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  • Québec, Qc
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Last Train Home (Pat Metheny) - excerpt #1 - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working on an arrangement of Pat Metheny's classic « Last Train Home ». quite possibly my favourite piece to play on the guitar. recorded in april 2018. ❤ th...
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Somewhere Ahead

as i sit on the floor and bow my head i wonder why my path has led me here for which purpose must i be rid of fear that lies in store for me somewhere aheadno way could i the turns have all foreseen nor prayed for all of life's given blessings for the angels would not reveal their wings until after the time they could be seenis it a door i hear, a voice, a pace or only an echo, a whim, a wraith a breeze, a thought, a threat without a facebe still my beating heart, oh do not race stay with me in…See More
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Ascent

now that the truth is out and edges the windup say did you really doubt of where you would end upjust right there where you are all alone in the night feeling more fraud than star and really not that brightnot completely grownup more bewildered than fine but still the wait is up time to come forth and shineseems you blew your thirties in healing from your teens in bending to worries and in blaming your genescloistered in priory yet life was not tranquil your want was fiery unending test of…See More
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Starscaping

was it not all written in the divine memoirs on the nightly heaven as a pattern of starsthat the worst could happen at the perfect hour to rescue the fallen from haughtiness dourso that they could in turn save from the bonfire their fellow men who burn in confusion direwas it not all written well ahead of the time in words aptly chosen metered and set to rhymethat there's no simple way to rekindle nature but take what from the day provides shallow pleasureso that there's no option but to renew…See More
Apr 3
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Gymnopédie #1 (Erik Satie) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

Satie meets funk and jazz. part of an arrangement in progress. recorded in july 2018. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited to subscribe to the ★...
Mar 30
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Mar 29
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Close To You (Burt Bacharach / The Carpenters) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

part of an arrangement in progress of « Close To You » by Burt Bacharach / The Carpenters. recorded in july 2018. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're i...
Mar 27
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Mar 26
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Preview : Written In The Stars [Upcoming Releases]

« Written In The Stars » is a series of compositions that loosely tell the story of a person grieving after the unexpected and untimely ending of an undertak...
Mar 21
Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

Land's End

God, suspended in the clouds, creates light. » by Thomas de Leu) what was there left to do standing at the summit but to reach for the sky up above infinitewhat was there left to do at the edge of the land but to keep on going and defy gravitywhat was there left to do at the end of the road but to invent a bridge onto a higher worldwhat was…See More
Mar 20
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Escapades

a sweet and whimsical composition, one of the first pieces i wrote for solo acoustic guitar, more than two decades ago. though a few passages have been upgra...
Mar 17
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Stillborn

« Stillborn » is the Monthly Release for February 2020. The piece is the second chapter of a composition called « Written In The Stars » which loosely tells ...
Feb 26
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Rising From The Ashes

a restless instrumental that evolved from an unusual chord progression i stumbled upon while noodling on the nylon guitar. it evokes the indomitable loving e...
Jan 29
 

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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Nexus

Posted on April 8, 2020 at 9:27am 0 Comments

how many souls lay blinded by that creed

stuck on a rock that's lost in the vastness

fatherless child of mother randomness

the underlying view that fosters greed

satisfied by the laws of mechanics

kindergarten of logic and reason

unfit for the tests of intuition

barred from the master class in holistics

unprepared to see past material

as if fearing fatal delirium

through knowledge of concerns spiritual

yet truth is no stranger to…

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Conveyed by Rhymes

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 10:12am 0 Comments

i can recall the day when the world fell

and i could only watch in disbelief

as people blamed each other for their grief

before hiding back each inside their shell

from there we edged ever closer to hell

dying nature, fires, foul climes above

divided souls all longing for some love

while minds dreaded for them would toll the bell

and now a plague warns us with its dark chimes

to see we're tied, us threads of the same rope

against which…

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Somewhere Ahead

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 9:16am 0 Comments

as i sit on the floor and bow my head

i wonder why my path has led me here

for which purpose must i be rid of fear

that lies in store for me somewhere ahead

no way could i the turns have all foreseen

nor prayed for all of life's given blessings

for the angels would not reveal their wings

until after the time they could be seen

is it a door i hear, a voice, a pace

or only an echo, a whim, a wraith

a breeze, a thought, a threat without a…

Continue

Ascent

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 8:20pm 0 Comments

now that the truth is out

and edges the windup

say did you really doubt

of where you would end up

just right there where you are

all alone in the night

feeling more fraud than star

and really not that bright

not completely grownup

more bewildered than fine

but still the wait is up

time to come forth and shine

seems you blew your thirties

in healing from your teens

in bending to worries

and in blaming your…

Continue

Starscaping

Posted on April 3, 2020 at 7:25pm 0 Comments

was it not all written

in the divine memoirs

on the nightly heaven

as a pattern of stars

that the worst could happen

at the perfect hour

to rescue the fallen

from haughtiness dour

so that they could in turn

save from the bonfire

their fellow men who burn

in confusion dire

was it not all written

well ahead of the time

in words aptly chosen

metered and set to rhyme

that there's no simple way

to…

Continue

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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 video

Last Train Home (Pat Metheny) - excerpt #1 - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working on an arrangement of Pat Metheny's classic « Last Train Home ». quite possibly my favourite piece to play on the guitar. recorded in april 2018. ❤ th...
2 hours ago
Christopher Stewart posted videos
yesterday
Christopher Stewart posted blog posts
Wednesday
Christopher Stewart posted videos
Tuesday
Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

Somewhere Ahead

as i sit on the floor and bow my head i wonder why my path has led me here for which purpose must i be rid of fear that lies in store for me somewhere aheadno way could i the turns have all foreseen nor prayed for all of life's given blessings for the angels would not reveal their wings until after the time they could be seenis it a door i hear, a voice, a pace or only an echo, a whim, a wraith a breeze, a thought, a threat without a facebe still my beating heart, oh do not race stay with me in…See More
Monday
Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

Ascent

now that the truth is out and edges the windup say did you really doubt of where you would end upjust right there where you are all alone in the night feeling more fraud than star and really not that brightnot completely grownup more bewildered than fine but still the wait is up time to come forth and shineseems you blew your thirties in healing from your teens in bending to worries and in blaming your genescloistered in priory yet life was not tranquil your want was fiery unending test of…See More
Sunday
Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

Starscaping

was it not all written in the divine memoirs on the nightly heaven as a pattern of starsthat the worst could happen at the perfect hour to rescue the fallen from haughtiness dourso that they could in turn save from the bonfire their fellow men who burn in confusion direwas it not all written well ahead of the time in words aptly chosen metered and set to rhymethat there's no simple way to rekindle nature but take what from the day provides shallow pleasureso that there's no option but to renew…See More
Apr 3
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Gymnopédie #1 (Erik Satie) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

Satie meets funk and jazz. part of an arrangement in progress. recorded in july 2018. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited to subscribe to the ★...
Mar 30

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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

Created by SingerLink Jun 22, 2010 at 9:21pm. Last updated by SingerLink Jun 22, 2010.

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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Created by SingerLink Jun 2, 2010 at 6:55am. Last updated by SingerLink Jun 2, 2010.

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