The Trace of Time

March 12th, 2007

Sun Xin

作者Gulistan古丽斯坦 作品名称《跨越》Crossing  年代:2006 材质 布面油画Oil on Canvas  尺寸:107x140cm

The first time I entered Gulistan’s studio, I was deeply moved by the paintings of all sizes on the wall. The paintings are simple, elegant, but full of vigor. Outside the window grows green vines, through which the sunlight slants into the room. The tranquility makes me feel that I am leaving the trivial world. One can feel an exquisite tinge from each painting, which is so bewitching that old memories are called on and I feel it hard for me to get out from under it. Gulistan, confident and mature, is standing steadfast. She is the queen of her art realm.

Neither tied to traditional oil painting skills, nor confined to popular themes, Gulistan seems to draw out of her own will without pursuing visual language symbols. A variety of images are created in her paintings, such as the sediment of ancient history, the piano with which melodic music is still played, the little bird winging over the trees, the stars and the moon shining in the sky, the scenery lapsing outside the window, the spacious room of a building and the vase and flower and wooden chair in a dark corner, and even a page thumbed occasionally. She decorates and refines them with her sentiment. With her sharp feelings, she draws her reflections on life into her works. These images are both concrete and intangible, presenting the moments of her life and leaving the trace of her great thought as well. While painting, she creates images to her satisfaction through insistent modification. They are the embodiment of her mind, pouring out her hopes and longings.

Gulistan’s insight into life can be found in her paintings. With herself being an element of the painting, her will crosses time, embodied by the subtle change in lines and colors. The change finally makes a space for an image. In the boundless space, she recalls her memory, piece by piece, attentively polishing them. These memories are silently whispering while she listens with all ears, echoing the sound in her soul. Thus she makes time a trace of memory, treasuring it up in her paintings. As fragile as it is, the trace is unyielding, sensitive and rich in meaning. Isn’t it fine and real?

She talks with the images in her memory, with the countless transient waves of rising and sediment, and with the mottled lines in her paintings. She is absorbed in them, led into a surreal world and walking into the painting, meanwhile into her own inner world, where time and space are interwoven—blank and vague, immense and delicate. They are not only the moment eternally occupying the space of a canvas but a nook for the changing universe. With them, Gulistan’s sentiment is sublimed. They are like pictures occasionally snapped, integral in meaning, for they make recordings of the vicissitudes of one’s life as well as emotional waves. In the two-dimensional world, matter and soul melt into one. The painting itself tells the process of the drawing, which is endless in return. The audience feel themselves following the ups and downs moving with the old days coming back to life.

Gulistan’s light-palette paintings are not large-sized, different from those with overwhelming visual effect. Her paintings, as if alive, are quietly lying in the studio and awaiting me to find them. However, the floating images would withdraw into the depth of the painting when I make an attempt to reach them. They waken some moments in my memory. Lasting and overlapping, these images present a full picture of life right at the present moment. I am listening to each painting, which is pouring out vivid stories and waiting for my response.

2006 in Beijing

—Translated by Guo Jian

时光的印迹

March 12th, 2007

孙欣

第一次走进古丽的画室,我被深深的触动了。画室四壁挂满了各种尺寸的画幅,素雅而又充满生机。日光透过窗外的青藤洒落室内,我象是从喧闹的世界走入了另一个时空。每幅画都散发出一种气息,幽雅而细腻,让我情不自禁沉迷其中,某种潜藏于记忆深处的情愫,慢慢的流溢而出,久久难以出离。而她小小的身影伫立其中,自信而饱满,是自己艺术王国的女王。

没有传统油画技法的束缚,没有流行题材的局限,亦没有视觉语言符号化的追求。她似乎是在一个无拘无束,完全自由的境界往来穿梭。这里,远古的历史的沉积…乐音依然悠扬的钢琴…树梢间飞掠而过的小鸟…晴朗夜空中闪烁的星月…车窗外一闪即逝的风景…建筑物庞大的空间…室内幽暗一角的瓶花和木椅…某年某月某一天翻开的书页,经她细腻而敏感的情感的梳理,承载着她对生命的体验和感悟,在记忆的尘埃中时隐时现。它们是具体的,可又飘忽不定。——它们呈现了她生活的某个瞬间,记录了她思想的某个闪烁。它们在被不断的塑造与消解的绘制过程中,逐渐接近着她的内心,诉说着她的希冀与渴望。它们是她心象的呈现。

古丽通过她的绘画完成着她对生命的体悟。她把自己融入画面,任由意念在流逝的时光中潆洄,沉积为肌理与色彩的微妙变化,这变化最终蕴集为一个意象的时空。在这无限的时空里她捡拾着记忆的碎片,悉心拂去岁月的尘埃,倾听那无言的诉说,在心灵的最深处与之回应。于是她把时光制成记忆的印签珍藏在画面里,纤弱却不乏顽强,敏感而蕴涵丰富,真实而美好。

她与记忆中的形象对话,与画面空间中无数个稍纵即逝的起伏与沉积对话,与画幅表层斑驳的肌理对话。她沉迷其中,被它们引领着,超然世外,向着画面深处走去,同时也走进自己的内心世界。那里时空交错,空蒙蕴集,宏大而微妙。它们既是画面上凝固的一瞬间,又是无限变化的鸿蒙太空中的一隅,同时亦是古丽情感的升华与结晶。它们象是不经意间拍下的快照,可又是完整的——蕴涵着前生今世无数的动荡与波澜,述说着情感之流每一个洄转与微漾。心与物交融于无限丰富的平面世界。画面既呈现着绘制的过程,又永远处在过程之中。它们亦引领着观者于这循环往复的过程之中辗转沉浮,感受那流逝的时光。

不同于具有强烈视觉冲击效果的画面构成风格,古丽的绘画尺幅不大,色彩淡雅,它们被赋予了生命一般,静静的停留在画室里,似乎在等待我去发现。而当我试图抓住那飘忽不定的形象时,它们又不断变幻着向画面深处退去。它们唤醒了我记忆中的某些瞬间,延续或交叠着,把生生不息的生命的历程在这一刻全部呈现出来。我倾听每一幅画的诉说,它在等待我的应答。

2006 年北京

作者Gulistan古丽斯坦 作品名称《记忆的性质》Essence of Memony  系列   年代:2003  材质:布面油画Oil on Canvas   尺寸:60x70cm

A Journey of Memory

March 12th, 2007

Yang Tiansun

Graceful and gentle, a girl of water with a faint smile, such is the impression that people have of Gulistan’s appearance. However, one can find tenacity and persistence in her eyes. Contradicting beauties harmoniously exist in her while opposing talents are appeased with her elegance. She is full of passion towards life and art, which is revealed in the artist’s elegance of bearing. Such passion even overshadows her figure. The vagueness with profound depth in her paintings can also be found in Gulistan. She possesses a mysterious air. All are transparent when draws close to her and removes the gauze over her soul. Still the enigma is always there. Gulistan is a noble fairy, dancing and walking through her memory and time.

It is stunning how Gulistan imagines space time, makes aftertastes of her dreams and pursues freedom for her mind. Paintings, music, dance and words are the purest expression for her thought. She devotes all her passion in her career. Every observation, quest, struggle and pursuit are all made with fierce emotion. Gulistan’s waving emotion is like a drop of holy moonlight, snow white and motionless, running through the darkness, pouring down and finally reaching the soul silently. Gulistan reveals her deep feeling through painting. As simple as the lines, a profound artistic conception is sketched. As light as the elegant colors, lost thought gains strength. Behind the emotionless expression hides the longing to embrace all that she loves and yearns for. We are unconsciously gripped, attracted and infected by her ravishing paintings. The carefully guarded inner world starts to open until all the old memories are recalled. Familiar figures, past episodes, feelings, all rush out without suppression. With appearances, voices and whispers recalled and strength, essence and soul awakened, we are intoxicated in the boundless temporal space. When the light spirit is ushered to the crossing point of recalling and longing, one feels warm and moved. Such is the passion, pleasure and wisdom that Gulistan brings to us. A magic is pervasive in the misty air, softly floating.

Appreciating Gulistan’s paintings and words is like a meaningful journey in which we move back to the past, re-experiencing the vicissitudes of life, traversing the earthly reality—a spiritual journey to clear away the dirt and lead us to light.

2006 in Shanghai

—Translated by Guo Jian

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记忆的路途

March 12th, 2007

杨天孙

温婉的气质、恬淡的笑容,像江南的水一般柔美的女子,眼神却透着无比的坚定与执著。这就是古丽·斯坦。所有相背的美感,都在她的身上得以融合;所有相对的锋芒,都在她的娴雅中得以平息。用这样的话来形容她,真是一点都不为过。一张张清丽的黑白影象中,古丽的神情与姿态是那样的高雅而出尘,从她的气息中,仿佛能望见所有对生命与艺术的挚爱。这股炽热的性情几乎让人淡忘了她的轮廓。一如她的画,朦胧中透着深意,空灵中闪着悠远。这些相悖而又水乳交融的一切,令古丽透着一股神秘。接近她,撩起心灵入口处的薄纱,而后发觉,一切清澈无比,却始终都是一个谜。她是一个高贵的精灵,旋舞于记忆之门,穿行于时光之河。

让人震撼的是古丽对时空的想象、对梦的抚摸以及对心灵自由的追寻。绘画、音乐、舞蹈和文字,都是她内心思索的最纯粹表达。先掏空自己,再纵身投入。所有的观察、探索、思考、挣扎、追随,都是猛烈的、澎湃的。而古丽的灵动心绪,却是那道穿过暗涌的神圣月光,皎洁而安宁,张扬地投射下来,再以静谧的姿态流淌进灵魂。古丽的画作就始终流露着这样一种深邃的情绪。看似闲淡的几笔,勾勒出的是深远的意境;看似素雅的色彩,渲染的是思索时的迷茫幻想;看似平静的表达,背后潜藏的是对所爱所想的拥抱姿态。如此引人入胜的所感所思,让我们的视线情不自禁地被抓取、被吸引、被感染、被锁住。内心刻意紧关的阀门就这样松了又松,直到记忆全然铺展在我们面前。一些身影、一些片段、一些感觉被肆无忌惮而又赤裸裸地拉到了我们的眼前。面容、嗓音、耳语,糊了又糊;力量、本质、灵魂,醒了又醒,我们陶醉于漫无边际的时空之中。当精神之光被引领到记忆与憧憬交叉的路口,感动就在心中温暖地摇晃起来。这是古丽带给我们的激情、愉悦和智慧,更多的温雅和神秘弥散在雾一样的空气里,轻柔地飘浮。

欣赏古丽的画和文字,是一段富有寓意的路途,是时光流转的路途,是记忆闪回的路途,是生命起伏的路途,是穿越人间世俗的路途,也是一条静默而深邃的精神路途。这路途,在庞杂繁芜的世界中,清除尘垢,最终趋向光。

2006年上海

Painting by Heart

March 12th, 2007

My Impression of Gulistan

He Yan

A hand, a violin, an open book, a dim head portrait, an archaic gown—traces of memories, put against light-yellow dappled grounding, gradually become objects for her meditation.

Symbols and episodes flash in Gulistan’s mind. What, therefore, does she want to express with them? The fact is that all arts are to deliver the artists’ emotion. As for painting, it is probably the way for the artist to grip and prolong the moment when she is inspired and passionate.

An oil painter and poet, Gulistan desires to vividly show her inner world to the public through her various arts.

Gulistan is passionate about music. She has fallen in love with many masters of classical music, such as Haydn and Bach. The unruliness in Jazz is also fascinating to her. All these accord with her nature. Her paintings are tinged with classical elegance and modesty. However, she achieves this with inspirations at will. Lightness and simplicity are sensed in all of Gulistan’s paintings—in The Essence of Memory this is especially the case, in which a dreamy air and exotic feelings permeate.

Born in Xinjiang, a beautiful place at the foot of Tianshan Mountain where dance and music flourish, Gulistan was imbued with a forthright and uninhibited nature. The innate intelligence and beauty within her makes one feel that she is like a well-nourished flower favored by the Creator.

The talents of such an artist are inborn. Gulistan herself is the masterpiece of nature. Sensitive to inner and outer beauty, she is commissioned to express and release such beauty.

In reading her poems, one can feel Gulistan’s cherished dreams, a free soul and persistent pursuit of beauty; while appreciating her paintings, one feels calm. All are so peaceful that the soundless music in the artist’s heart can be heard.

The pursuit of art is endless. The noblest character of artists is but their sincerity to art. Gulistan believes that good art requires a long time, wisdom and passion. I believe that she will devote her whole life to search for the beauty of art and soul. Since style is temporal, the artist will be happy forever with creation.

2006 in Shanghai

—Translated by Guo Jian

用心灵画画-我读古丽·斯坦

March 12th, 2007

何艳

一只手,一把琴,一本掀开的书,一个隐约的头像,一件古代的宽袍……记忆中的印象,落在斑驳的淡黄底色上,再逐渐下沉下沉,直至进入冥想的境界。

借助这些头脑中瞬间闪过的符号与片断,她究竟要表达些什么呢?所有艺术都是情感的外化,绘画就是为了抓住和延长那瞬时的灵感与激情吧!

古丽创作绘画作品,同时还写诗,渴望用不同的艺术形式来更丰满、更立体、更充分地表达自己内心的东西。

她酷爱音乐。既钟情于海顿、巴赫等古典音乐大师,同时又迷恋爵士乐的自由不羁。这些都符合她的天性。在她的画里,既有优雅、质朴的古典韵味,又富含即兴创作的灵感和随意。整体看来,古丽的绘画作品,尤其是”记忆的性质”一组,给人感觉是异常的轻盈、清淡,洋溢着朦胧的梦幻气息以及隐隐约约的异国情怀。

出生在天山脚下美丽的新疆,古丽生的血液里就流淌着少数民族自由奔放的因子。在那片孕育舞蹈音乐和壮美自然的土地上,古丽好比一朵备受造物主恩宠的鲜花,她女性天生的灵气与美感得以完好保存和尽情生长。

艺术家是天生的。古丽本身即是大自然艺术化的杰作。她自己敏感于这种外在与内在的美,因此天生的使命就是努力表达和释放这些美。

读古丽的诗,感受得到她内心的梦幻,灵魂的自由,及对美执著的追求;看她的画,心变得很静很静,静得仿佛能听见画家作画时流淌在她心底的音乐。

追求艺术永无止境,艺术家最可贵的品质就是内心的真诚。古丽说,好的艺术需要时间的沉淀,需要情智的积累。我相信,她将穷一生探索艺术与灵魂的美。风格并不重要,任何风格都是暂时的,能创作才永远快乐。

2006年上海

Faerie Artist Gulistan

March 12th, 2007

Yanxue

A fairy roaming in colors, an enchantress able to cast her spell with a painting brush, an artist loyal to her own soul, she is Gulistan. The moment you open her album of paintings, you will be infected by the art, immediately feeling unable to resist the force which is sending you to a magic land.

Unlike so many money-driven artists, Gulistan paints with the most primitive passion, which floats throughout all her works. One can feel a deep spring of life from her paintings, in which no taint of the superficialness of the age is to be found.

I always feel that it is far from enough to just stay at the surface of Gulistan’s paintings. These paintings are endowed with a drop of light, which leads you to the road to the wonderland of soul. But to reach the serene land, you must feel with your soul. Serenity is a feature of her paintings; so is animation. It seems that in her two series Haydn’s Piano and Guli’s Chair and About Time lives a powerful and unconstrained imp, who will take you past the boundary of time and space. With her, you gallop in space time, soaring in the realm of brilliant art, meanwhile feeling the air of freedom on the canvases.

Appreciating her paintings is like attending a rare banquet of life. Indulging in the purity, the elegance, the poetic land and dreamy air, you are in a surging mood, as is the artist. With her works, you can get a chance to talk with anyone and get to know the world from a new perspective.

The one that impressed me most deeply is her painting The Essence of Nature. After regarding the painting, I asked myself: What on earth is the essence of nature? Is it the sculpted time, or those sad or happy symbols in a solitary corner, or the fragmented coming and going of life? Right at this moment, looking at her paintings, I am picking up pieces of interweaving memories. The vestige of life is thus printed. Countless rivers of memories stream past the paintings. It is so moving that I feel myself embraced by an unspoken beauty, filled with marvelous hopes.

Finally, I want to say that such is Gulistan, an elegant but delicate, plain but brilliant artist.

2005 in Beijing

—Translated by Guo Jian

精灵画家古丽·斯坦

March 12th, 2007

严雪

她,一个游走于色彩中的精灵,一个会用画笔施咒的魔女,一个忠于自己灵魂的画家。翻开她的画册你会当即感到一种奇妙的力量排山倒海地袭来,这种无可匹敌的艺术感染力会将你领入一个神奇的世界。

在现今这个浮华的时代,她的作品却没有过多地沾染浮躁之气,不像有些在名利的夹缝中忘记了自己创作初衷的画家,她的作品处处流露着她对绘画的那份最原始的热情,从她的画中你甚至可以感受到一种生命的律动。

我时常觉得她的画光用眼睛看是远远不够的,她的画中仿佛总有一道光,指引着你去找寻那条通往心灵深处的道路,也唯有真正用心灵去品味方能到达这一专属于心灵的仙境,一片心灵的宁静之地。她的画中有静的一面,亦有动的一面。在她的《海顿的钢琴与古丽的椅子》和《有关时间的作品》系列作品中,仿佛住着一个天马行空的顽童,她将带着你穿越时空的界限,在时间的灰烬中驰骋,带你飞上艺术瑰丽的云端,去呼吸沉淀在画布上的自由的气息。

总觉得坠入她画中世界的这段时间,就像是赴了一场弥足珍贵的生命盛宴。她的画空灵而纯净,笔触飘逸而柔和,既富有诗意又有些谜幻,徜徉其中,使你的心不自觉的就会跟着她的画笔一起澎湃。她的画更像是一种媒介,在画中你可以和任何人对话,你可以从一个全新的视角重新认识这个世界。

她的《记忆的性质》,应该算是给我留下最深印象的一个系列作品了。看过后,我也不禁问自己,到底记忆的性质是什么呢?是被雕刻的时间,还是驻足在角落里的那些或悲伤或快乐的符号,亦或是生命中那些残破而斑驳的过往。此刻,看着她的画,散落的记忆在这一刻凝聚,一个个记忆中的画面也在我的脑海中相互碰撞着,交织着,留下的是一道道生命的痕迹。无数条记忆的河流流过这些画,感动也在这一刻蔓延开来,感觉好像被一种无法言语的美丽包裹着,心中充满童话般美妙的希望。

最后,我要说的是,她就是古丽·斯坦,一个如她的画一样素雅中不失精致、平淡里突显卓越的女画家。

2005年北京

The Encounter of Classical Music and Jazz

March 12th, 2007

Gulistan on Music

Besides painting, music is another important part of my life. I indulge myself in many types of music, with Jazz and classical music being my favorites. The latter is the “core” of my inner world. Bach has always been in my favor. Later on, Jacques Loussier played an indispensable role in my career.

Jacques Loussier is a French Jazz pianist. Born in 1934, he received formal education in classical music. In contemporary times, he was the first who played the works of Bach and Debussy in a Jazz style, which makes the “encounter” of classical music and Jazz music possible. Jacques Loussier’s trio playing Bach live from St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig is my favorite. To Jacques Loussier, who is free in playing classical music and Jazz, there is no difference between the two types of music. It is a coincidence that Jacques Loussier played Bach’s music in a Jazz style in St. Thomas’s Church, where Bach had been the chief inspector of music hundreds of years earlier. It can be viewed as the encounter between Bach, the father of music, and Jacques Loussier, the modern Jazz master. It is said that Jacques Loussier sets free Bach’s notes. As for me, I live with Jacques Loussier’s fast-rhythmic notes. With the notes I sleep, I feel, I compose music. All these bring me to ecstasy. It seems that I was dancing with the eidolons in the universe, sunlight dazzling, music so pure. Such a feeling gives me inspiration for my painting.

Playing Jazz on impulse makes the music perfect. Jazz music is influenced by various types of music, such as classical music, march music, Gospel songs, labor songs, Ragtime, Blues and pop music. Bach’s music has been the source for many Jazz players in each period of Jazz’s development, among whom Jacques Loussier made the best use of it. I hope that Jacques Loussier will take me higher and higher. Being guided by the soul of the pure music, I find a serene nook in the crowded world, where I see more beauty and light. I am absorbed by his fast-rhythmic and powerful notes.

I was told once that listening to Jazz is like feeling an old sofa to recall the old days. I think it is not nostalgia but the judging of one’s whole life. “Long is history, there is no gap between you and it. You can even feel it with your heart, remove the shadow over it. The music played in the old days is reheard…”

Jazz plays a very important role in America. It is an art created collectively. Art is targeted to present something unseen. It enables us to know ourselves in an easy way, for with it, artists express their own emotion, make themselves heard. In addition, art requires more besides individual feelings. It is in constant change, twirling and moving in time and space, seeking light and the meaning behind “plot”. Some “true meaning” and “the world of life” are searched for. Different people have different feelings while listening to Jazz. To me, what I feel most in it is “freedom”. I love freedom and the air over fresh earth.

Listening to Jazz enables us to know individual experiences, from which we see ourselves. When you learn stories about Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington and Billy Holiday, you will believe that Jazz music is a form of celebrating life, human life, and the process of life. It is about sadness and happiness, white and black, man and woman, Old Africa and Old Europe. With freedom as its theme, Jazz is a way to release human feelings. It is a process of creation itself. Creation is a pleasure. With its nature and its mysterious soul, we are solaced. Though man is fettered by time and space, the soul can take off, striving for “time over time”.

Ralph Arison holds that we cannot truly understand Jazz unless we pay attention to the things that run through our life.

At the beginning of the Twenties, Chicago was the center of Jazz music. Louis Armstrong revised the style of Jazz after he joined the Large Jazz Ensemble. Bandsmen gained opportunity to perform individually to show their talents. From the Thirties to Forties, Jazz was in its mature period, which boasted a number of great Jazz musicians, such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Count Basie.

In the Thirties, swing bands functioned mainly as public dance bands. Jazz was dancing music for most of its history. Swing Jazz might be the most popular type of Jazz music. Accompanying it were a few outstanding bands, such as those led by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson.

Louis Armstrong, born on August 4th, 1901 in New Orleans, is an important figure in the history of Jazz music. He is the most preeminent trumpet player, being the first important solo player. He is regarded as God’s gift for the world. Energetic as ever, he made it clear that in the future, Jazz would be improvised music played with rich imagination and passion. “He is Bach and Dante in American music. He combined all in the past to show the road for the development of Jazz,” said Gary Giddins, a famous Jazz critic. His “shouting” in improvised performance was followed, even by Ella Fitzgerald. Another figure worth mentioning is Duke Ellington, the most important composer and conductor in the history of Jazz music. A prolific musician, Ellington also composed for film and musical opera.

Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, the queens of Jazz, are my beloveds. “Their voices possess a magic power, able to make my soul fly… The voices form a series of notes, hovering around me. The feelings are unspeakable with paintings and words. You have to feel their voices, searching for the melody of your soul together with them.” The melody of their songs helps me feel the “breathing of my soul”. One can feel the heartbeat in their voices.

I am traveling in the world of painting and music. Tranquil is classical music while free is Jazz. I wish my liberated soul can be freer and freer. Inspiration is aroused by the warmth that I feel while listening to music.

Music is a form of life. All artists strive to pursue the state that is achieved in music. Compared with painting, music is much more intangible. The ardor in me about dancing permeates through my life. Painting is vestige through precipitation. Music, making me thrilled, can only be discussed in music terms. It is only with music that a soul can reach heaven in a second on some special occasion. My inspiration comes from Jazz, such as Bach’s music, my spiritual guide, and Ravel’s piano solos which polish my inspiration. Such feelings help me find the true reason to paint and thus finish the painting smoothly. In the process, fluid feelings are embodied by visible paintings while transient time turns into eternity. Driving by feelings in life, I immerse myself in painting.

—Gulistan
(Translated by Guo Jian)

古丽·斯坦谈音乐-当古典遇到爵士

March 12th, 2007

音乐是除了绘画在我生命中很重要的一部分,我喜欢的音乐类型有很多,一直以来,音乐滋养着我的心,其中爵士乐和古典音乐是我的最爱,古典音乐是我内心的“元音”,因为我忠爱Bach,后来我找到了Jacques Loussier,

Jacques Loussier 是法国爵士钢琴家1934年出生于法国,接受过正统的古典音乐洗礼,他是当代以爵士乐来弹奏 Bach作品的创始人,他以爵士风格弹奏Bach,德彪西等人的名曲,是当代一位专注于古典爵士的钢琴家, 他使得古典音乐的灵魂在爵士乐的脉搏中获得生命力的音乐家, 我最喜欢他在2004年“爵士Bach2004年莱比锡托马斯大教堂现场三重奏,Jacques Loussier Trio Play Bach Live from St. Thomas’s Church, Leipzig. Jacques Loussier 能在古典和爵士之间自由驰骋,对他来说音乐的界限已不复存在。Bach曾经作过莱比锡托马斯大教堂的音乐总监,几百年后的今天在同一个地点有 Jacques Loussier 用另外一种风格去演奏他的音乐。可以说音乐之父Bach遇到了现代爵士Jacques Loussier, 有人说他解放了Bach的音符,我在他急促跳跃的音符中入睡,感觉,构思,喜悦。好像天地间大气的精灵与我共舞飞翔,阳光变的那么的眩目,音乐是那么的纯粹,我的绘画找到了被照亮的线索。

爵士乐是非常强调即兴演奏的音乐,爵士乐受到古典音乐,进行曲,福音歌曲,劳动号子,Ragtime, 布鲁斯及流行音乐的影响,在爵士乐的发展史上,可以发现各时期都有爵士演奏家以Bach音乐为素材来发挥,而Jacques Loussier 达到了顶峰, 一个自由的灵魂所释放出来的气息,与心灵共舞之后的“自由状态”在感动,感性后沉淀下出现的“自由状态”我希望我心灵的自由随着Jacques Loussier 能走的更远, 音乐圣洁的灵魂指引着我的心,让我在喧哗的世界中找到了“安静。”看到了更多的“美丽” 更多的“明亮”把我带进他的音乐,他那急促有力的音符熔化着我的内心。

有人曾经说过:“听爵士乐的感觉就像在抚摸一张老沙发。”我认为 这种心境不是简单的怀旧感,而是对生命历程的审视, 历史悠久,但你和它之间没有距离,你可以用你的内心触摸它,让它变的更加清晰,失去记忆的音乐会向你的心灵内移…

爵士乐在美国占有很重要的地位,爵士乐就是一群人一起来创造了一种艺术。艺术并不是呈现可见的东西,而是把不可见的东西呈现出来,它可以通过一种轻松的方式让我们来了解我们自己,它表达的就是个人的情感,给音乐家自由和力量让他们发出自己的声音,但是要求更多的个人以外的东西积累,它总是处于改变之中,他旋转着,移动着,在时间和空间中运动着,寻找着被照亮的的线索,寻找“情节”背后的蕴涵,在寻找和我们自己的生命息息相关的某种“真谛”“生命的世界”, 每个人听爵士的感受是不同的,我本人感受更多的是“自由”,我爱自由和新鲜土地上的空气。

在爵士乐中你会观察到“经历”你会从这些事情中看到自己,当你去了解到Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Billy Holiday 的生命故事,你就知道爵士乐庆祝着生命,人类的生命,生命的过程,悲伤和快乐之间,白人和黑人之间,男人和女人之间,老非洲人和老欧洲人之间,爵士乐是关于自由的,他是一种释放的方法,是创作过程的体现。 创作是一种愉悦,它喷发出来支撑着我们的心灵深处,展示着它的面容,它的内在本质,和它神秘的灵魂。人类逃不出时间和空间的限制,但是心灵可以放飞,去寻找“时间之外的时间”。

“有谁又真正懂得爵士呢?,除非我们去花心思在很多事情上我们才会明白,这些事情贯穿着我们的人生。”拉尔夫.阿里尚曾经说。

二十年代初芝加哥是爵士乐的中心,当Louis Armstrong加入了Fletcher Henderson 大爵士乐队时改变了爵士乐的表现方法,并开启了乐手独奏的大门,每一个乐手都在找自我表现的可能。三四十年代,爵士乐处于它的成熟期,涌现出一大批优秀的爵士乐中的重要人物: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie 等等。

三十年代摇摆乐队的重要的功能就是为大众提供跳舞的音乐,爵士乐历史上大多数时候都可以用来伴舞的,在爵士乐中,摇摆乐Swing可能是最欢迎的一种风格,同时这个时期产生了几支非常出色的大乐队,Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson 领导的大乐队都是当时最为出色的一些摇摆乐队。

在爵士乐史上 Louis Armstrong是重要的人物,1901年8月4号 生于新奥尔良,是爵士史上最杰出的小号手,是第一个重要的独奏家,有人说他是上帝赐予我们的礼物,他带着情感和信息以及爵士乐,带着他那释放不尽的能量来到这个世界,是为爵士乐指出一个具有高度想象力和饱满热情的即兴演奏的未来的人物。著名评论家Gary Giddins说:“他是美国音乐界的 巴赫, 他是美国音乐界的 但丁, 他是美国音乐界的莎士比亚,他是集合着,他将以前发生的所有事结合起来,然后展示了未来的走向”。他还开创出在即兴演奏中“喊叫”唱法,这在以后成了包括Ella Fitzgerald效仿的对象。另外一个不的不提的人是Duke Ellington,是爵士乐史上最重要的作曲者及指挥,他的一生创作了大量的作品,他也为电影舞台音乐剧作曲。

Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday 和Sarah Vaughan是我忠爱的爵士歌手,被称为爵士乐坛三大天后,她们的声音像具有神奇魔力的磁铁,能让我的心灵放飞…并列在一起形成“音符系列。”环绕着我,我被包容其中,我想用绘画和言语都是无法能表达我的感受的,你需要把你自己放进她们的声音中,去寻找自己灵魂的旋律,跟随她们一起去旅行…在她们的音乐旋律中我能深切的感受到“心灵的呼吸”,在她们的声音中能感到“心跳”。

我游移于绘画,音乐之间,我描绘着那不知疲倦的音乐的心,我在古典音乐中找到了安静,我在爵士乐中找到了自由,我希望心灵的自由能走的更远,音乐温暖着我的心,敏感的琴旋温暖的弹拨着,灵感一片金黄。

音乐的属性是生命 ,关于音乐,所有的艺术都在不断地向着音乐的境界努力,它比绘画更加的难以捉摸。舞蹈的激情是流畅的,这种激情在我的生命中流淌,绘画是留下来得物质,在洗涤和沉淀之后。音乐能震撼我的心灵,音乐只能用音乐的术语来讨论,音乐有它的独特效力,它在某种特定的环境下可以在极其短暂的时间把一个人的灵魂送上天堂。爵士乐是我即兴灵感的来源,巴赫音乐圣洁的灵魂是我的精神路线,拉威尔的钢琴独奏是我灵感的海波变得明亮,我把这些感受采集起来,来完成我的绘画作品,绘画找到了那被照亮的线索-绘画的美丽理由。流动变为凝滞,短暂变为永恒的同时,是一种时间的形态转化为空间的形态,记忆的体验和沉淀领我进入—进入—就形成了画面的氛围。

–古丽斯坦