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Darshanas

Darshan – from Sanskrit, meaning "to see or glimpse a vision or apparition" – is normally defined as an auspicious sight of a holy person or guru, which bestows merit on the one who beholds such an individual. The word can mean both "seeing" and "being seen".

The poet Gary Snyder likens it to "...a gift: the moment in which the thing is ready to let you see it – a source of a certain kind of inspiration for creativity. You get a view of the Himalayas from the foothills, and an Indian person would say, 'Ah, the Himalayas are giving you their darshana'; they're letting you have their view. This comfortable, really deep way of getting a sense of something takes time. It doesn't show itself to you right away. It isn't even necessary to know the names of things the way a botanist would. It's more important to be aware of the 'suchness' of the thing; it's a reality."

The three movements of Darshanas open out the implications of such an experience.

Recorded in the Old Library, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 11 September, 2017.

Strange Ghost - Highlights

Highlights of Strange Ghost, a two-act opera written to mark the centenary of Rupert Brooke's death in April 1915.

First performances took place at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, in December 2015.

Composer - David Earl; librettist - Juliet Jenkin.

Full details at www.RupertBrookeOpera.com

Strange Ghost - Act Two Scene Two

Goitsemang Lehobye as Taatamata and James Schouten as Rupert Brooke in Act Two Scene Two of Strange Ghost, a two-act opera written to mark the centenary of Rupert Brooke's death in April 1915.

First performances took place at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, in December 2015.

Composer - David Earl; librettist - Juliet Jenkin.

Full details at www.RupertBrookeOpera.com

Piano Quintet

David Earl performs his Piano Quintet with the Odeion Quartet (Denise Sutton & Sharon de Kock, Violins; Jeanne-Louise Moolman, Viola; Anmarri van der Westhuizen, Cello). Recorded at Hiddingh Hall, Cape Town, 22nd August 2010.

You can also watch the four movements as separate videos on Youtube.

Wind and Wings

Wind and Wings - performed by Cambridge Contemporary Dance and Cecily Beer (harp), David Curington (oboe), Chloe Grover (flute), Christopher O'Beirne (clarinet).

Music - David Earl; Choreography - Vanessa Fenton. Created for "Experience Dante" at Robinson College 26th April 2009.

Filmed by Claude Schneider at the performance on 23rd June 2009.

Piano Concerto No. 2

David plays his Piano Concerto No.2 with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Kern.

Recorded at Cape Town City Hall on 18th November 2007.