Soli

The arts have the capacity to transport us into communion with our own spirits absolutely unreachable by other means. Perhaps that is why the astonishing talent of Paganini was whispered by some of his contemporaries to be devilish. As a sculptor I often feel the clay singing in its own mysterious song as my fingers work to express the inexpressible. The powerful leading edge of inspiration that expresses my deepest emotions is to be felt in the sometimes furious dialogue between melody and dissonance, representation and abstraction, body and spirit.

Music operates on us like the powerful gravity of a heavy star, bending even light. No matter how stiff and straight our reasonable minds intend to see reality, the truth is never perfectly linear. Within the powerful tug of the music even the straight neck of the violin bends, our stiff spines sway, our hearts lose the beat. We are hearing the truth.

Drawn by Vedran
The Sarajevo cellist

 A group of civilians were standing in a breadline in Sarajevo during the war, hoping for their share of a dwindling food supply.  Suddenly a mortar shell fell from the sky, killing a crowd of innocents.

The next day a lone man appeared in the crater left by the blast,  armed only with a cello.  Risking his life amidst sniper fire, he sat down and did the only thing he could in the face of senseless violence, he played music.  He played for twenty-two consecutive days, one for each of his friends and neighbors who had been killed. 

This hero, Vedran Smailovic, the principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera Orchestra, has inspired hundreds of people around the world to creative acts of peace in their own corners of the world.  He demonstrates by this simple act of courage that art is stronger than violence.  In a few hundred years the details of the war will have been long forgotten, but Vedran’s act of art will live on.

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