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30
Apr
18

A Kindred Spirit: David J. Knight

Well it’s not every day you bump into someone you think you’ve known all your life.  That happened to me back on November 18th, 2017.  I was visiting a very interesting conference at UCLA called, “Sound and the Sacred” – a conference that was part of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  I often pop in when the conferences spark my interest, and this particular one certainly did, as it was dealing with music within sacred spaces, churches, cathedrals, etc., and I’m a sucker for choral music.  I noticed that one of the speakers had a Southampton University connection – my original hometown.  David Knight was to give a lecture on “Sensory Reflections Of San Vitale; From Sixth-Century Ostrogothic Ravenna, to Dante and Beyond”.  Now don’t ask me what all that means because I have no f—–g idea, but I did sense that I was going to learn something fascinating from my Southampton-connection man – and I did.  I was determined to meet this lad, so, wearing my ‘Saints’ Southampton football-team training jacket, I introduced myself before he spoke.  To say that we hit it off is a huge understatement; we clicked like long lost brothers.  David hails from Canada, but spent a great deal of time in my home town as an Archeologist at the City University; my memories and David’s memories of Southampton and the surrounding rural area, The New Forest, got us chatting away like family members remembering our shared linked past.  And David just happens to be the archetypal Renaissance man; his myriad of great talents touch upon music making, photography, graphic design, book authorship, historian and most everything that falls under the wide definition of Art!

Without making this too long-winded (I could write a book about this gentleman), we decided to stay in touch after the conference and, needless to say, we became great friends. The more I looked into David’s work, the more I was enchanted by it; I had stumbled upon a great creator.  When I saw some of David’s drawings, I was knocked back by his great sensitivity and finesse and feeling, which prompted me to eventually ask David if he’d draw a portrait of me (it had always been on my ‘wish list’).  He graciously agreed.  That’s what you see here:

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David’s intimate rendition of ‘yours truly’ – done with pencil (a variety of different grades) and a light water wash with brush!  It now hangs in my little library room.  David then became my official ‘Painter of the Senses’ – a term I don’t use lightly.  He has been regularly providing me with mesmerizing images for my many future albums-in-the-works.  He is a profound creative experimenter and much of what he is providing me with artistically, relates to my music psychologically and emotionally.

I wanted to introduce the prolific Mr. Knight to you all today, and share with you his insightful personal portrait of me – something I’m very proud of.  You will be seeing a lot more of his visions and images in my future album releases, in particular, in my imminent new release, “The Amber of Memory”.

Please check out the links below to David’s kaleidoscope of work and interests, and please feel free to reach out to him … he welcomes inspiration.  And P.S.:  he’s about to release his own solo album of music (I’m fortunate to have been privy to hearing it come together).  The music, like the man, is universal, inspiring and beautifully challenging, and I’m still baffled – what CAN’T this guy do?  But most of all, and what counts is that he’s a generous, caring soul with a massive big heart.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…. David J. Knight – Painter of the Senses.

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Cheers everybody.

– Martin

David J. Knight Links:

David’s artist page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidJohnathanKnight/

Artist/Author/Archaeologist website: http://davidjknight.weebly.com

Academic writings: http://soton.academia.edu/DavidKnight

Experimental publications: Fenylalanine Publishing https://fenylalanine.wordpress.com

Book publications (Vocamus Editions): https://vocamus.net/press/genres/editions-novels/cromaboo-mail-carrier

and (The History Press): “King Lucius of Britain”: https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/king-lucius-of-britain/9780752445724/

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05
Feb
15

MR. BEAR CELEBRATES HIS 17TH BIRTHDAY!

Mr. Bear, the last remaining furry member of the Page family, as it were, has just reached his 17th birthday – a landmark achievement. I witnessed his birth – he was the last one of the litter to come out– the biggest and slowest one, and even at his senior age, he remains the sweetest innocent – incredibly devoted and unconditionally loving. With his proud dad and a little company, he celebrated his day with great aplomb!

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Mr. Bear – IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY!

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All tuckered out.

All tuckered out.

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18
Dec
14

Christmas wishes and footie pics

Hello there everybody – thought I’d share with you some candid pics (and 2 amateur video excerpts) from the Remembrance soccer game in which I recently played.  It was a special day.  Just before the match, all of the players stood in a circle and I was asked (as were a few of the other players) and honored to read an excerpt from a poem written by England’s Poet Laureate about the First World War armistice, followed by us all observing a minute of silence in memory of the fallen.  My grandfather, Arthur Richard Page, had fought in the trenches during WWI and eventually lost both of his legs from gangrene due to “trench foot” – commonly contracted then from standing for long hours in water-soaked trenches.  So, the game held special meaning for me remembering my grandfather, who, incidentally, shared the same birthday as me.  It was a 4-4 draw, which was a perfect result – a contest keenly fought with great (albeit competitive) bonhomie.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year.  Thank you for your solid support and friendship.  I hope to have a new album out in 2015 (fingers crossed!) – that’s my goal!!  So, once again, let me wish you all a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season.

Cheers, Martin.

 

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Reading the poem and observing a moment of silence before the game.

 

Page with opposing team's Goalie after game - photo-bombed by Jim Piddock, British comedic actor

Page with opposing team’s Goalie after game – photo-bombed by Jim Piddock, British comedic actor

 

 

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With Barry Venison, former English International, at end of game

 

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21
Apr
14

4.21.14 – Music in Nature

I often get a chance to retreat to local quiet gardens – open spaces untouched by human hand or technology.  I use these times to slow down, take stock – meditate.  And I’m always struck, when the sounds of the city eventually vanish, that I think I can hear a sort of music in these natural surroundings.  The wind in the trees, the bird song, the insects buzzing around, a pool of water rippling from a steady stream entering it, bushes rustling from squirrel activity – it’s all rather a symphony of natural improvisation to me.  If you close your eyes – focus solely with your ears – you can almost work out notes and scales being performed – hear the key of the countryside.  The low hum of a low note that grounds the always changing symphony of subtle close chords – a deep murmuring hush … then a fly buzzes by your right ear – a nut is being broken apart by a squirrel just behind your left ear.  It’s a surround-sound Avant-garde, ambient, experimental, improvisational piece that you’re listening to….  always changing, always interesting music of the spheres – spiritual.

Sitting in this nature, with eyes closed, allowing yourself to believe you are listening to a live concert, it really can become so.  We just have to set our brains to that frequency (the “radio of nature”).

I’ve held a long fascination with experimental ambient soundscapes and minimalistic, abstract music.  I’ve followed the work of artists such as Terry Riley, early Tangerine Dream, Eno, Cluster, Robert Fripp, Stockhausen, Sigur Ros, John Cage, David Sylvan, Steve Reich, Popol Vuh (band), and although electricity/synths/technology are involved, in many ways, I think this style of music gets close to the existential feelings we have in nature – and reflects the randomness, the vibrations, the profoundness of the natural world – the unknowable.  Even minimalist artists such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich somehow for me tap into an elemental truth of raw nature – its circular, ever-repeating, yet still random events.  For me, it’s those particular artists’ way of musically representing something elemental and deeply intense – humans’ response and reaction to nature & it’s terrible beauty – again, completely unknowable.  It’s Zen like, and of course, mathematical, as is nature; there’s a profound logic involved – a spiritual science.

If you get a chance, the next time you’re out in nature – away from the hubbub of the city, close your eyes; let your ears do the seeing.  It’s a real concert.

Cheers,

Martin

“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting

    without being aware that it’s counting”

– Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz – (Inventor of Calculus)

 

“The ear is the way”

                          – The Upanishads

 

“Can you hear the rushing of the river?  That is the way”

                  – Zen Buddhist saying

 

14
Jul
12

7/4/12 – Track Reveal

Track listing of Martin’s upcoming album, “A Temper of Peace” REVEALED!
1. Halo
2. The Washing of the Heart
3. Think of Me (When You Dance)
4. Soulprint
5. Ruby Rae
6. I’ll Grow Old With You
7. When the Harvest is In
8. Hungry Ghost
9. Titch
10. What Did I Do to Deserve You
11. Healing Waters
12. I Can’t Get There Without You
13. You Can Let Go
30
May
12

5/30/2012 – Album Announcement

01
Dec
10

12/1/2010 – Holiday Greetings from Martin

I’d like to thank everyone for your wonderful support over the last year and to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.  See you all in 2011.  Cheers.

– Martin