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  • Québec, Qc
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Artistic Impulse

the impulse that drives artistic expression is irrational, unconditioned, and impersonal. it is beyond the grasp of reason and its constructions, which allows it to make the being resonate at frequencies that reason is not able to reach, and thus initiate it into experiences that are beyond his comprehension.See More
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Christopher Stewart posted a video

Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

more an improvisation than a proper arrangement of Bart Howard's jazz standard « Fly Me To The Moon, » made popular by Frank Sinatra. recorded in july 2020. ...
Saturday
Christopher Stewart posted a video

The Girl From Ipanema (Antônio Carlos Jobim) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working on an arrangement of Jobim's bossa nova classic « The Girl From Ipanema. » recorded in july 2020. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited t...
Thursday
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Hope [Fingerstyle Guitar Originals]

this is a recording of a song titled « Hope » which was originally written around december 2012, and intended as a lullaby for grown-ups. the audio and perfo...
Jul 22
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Rock With You (Michael Jackson) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working on an arrangement of « Rock With You » by Michael Jackson. recorded in july 2020. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited to subscribe to t...
Jul 15
Christopher Stewart posted a video

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

rehearsing an arrangement of Stevie Wonder's classic « You Are The Sunshine Of My Life. » one of my favourite pieces to play on the guitar. recorded in july ...
Jul 13
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Magic (Olivia Newton-John) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

rehearsing an arrangement of « Magic » by Olivia Newton-John. recorded in july 2019. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited to subscribe to the ★ ...
Jul 2
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Steppin' Out (Joe Jackson) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working out an arrangement of « Steppin' Out » by Joe Jackson. recorded in july 2019. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited to subscribe to the ★...
Jun 25
Christopher Stewart posted videos
Jun 23
Christopher Stewart posted a video

How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

rehearsing an arrangement of the Bee Gee's classic « How Deep Is Your Love, » in preparation for the upcoming busking season. recorded in may 2020. ❤ thank y...
Jun 11
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Preview : La Côte d'Abraham [Upcoming Releases]

around september 2017, i was invited to join the house band of a local community center. after talking for a while about repertoire with Pierre Frappier, the...
Jun 10
Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

One Of A Kind

Essentially written in one day in March 2013, « One Of A Kind » is an upbeat folk pop summer song about meeting someone who turns out to have special significance in one's life, and eventually becoming so close as to form a kind of unit with them.Ultimately, it's also about how every encounter, whether apparently desirable or otherwise, actually contributes to one's growth and to finding one's place in the grand scheme of things. Here are the lyrics :verse 1i was lonely you were alone silent…See More
Jun 9
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Rosanna (Toto) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

this is part of an arrangement in progress of « Rosanna » by Toto. not quite all the way, but getting there. recorded in july 2018. ❤ thank you for your supp...
Jun 3
Christopher Stewart posted a video

I Just Wanna Stop (Gino Vannelli) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

rehearsing an arrangement of Gino Vannelli's classic « I Just Wanna Stop » as i get ready for busking season. recorded in may 2020. ❤ thank you for your supp...
May 29
Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

Leap

tell me i did not dive in way too deep and that i will find the relief i seek when bells toll the time to jump off the peak say that there will be faith to take the leapalthough i've walked the path of oracles and seen you've kept the oath you'd said you'd keep when the fruits will be close enough to reap will i really believe in miraclesdid your plan really include that last turn or did i miss a lesson on the road will there some day be nothing more to learnnot knowing the cost in merit to…See More
May 5
Christopher Stewart posted a video

The Naga Saga Raga - excerpt #2 - [Fingerstyle Guitar Originals]

this is the ending of « The Naga Saga Raga, » an original that started its life as an improv, in the process of being formalized. recorded in july 2018. ❤ th...
Apr 28
 

Poligraf

Music and Spiritual Practice - An Overview of Poligraf

Music has been an essential part of my life since the end of the 80s.

The adventure began during the second of my four years of studying electrical engineering at Université Laval in Québec City. Through various friends and contacts I reconnected with progressive rock, a form of music to which I had already been exposed to in my youth thanks to my older brothers and sisters. Hearing the music of bands such as Yes, Rush, Genesis, and King Crimson felt like meeting old friends, and quickly I knew I just had to do as those musicians did, although my prior experience with music had been minimal at that time.

The feeling was so strong that not only did it led me to buy various instruments so I could learn how to play, but it was also the main force that made me decide to change direction after my first semester as a graduate student in computer vision and systems so I could build my life around music. And perhaps more importantly, when it became clear that I would compose music of my own, it spawned the question « what should the songs be about ? » which powered me into many years of exploring a multitude of domains of knowledge including science, philosophy, psychology, art, mysticism, and the occult.

Music for me is also spiritual practice. The inspiration and elevation it provides is undeniable, and the many insights I have had while practicing an instrument or rehearsing a part are too numerous to recount. Music picks me up when I let reason bring me down, restores my energy levels when I feel tired, sustains me through lengthy work sessions, and generally brings me to a state of inner peace and deep joy.

My objective as a musician is to communicate that energy in the hopes that listeners will experience that very same elevation and inspiration. It is also my intention to share my experiences and discoveries and thus hopefully help others reach understandings that can they can use on their own journey.

Buddhism has been an essential part of my life since the mid-90s.

The adventure began when I stumbled upon a feature in an encyclopedic dictionary that highlighted the Four Noble Truths. That finding immediately sparked my curiosity and a few days later I was buying a copy of The Dhammapada at a local bookstore. While slowly digesting the aphorisms in the weeks that followed, I found that its teachings were in continuity with a process of introspection that had begun during an introductory course on neural networks (i.e. systems designed to emulate some of the capabilities of the human brain, such as pattern recognition and associative memory), the study of which had triggered the question « what does this tell me about my own inner workings ? »

From then on I pursued my explorations and plunged into the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, which was quickly followed by various Mahayana sutras. I also bought a guide to learn how to meditate and started experimenting with the practice.

During the years that followed, I plowed through most of the major Mahayana sutras, progressively adjusted my lifestyle and behaviour to accord with the precepts, refined my meditation practice, memorized mantras, and became a vegetarian.

Poligraf has been an essential part of my life since its inception at the beginning of February 1998.

The adventure began after the collapse of a band that arguably never really existed as it only had a handful of rehearsals, but for which I had already written a lot of material. Left alone at the helm, I connected with a group of experienced musicians via a co-worker friend and after agreeing on a general aim and formula, we raised sail and headed to the terra incognita of progressive rock.

Over its eleven years of activity in various incarnations, Poligraf has yielded enough music for over five full-length albums, but never really had a chance to officially record any of them, although some of the material has been demoed and performed on stage on various occasions.

Most of the music documents my own spiritual path and presents some of the lessons that life has taught me on the way. Some pieces are directly inspired by Buddhist texts or teachings. For instance, « Between Worlds » is directly inspired by the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, and « The Idler » and « Creeper » have been inspired by aphorisms of The Dhammapada. « Void » illustrates the Buddhist concept of emptiness, and « SubjeKctiv » serves as a reminder of the subjectivity of experience and the coextensivity of worlds. « Entering the Stream » is a trilogy, counting a total of nine chapters, that depicts the trajectory of an individual fed up with the mundane who decides to retreat into an ashram for some heavy introspection before returning to the ordinary with a renewed perspective on life.

Throughout all these years, if the Mahayana has provided the vehicle, then Poligraf has certainly provided landscapes, path, and drive, while the buddhas have completed the picture with their timely, serendipitous, and often magical interventions.

I don't know why I feel so strongly about music, progressive rock, and Poligraf in particular, but I just know I do and I trust that feeling to the best of my ability. My connection to Poligraf runs so deep that whenever I let hardships or circumstances turn into reasons to believe that there's no viable future for the band, then I retreat into apathy. That is, until that unmistakable feeling breaks through the veil of confusion to drive me again. To the best of my present understanding, my own self-realization seems to be linked to that of the band, if not as the culmination of my spiritual practice, then at least as an essential stepping stone towards it.

March 2020 Update: Poligraf is currently hibernating, and probably not coming back to life, at least for the foreseeable future. Still, I have been writing new music steadily since the band was last active, a mix of songs and instrumentals influenced from progressive rock and which have been written for Poligraf, and also singer-songwriter tunes that are closer in their essence to folk-rock or even pop, pieces for solo classical guitar, and occasional electroid experimentations.

If you'd like to know more about my musical activities and support me in my efforts to bring more artistic beauty into the world, please visit my website (see the first icon below) where you can learn more about my various projects.

For me, your support represents an opportunity to go to the next level, reach a wider audience, and ultimately become a self-sustaining music producing unit that can function independently of a record label.

Thank you for reading thus far, and best wishes to you on your journey.

        

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Artistic Impulse

Posted on August 1, 2020 at 6:19pm 0 Comments

the impulse that drives artistic expression is irrational, unconditioned, and impersonal. it is beyond the grasp of reason and its constructions, which allows it to make the being resonate at frequencies that reason is not able to reach, and thus initiate it into experiences that are beyond his comprehension.

One Of A Kind

Posted on June 9, 2020 at 9:57am 0 Comments

Essentially written in one day in March 2013, « One Of A Kind » is an upbeat folk pop summer song about meeting someone who turns out to have special significance in one's life, and eventually becoming so close as to form a kind of unit with them.

Ultimately, it's also about how every encounter, whether apparently desirable or otherwise, actually contributes to one's growth and to finding one's place in the grand scheme of things.



Here are the lyrics…

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Leap

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 12:44pm 0 Comments

tell me i did not dive in way too deep

and that i will find the relief i seek

when bells toll the time to jump off the peak

say that there will be faith to take the leap

although i've walked the path of oracles

and seen you've kept the oath you'd said you'd keep

when the fruits will be close enough to reap

will i really believe in miracles

did your plan really include that last turn

or did i miss a lesson on the road

will there some day…

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Allegory of the Long Spoons

Posted on April 14, 2020 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

« The allegory of the long spoons is a parable that shows the difference between heaven and hell by means of people forced to eat with long spoons. »

« In each location, the inhabitants are given access to food, but the utensils are too unwieldy to serve oneself with. In hell, the people cannot cooperate, and consequently starve. In heaven, the diners feed one another across the table and are sated. »

« Given the same level playing field one group of…

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Living Bond

Posted on April 13, 2020 at 5:09pm 0 Comments

dare i declare that we'll always be one

that in your soul breathes an echo of mine

that our paths will fusion down the line

that this living bond cannot come undone

dare i reveal how we have been misled

by values that want us to be apart

told only a fool could follow their heart

by demons of greed, reason, and hatred

could you forgive me for being doubtful

of accepting the fate of a prophet

and having been of you so…

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Do you sing in a chorus or choir?
No
Are you a solo singer?
Yes
What types of music do you like to sing?
Other
Are a conductor?
No

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Latest Activity

Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

Artistic Impulse

the impulse that drives artistic expression is irrational, unconditioned, and impersonal. it is beyond the grasp of reason and its constructions, which allows it to make the being resonate at frequencies that reason is not able to reach, and thus initiate it into experiences that are beyond his comprehension.See More
Saturday
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

more an improvisation than a proper arrangement of Bart Howard's jazz standard « Fly Me To The Moon, » made popular by Frank Sinatra. recorded in july 2020. ...
Saturday
Christopher Stewart posted a video

The Girl From Ipanema (Antônio Carlos Jobim) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working on an arrangement of Jobim's bossa nova classic « The Girl From Ipanema. » recorded in july 2020. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited t...
Thursday
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Hope [Fingerstyle Guitar Originals]

this is a recording of a song titled « Hope » which was originally written around december 2012, and intended as a lullaby for grown-ups. the audio and perfo...
Jul 22
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Choral Workshop on Lake Garda (Italy) - Oct. 2021 at Concert hall in Riva del Garda

October 14, 2021 to October 17, 2021
Choral Workshop with the International Oratorio Choir.This year the Coronation Mass by W. A. Mozart will be worked on. Groups of at least 10 persons can take part in the project.Terms and conditions for singers and further information you will find on our website https://www.choral-workshops.com/See More
Jul 22
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NEW YORK OPERA CONSERVATORY - Free virtual opera: Mozart’s Don Giovanni: A Pandemic Nightmare at Youtube

July 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020
As a summer opera program for emerging singers, the  New York Opera Conservatory had to re-think a way to not disappoint its students in light of the covid epidemic. But how do you maintain social distancing in opera rehearsals and performances?  How do you lift moods during such an intense period of uncertainty?  The Conservatory’s answer was to make the pandemic the backdrop of an opera, and some of its consequences a part of the production!  Since Mozart’s Don Giovanni (a dark tragedy) had…See More
Jul 20
Caroline Knaggs posted a blog post

Permission to Shine round two is calling all Pop, Soul and Folk singers

It’s your time to shine now … as round two of Play It Forward’s online singing competition Permission to Shine is open! This is a great opportunity to participate in a brand new and innovative international competition.  Jonathon Welch, our founding artistic director, comments “Permission to Shine is open to everyone.  Entries are welcome from amateurs through to music students and also professional singers, from right across the world.” The Permission To Shine team are delighted with the…See More
Jul 18
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Rock With You (Michael Jackson) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working on an arrangement of « Rock With You » by Michael Jackson. recorded in july 2020. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited to subscribe to t...
Jul 15

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Conan Features a Choir on His Show

Conan features the Scala and Kolacny Brothers choir on his TV show.

 

What's next? Are we getting some culture on TV?

 





The all female choir performs…

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Created by SingerLink Apr 23, 2011 at 10:43am. Last updated by SingerLink May 1, 2011.

The Christian West and Its Singers

Here's a review of a great new book "The Christian West and Its Singers" by Jeffery Tucker:



Jeffrey remarks:


"So rather than a review, I say to you, this book exists. Perhaps it has opened a new chapter in history of the study of Christian…
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Created by SingerLink Jun 22, 2010 at 9:08pm. Last updated by SingerLink Aug 29, 2010.

Presentation Mini Master Class





Maestro…
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Created by SingerLink Sep 29, 2009 at 7:58am. Last updated by SingerLink Aug 10, 2010.

Working With Singers

Here's a great video on working with singers from I… Continue

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Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt

Here's a preview of an new book about Joseph Flummerfelt





In Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt: Thoughts on Conducting, Music, and Musicians, Donald Nally presents a window into the mind and heart of one of America's most celebrated and distinguished choral…
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