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Welcome to
The School of Creative Arts

 

Everything we do at The School of Creative Arts draws equally on concrete understandings and structural elements, as on the formless and abstract aspects which are the home of the realm of our experiences of our subjective self.
We practice getting better at creative improvisation and playing our instruments, and we practice meditation. We practice the aspects of technique and we practice the lyric flow of the music itself. We explore textures of sound or colour, density, and rhythm or touch, and we explore the realm of feeling, devising stories, following intuitive hunches, using imagination and guesswork, having a go and seeing what happens.
These two together provide a powerful vehicle for conveying whatever the ideals and inspirational tones and content of our healing art are.
Because all our work is aligned to the maxim of “how can I make this a healing experience?”, we are able to include not only obvious beauty but also more challenging and seemingly disruptive elements, and still produce an outcome of invigoration, upliftment, clarity and more of a sense of having put some broken pieces back together on the inside in the process - in our hearts - in much the same which which reading Shakespeare does. Not only great beauty has place, but also disparate and disharmonious elements as they come into contact with the noblest ideals, and through the re-shaping which occurs, a stronger alloy of character and humanity is produced in the listener.

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"A certain number of musicians were gathered at a feast given by a great sovereign who took care to place them according to their degree of mastery of their respective arts, when a man of wretched appearance, clad in rags, entered. The master of ceremonies raised him up above all the participants, whose faces expressed their evident disapproval. Wishing to display the man's merit and calm his guest's anger, the master asked him to let them hear a sample of his art. He took out some pieces of wood which he had with him, set them out before him and stretched strings over them. Then he set these strings vibrating and performed an air that made all those present burst into laughter because of the pleasure, the joy and the well-being that took possession of their souls. Then he changed his tuning and played another air which made everyone weep for the tenderness of the melody and the sadness which settled in their hearts. Then he changed the tuning, and played another air which plunged everyone into slumber; so doing he rose, went out and was never heard spoken of again.”

- The Brethren of Purity of Basra
from the book “Music, Mysticism and Magic” by Joscelyn Godwin

 

 

 

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