Vijay Gupta

Violinist. Speaker. Advocate.

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May 24, 2020

Solitude/Isolation

There are many ways to be alone. 

Gupta…is one of the most radical thinkers in the unradical world of American classical music. With Street Symphony, he has created a formidable new model for how musical institutions should engage with the world around them. – Alex Ross, The New Yorker

Handel's 'Messiah,' on Skid Row

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Vijay Gupta believes that the work of the artist and citizen is one:

To make a daily practice of the connected, creative, and courageous world we long to live in Hailed by The New Yorker as “a visionary violinist…one of the most radical thinkers in the unradical world of American classical music” Vijay is an esteemed musician, speaker and thought leader, serving to create spaces of belonging, healing and wholeness through music.

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“The only way you will ever awaken is through silence, not through analyzation of facts. Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go. Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts. Letting go of these things daily.”⁠⠀
- Robert Adams⁠⠀
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Bach, Presto from the Sonata in g minor. ⁠⠀
#creativesadhana⁠⠀
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Diversity is about discomfort: how do you value a perspective which challenges what you think is right? ⁠⠀
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Having our own creative practice helps us see the creative practice of others. We don’t have to agree, or do things the same way - but we can hold a diversity of perspectives together. A #creativesadhana opens us to the reality that we don’t have the answers. ⁠⠀
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We lean into discomfort. ⁠⠀
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A part of growing is realizing that there are many ways for an idea to take shape. Different experiences, intentions, qualities inform what makes something a ‘gut’ feeling. Our work - whether we’re artists or not - is to take those gut feelings and form them into a lens to see the world. ⁠⠀
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But that creative act - that lens through which we see the world - is also a lens inward towards ourselves. A creative practice helps us see, as well as be seen. Like the give and take of breath, or oceans waves beating against sand, we are in a constant cycle of seeing and being seen. Each glimpse is different. Each glimpse is a breath of life. ⁠⠀
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Credit: @bawdenka⁠⠀
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“If you want the truth,⁠⠀
I’ll tell you the truth:⁠⠀
Listen to the secret sound,⁠⠀
the real sound,⁠⠀
which is inside you.”⁠⠀
― Kabir⁠⠀
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There is a moment in practicing when the way I listen changes. If I’m listening inwardly, I connect with a silence which feels like a source of music, a secret. It’s playing a whisper, or a lullaby: intimate and inwardly yearning. What’s the secret truth of your inner sound? ⁠⠀
Bach: Siciliano from the Sonata in g minor⁠⠀
#creativesadhana⁠⠀
#silence #music #sound⁠⠀
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Take back your projections.
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The world we long for won’t exist until we lay to rest the expectations of yesterday. Projections aren’t true vision: they are yesterday’s expectations of how things should be today. As we take back our projections, we take back a world we think is entitled to us - and instead, hope to see the world as it is. Vision, then, is about making the space for what is - and peering bravely into now - right now. ⁠⠀
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#creativesadhana #vision #darshan⁠⠀
Photo: @bawdenka⁠⠀
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“Darshan” is the Sanskrit word for “vision” - a vision of a deity in a holy place, or the internal glimpse of the holy in our everyday life: our beloved, a sibling, a parent. For me, the most profound ‘darshan’ is the one within - of soul, within. As we make a pilgrimage to slow down and visit our own deep internal wells of creative practice, we may catch a glimpse of our true selves. Staring back at us from the well within, we envision that which animates us - what #PaoloCoelho calls the “soul of the world”. ⁠⠀
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What is the world you envision? What tapestry do you weave from the many strands of your life? How might you embody, in small and sustainable ways, that deep personal vision for what makes you come most alive in the world? ⁠⠀
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This excerpt of “Darshan”, by @reenaesmailcomposer, is written in the Raga “Charukeshi”, which sings of the many paradoxes of grief: sweetness, sadness, delight, rage stretched to the extreme. Taking the journey within is fraught with mourning - especially as we let go of a veneer of a life or identity which may no longer exist in the present. Grief is the celebration and vision of a world of possibility. ⁠⠀
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Excited to share that this world-premiere recording of “Darshan” by @reenaesmailcomposer is now available on @spotify and @applemusic! ⁠⠀
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#creativesadhana #raga #charukeshi #darshan #violin #vision⁠⠀
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“From deep within, our spirits are calling for a new and greater global wholeness, global healing, and global opportunity -- the voice is ours, the time is now, and the resources are what we have.”⁠⠀
― Laura Teresa Marquez⁠⠀
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Wholeness, like forgiveness, is a choice. Wholeness is the choice to listen to the symphonic score of our common body - the human body, the cultural body, the body politic, the body of our Mother, Earth. We listen, with all our heart, to the body which keeps the score. ⁠⠀
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The author Parker Palmer teaches us that the work of wholeness is “create spaces between us where the soul feels safe enough to show up and make its claim on our lives”. The next response is to show up, and to make, of our broken American body still being born, a place safe enough for our souls to claim our lives. ⁠⠀
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From the 2020 Nancy Hanks Lecture for @Americans4arts⁠⠀
Photo Credit: @bawdenka⁠⠀
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What is the sound of your heart, singing? What call do you cry, what “yawp” springs from your inner fountain, which draws you closer to your truest self? ⁠⠀
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I want to thank you all for listening to these last three weeks of “When the Violin”. This work - the poem of Hafiz, the Raga Charukeshi, and most importantly, the painstaking loving work of @ReenaEsmailComposer - whose painstaking love transforms my life every single day - has given me a chance to savor the themes of forgiveness, belonging, and wholeness. These few seconds of music each day are an offering of the most sacred threads, woven into strands of daily artistic offerings. I am learning that finding my own voice - as a musician and writer - is like following a thread in the dark. I don’t know where I’m going, often - but the peeling back of each layer leaves me more exposed to myself. Each layer dis-covered is the path towards the song of my heart. Thank you for listening. ⁠⠀
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“When the Violin”, by @reenaesmailcomposer⁠⠀
Recorded for @violinist.com_ #gilharmonic⁠⠀
#creativesadhana #whentheviolin⁠⠀
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Integrity comes from the Latin root “integer”, meaning wholeness. An innocent wholeness comes when we mend the fences within ourselves which keep us compartmentalized and fragmented. What does it take to heal? That long hard look at ourselves. And a sense of humor. ⁠⠀
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We begin to laugh - laughing like Hafiz writes in the poem - “When the violin can forgive every wound caused by others, you will become such a drunk laughing nuisance that God will then lean down and comb you into Her hair.” How might we forget ourselves so thoroughly that we are combed up into the fabric of the universe itself, and made whole by the memory that we have always belonged - that we have always been whole?⁠⠀
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“When the Violin”, by @reenaesmailcomposer⁠⠀
Recorded for @violinist.com_ #gilharmonic⁠⠀
#creativesadhana #whentheviolin⁠⠀
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