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The ArtistShare Profile series features exclusive interviews with ArtistShare artists focusing on inspirations, current projects, and the creative process.

fabian almazan : part 2

Continued from Part 1

What was the inspiration or story behind your current ArtistShare project and tell us a little about the creative process.

Fabian: Certain aspects of these compositions are very personal and I'd rather keep them to myself. I've always found composing to be very therapeutic... I work out those confusing contradictions abundant in the course of our existence as human beings on this earth through what I write and hope that it helps people in the way that it helps me, even though they might not have any idea of what the inspiration behind my writing the music might have been. But I'm happy to share those things that inspired me to compose the music that I feel comfortable discussing. The main message of the whole project is to unite people from all races and walks of life and provide them with inspiration to strive towards happiness, whatever that might mean for any given individual... The piece "Rhizome" was initially inspired by this quote I read in one of Carl Jung's books:

“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away—an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.”

This, in turn made me want to go deeper into the idea of a rhizome, and botanically speaking, a rhizome is a continuously growing, horizontal subterranean plant stem. It is thickened by deposits of reserve food material and capable of producing shoots that go to the upper surface and root systems that go down to the soil below. This capability enables the plant to survive an annual harsh or unfavorable season underground to re-appear a healthy, new version of itself when the conditions are right. Rhizomes make it possible for enormous communities of life to sprout from the same “root.” Pando, for example, also known as The Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single aspen tree that, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is the single, oldest, most massive living organism on Earth.

The result of gathering all this information, and having had some fascinating conversations with people throughout the world during my tours about the different struggles they have undergone throughout their lives and how, similarly to a rhizome, they found ways of re-emerging as older, wiser evolutions of themselves, made me embrace the idea that we are all experiencing extremely similar situations throughout this planet. And it occurred to me that we are all "shoots" from the same rhizome. The song "Espejos" (Spanish for "Mirrors") similarly talks of how we are all reflections of each other and how it's such a tragedy that we continue to fight wars with each other and perform irrational acts of violence such as what happened in Newton, Connecticut. Although other pieces/songs in the project deal with different things, this is the one I hold in highest esteem.

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