La Forêt des Vœux – The Forest of Oaths

The Forest is a magic grid, a place where one is fully immersed, surrendered, a place that bares codes and secrets, incomprehensible connections, such as the nervous system inside our body has.

In such a Forest, within our sympathetic and parasympathetic system, in a place residing amongst thoughts and feelings, subconscious projections, suppressed fears but also dreams and wishes, we seek to “live” with a conscious focus to the meaning of the sanctuary, where our inner self blurs its limits to the ‘other’, the ‘exterior’, where ‘language’ is not the tool of thought… There lies the ‘Forest of the Oaths’, the sacred place within everyone …

The ‘concept of the Forest’ also implies that our ‘Oaths’ are as valid and strong as if they were pre-existing, like the forest itself ‘pre-exists’ ourselves, and by this I refer to the Forest of all our memories, fears, wishes, desires, commitments, the most intimate dreams of the most obscure and secret thoughts. This space is not the intellectual creation of the “rational” man. It is the place where everyone of us ‘meets’ with ‘the sanctuary’, with the universe, part of which he is, with what lies ‘beyond’…

This is a full length work (45 min) for String Quartet and Piano. It has consumed most of my days and nights for many months now, and although I feel I have finished composing, I feel as if I am still lost in this Forest…

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