student, or even enable them create and develop a new style altogether. Apart from this, the approach I take to teaching the piano aims at giving the fundamentals of the techniques developed in the past, but open to new and effective ways of playing the instrument. Why be stuck, when there is a world of possibilities still ready to be discovered?
Participating with Ladislav Brozman for the past 10 years, this research aims at developing an approach to music making and interpretation so that direction and intention of each musical note becomes the expression of an impersonal movement. This method can be applied to any musical style and genre, and has also applications to other performing arts such as dance and theatre, including the arts. A yearly international seminar is held in Auroville, where other related topics are also presented.
THE POWERS AND EFFECTS OF SOUND.
For more than 20 years, I have been reading and researching on the power of music. This culminated in the creation of a musical compositions that incorporated some of these elements. My approach has always been with a bit of scepticism and a very inquisitive mind, questioning all that has often been taken for granted or considered true, and analysing it from a fresh perspective. Working together and sharing our knowledge would make this a very interesting project. Some questions I ask are: In what way does music really affect us? Are animals and plants too affected by it? What, if it does, is the cause for this, and how does it work? What is subjective and objective to what we perceive in music?
LANGUAGE AND MUSIC.
What is their relation? Are language grammar rules following musical rules? What is the relation (if any) between the environment and the evolving of languages and music? In the last few years I have looked into how these two fields are connected, and how it seems that the rules we apply in language have a lot to do with a musical approach to the way language sounds, each language with its own unique musical pallet and behaving according to general rules and unique aesthetics.
Music is also used in many other disciplines, and has many applications, either in social of physical sciences, acoustics, social sciences, linguistics or other ones.
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MUSIC AND SOUND.
This would include the participation of musicians, artists, and scientists, in the planning, and the creation of a place with the aim of developing an environment of learning, sharing and research in different fields relating to music, and music making. A space where all the above projects would unite, and connect with other disciplines, each developing towards a deeper understanding of us, our traditions and the world, connecting with different musical styles and traditions, appreciating their uniqueness and finding a common ground, and going beyond. Developing a new style, a new musical expression, new musical instruments, electronic and acoustic. Observing the way the body and muscles participate in playing an instrument, using the body in a more wholistic and efficient way. Understanding the relation of music and sound to other arts and sciences: working with movement, dance, texts, poetry, songs, theatre, and movies. Creation of Operas and musical plays, and better pedagogical approaches to develop the listening and musical skills in a more efficient and comprehensive way.