“The nagual is the part of us which we do not deal with at all ... At the time of birth, and for a while after, we are all nagual. We sense, then that in order to function we need a counterpart to what we have. The tonal is missing and that gives us, from the very beginning, a feeling of incompleteness. Then the tonal starts to develop and it becomes utterly important to our functioning, so important that it opaques the shine of the nagual, it overwhelms it. From the moment we become all tonal we do nothing else but to increment that old feeling of incompleteness which accompanies us from the moment of our birth and whichs tells us constantly that there is another part to give us completeness”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

A Love Story

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“For the first time the house is in silence. Towards me there is a small tree,
which gives me as present all its small orange gladness. It has also extended one branch for me. It could be a love story with the orange tree.

I found out that this love story with the orange tree was just the reflection of the love story with the work we made. It was the love story with the Orchard Lab, with the Art. That is the reason to create a space in which we could bring our time and leave a piece of our soul, and words, movement, earth, past-memory-recollection, night, light, presence, music, oranges, wind, absence, I and We, and tumble exhausted. Open the space, fall down together into the night, drink a wine made of oranges, and walk on the earth that keeps us together and in distance.”

Ana Sanchez Couso

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Halleluja II

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Damien rice also did a cover of Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s. Hallelujah. It’s delivered with simplicity and honesty – which I admire greatly about Damien Rice:

Two other things I admire greatly in Damien Rice. One is the amazing range and space he can create with an acoustic guitar. The other is Lisa Hannigan. Both are powerfully displayed in this clip – so many amazing meetings and transformations in 10 minutes:

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Antony

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When I saw and heard this for the first time I cried. Whenever I see or hear it – I get goose bumps. Beautiful performer, beautiful performance, beautiful song. This is taken from a documentary movie about Leonard Cohen.

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Wish: Live Music Photography

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I love live music photography. I did some in the past and long to do more again. I have great respect for performers – and pride myself on being a very attentive and subtle presence in the performance arena. I also believe that the time I have spent working within the performance space of improvisers has sensitized me even more to the performance arena. I want to play. Read More »

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Alternate Expression

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My relationship with the second (recent) Orchard Labs project was and remains a mystery. One of the ideas that came up when I talked about this with Shahar was a change in my ‘formal role’. I thought of trying out a documentary role – it seemed to give me a sense of retreat. I was feeling anxious about creating at the time (though we were on a break). Actually I think I was scared of repeating myself. The documentary/journalistic role seemed to give me a wider view of the project and allowed me to step back.

Of course this agreement, though a comforting entry point, didn’t hold out for long. When you gotta go you gotta go – and of course there were moments where I completely digressed from my ‘documentary role’ back into a creative position – deep within the work. Though I had some insights and experiences around the ideas of these roles and my relationship to the work, but this is not the current topic.

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This time I encountered a new creative experience. I found myself wanting to express myself bu without any attraction to the camera. The camera did not seem to be a relevant form of expression for me in these moments. I did find myself drawn to paper. I started playing around with drawing during the Tune project in Barcelona. I really had an urge to do this. It was then that I first became familiar with textures and qualities of drawing. During the Orchard Labs I found comfort in drawing numerous times.

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