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CANAAN DAVE 01: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

56:00. Canaan Dave is: Canaan (Bass), and David (Guitar). CANAAN DAVE 01: is an improvised duet.

CANAAN comments on "Highline Indian Summer Session, October 21, 2015 (CANAAN DAVE 01):"

•••••"I think of 'The Highline' as my backyard, as I live just a block from it. But in recent years I've stayed away from that lovely elevated park until the dwindling warm days of Autumn, when a walk in the sun becomes more precious. David and I picked a near perfect day and one of the small nooks off the main 'parade route' to set up and record. Through a happy accident, we didn't have the right cables for both of us to connect, so we decided to experiment: I'd improvise a solo bass track, then later David would improvise on guitar on top of that track. This meant that, rather than the usual give-and-take of a jam session, I had to anticipate David's playing, and David had to play around a pre-recorded improv, a different test of a musician's awareness.

Harmony is a curious thing. There are plenty of fixed paths (modes and scales) to play around, but rhythm can free you to play any note, in or out of any mode. David's idea was for a long, free meditative journey, so as I played on, with David's verbal urging, I moved further away from my modal 'parade route' into anywhere."

DAVE comments on: "Project Indian Summer Session, October 21, 2015 (CANAAN DAVE 01):"

••••••”For me, the work is all about spontaneity. It is about now: and how things fall into place. I am inspired by whatever was happening, musically, as it was happening. Each part is created in its specific time and space. In my practice, this is what creativity is all about. I always want to invent something different, something hypnotic: some other thing, something this is not a traditionally known musical form: but it somehow sounds like music. I wanted people to be drawn into it. These are sounds that brings me into a state of relaxation or meditation."

© 2015 by Canaan Parker and David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


EXPERIENCE_OF_THE_IMAGE_HD: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

05:28. Artist talks (Video Book): EXPERIENCE of the IMAGE: Fine Art Project: Black and white photographs taken in Greenwich Village, West Village, and Soho, during the 1980's, and 90ís.

Total freedom is: 1) emotional independence, 2) clarity of mind, 3) present moment, 4) no dependency, without 5) grasping to the known. In this practice, there is: 1) contentment, 2) happiness, 3) fulfillment, and 4) stability.

This experience is about existing, co-existing, art, culture, Bohemia, inspired minds, intellectualism, happiness, freedom, non-violence, non-obsession, imagination, the possibilities, and belief in a higher power.

© 2013 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


VIDEO STILLS: 66: HD: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

03:17. This work is a series of video stills, made from other artworks, proceeding from one, into the other. These works were taken from moving video, and then made into video again.

The music is entitled: SONG FOR MYSELF: an improvised composition that is personal to me. I hope that you enjoy this body of work.

© 2015 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


SCANS_2015_HD: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

08:18. SCANS: HD: Video / slideshow / artist talk / narrative about art, technology, and intuition. Artist talks (slideshow): Discussion: Photographic Scans: art, the machinery / materials used to make the art, and our relationship to how it was made.This video is about photography and mixed media, imagery and perception, analog, digital photographic, and art processes.

One pass of a scan can be equated with consciousness or some expansive space, with the wealth of information that is in there. Looking is definitely part of the bigger picture.Works by David Rapoport, 2014. Thanks to Sri Sri, Robert, Charles, Elinor, Peter, and Silvio. JGD.© 2015 by David Rapoport.


PETER HOMITZKY: DISCOURSE ON ART: HD: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

21:59: PETER HOMITZKY (American, b. 1942): Short film in HD: Interview: Filmed in 2010. (Art Students League), New York City and (near his home), Upstate NY. Interview with Peter Homitzky, artist (painter). Instructor at the Art Students League, New York, NY.

Mr. Homitzky discusses his career, his life, the history of the art market, the skills of painting, scale and vantage, style and viewpoint, and what it means to be successful in the art professions.He talks about an educated middle class that dominated the art market years ago, and the failure of the art market today.What is the difference between style and viewpoint? What is the significance of altering the scale and vantage in a landscape, or any image that relates perspective? How do they affect what a painting represents as subject? How does skill play into this?

I learned how to paint and draw for my photography: I learned how to see. I could see, but sometimes, I could not see. Then I would squint, and see some other view of the same thing.What is the importance art in general, and how does it relate to what we know and understand what we know about our world? What is the nature of commerce with regard to art? How has the art market changed since the 1960's and 70's?How do I relate to the world of art, and art photography? One on one. Closely, and honestly. No denial. With depth and direction. Beyond the known.

Interesting and essential aspects about art and the art world, are explained and revealed by this veteran contemporary artist (underrated,and under-celebrated: but known by those that matter to him). His works are exhibited and exhibited worldwide.His life in the arts is one that an artist can only dream of. His days at the Modern, the Five Spot where Monk played, and his association with so many great, and well celebrated artists. He talks about their motivations, and what he learned from his contemporaries. It is mind-blowing to hear the list of artists that he knows, or has known.He taught me that no matter what something appears to be: for me, that it can be perceived as totally different, depending on other possible perspectives, as they present themselves.

All in all, the best knowledge is that knowledge that is contradictory to itself. I am always thankful to Peter for his guidance, patience, and wisdom.A short film by David Rapopoort (American, b. 1960), artist, photographer, filmmaker, and musician.© 2010 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Very special thanks to my GuruDev (H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living founder).


PLACES: 20 Art - Music Videos: NYC, 2011: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

03:38:00. PLACES: 20 Art - Music Videos: NYC, 2011: 20 episodes.
Arts, entertainment, and education: New York City: my favorite places, geographic and historical references (2011), abstract, experimental, re-interpretation, subject, balance, questioning what is visible, entertainment, sounds, the known, and the unknown.

I envision New York City as some other universe. It is depicted as some completely different experience. Somehow, everything that we see and know, becomes light, infinite space, or consciousness. I encourage you to use your imagination, and let it take you anywhere it wants to go, in the safety of your own home.

Very special thanks to my GuruDev (H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living founder).

© 2011 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

LINK: PLACES: 20 Art - Music Videos: NYC, 2011: ART/ MUSIC/ VIDEO (VIMEO ON DEMAND):

BEYOND_THE_PICTURE_HD: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

06:14. BEYOND_THE_PICTURE: HD: A different kind of documentary (narrative, photo-essay, poetry): Photos taken in the street.

Artist talks (slideshow): BEYOND (what is known about) THE PICTURE: is collection of photography (and art) about: the actual 2-dimensional image/artwork (or the result), person, experience of all of it, and longing for what is beyond.

Why are the objects or subjects in a photograph much more important than the pictures themselves? It is about the difference between the physical subject, and the image object or subject (the persons in the photo). I explore the psychology, science, (visual and mental) patterns, the spirituality, and the knowledge of the works that I create.

Going beyond the picture, is stepping out of the known, and planned, to go into some new, spontaneous, and unknown place. This longing becomes the true fulfillment.

© 2013 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


DAVID RAPOPORT_COLLECTION_OF_6_CD's: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

05:25:00. DAVID RAPOPORT_COLLECTION_OF_6_CD's: CD AUDIO: Original Recordings: My Inner Reflection of the World:

Experimentation: A Work in Progress: 1) This body of musical works was created over the last two decades. 2) They were made at home, with consumer-grade recording equipment. 3) They are experimental, spiritual, musical, devotional, and oftentimes, abstract. 4) They were created with technology, voice, and instruments (digital and analog). 5) They are the result of a spiritual mindset, meditation, yoga, breathing, and positive life practice. 6) They were made spontaneously. They were unplanned, and oftentimes, of stream of consciousness. 7) There are 6 complete CD's. 8) I hope that you enjoy listening to my music, words, voice, samples, beats, and sounds. It is best to listen to it straight through (there are no commercials):

Music, art, and experimentation are everything! Special thanks to GuruDev (H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living founder), Charles Traub, Robert, Bob Suppan, Aram Bajakian, Laraaji, and others for their inspiration.

Collection: © 2015 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


KOU_KOU_BA_CD Audio: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

36:05. Improvisational Music and Abstract Video: It is what it is: It is a film, it is music: we hear the sounds, there are colors, glowing light, that moves: it is on the beat, artistic, experimental, improvisational, attractive, abstract, meditative, filled with subtle energy, spiritual, hypnotic, clear, stream of consciousness, acquired taste, sweet: jazz sounds by: FA: (FINE ART): West African drum set (Ivory Coast), jazz guitar, upright bass: recording session.

Recorded part on location, and completed with digital multi-track, 2014. Track Listing (revised order): 1) Ngoron, 2) Ma Deane, 3) Kou Kou Ba, 4) Lor Biene, 5) Innocence, and 6) Ya Do. Description: World Beat, (Drums and Bass), Acoustic Jazz. Universal Vibe. Improvised/Traditional Music, Electronic: Composition. /// FA: is: David Rapoport (Guitar Sounds), Vado Diomande (Drums), and Jennifer Vincent (Bass). Engineered by David Rapoport. Video by David Rapoport. FA: Just let go.

Very special thanks to GuruDev, and all of my teachers. JGD.

© 2014 by David Rapoport and Vado Diomande.


BACKGROUND_FOREGROUND: by TORU DAVID: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

02:02:08. CD AUDIO: Relax. An Improvised Music Duet: Music_Art_Works: by Toru Hoshino (Upright Bass), and David Rapoport (Amplified Acoustic Guitar).

The resulting recording (year: 2012) was made in two sessions, captured live in 8 parts, with the studio windows wide open (with street sounds), and is now presented as one complete work.Very special thanks to GuruDev, Toru, Charles, Aram, Eno, Laraaji, and Bob.

© 2012 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED..


OSAMU_TORU_DAVID_(MUSIC): from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

57:32: OSAMU_TORU_DAVID: Complete Music-Film:

Jazz Improvisation in rehearsal studio: experimental music, with abstract visuals. For relaxation, pleasure, meditation, and higher state of consciousness. We just set up, and started to play. It is what it is.

Video: music-computer-art-movie, Video: lights, EFX: Added to: 2010 footage: taken late summer that year: in New York City in the twilight. Many times, when I do not look, when I hardly look, when I squint while looking, or when I experience some obscure view or vision of something, I recognize or see it in a completely different way, like I have never seen or experienced it before.

Then, I listened. 1) Osamu Fukuzaki: Piano, 2) Toru Hoshino, Upright Bass, 3) David Rapoport, Acoustic Guitar. Special thanks to: Dear GuruDev, Laraaji, Jai Uttal, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Charles, and all of my life teachers.

© 2012 by David Rapoport, Toru Hoshino, and Osamu Fukuzaki.

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