Led by drummer and composer Sam Gardner, Samadhi Quintet combine the rhythms of India and Latin America with the beats of hip hop and the language of jazz to create a unique sound.
All compositions by Samadhi Quintet.
Samadhi - achieved through meditation - is a state of consciousness where the logical and analytical ability of the being becomes silent. It is thus a space from which music flows, unimpeded by the ego's thought and judgement.
"All is number" - so said the great mathematician and spiritual leader Pythagoras. If arithmetic is pure number, geometry is thus 'number in space', music is 'number in time' and cosmology - the ordered movements of the heavens - is 'number in time and space'.
The Dance of Venus celebrates the Quadrivium - the four Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music and Cosmology, studied from antiquity as a means to perceive the beautiful numerical order that characterizes the universe.
Samadhi Quintet explore 'number in time', the essential nature of music by combining the highly structured numerical systems of rhythm found in Indian classical music and the pinpoint precision grooves and rich harmonic progressions of hip-hop.
The Dance of Venus – The magical geometry that exists between the cycles of of Venus and Earth. When viewed from the geocentric position the pattern of Venus around the Earth portrays a rose with five petals. Every eight years, when the Earth and Venus ‘kiss’ to form another petal, Venus presents the same face to the Earth – the dance of the planets
Trismegistus - Hermes Trismegistus or “thrice-greatest Hermes”, is a mythical character and the puported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts which affirm that a single theology exists which is present in all religions
Kinesphere – The spherical area around the body whose periphery can be reached by easily extending limbs while standing on one foot. It is the space within which all varieties of human movement occur
Deimos - the smaller and outermore of the two natural satellites of the planet Mars, named after the mythological Greek character who was the son of Ares and Aphrodite
Annica – the immutable impermanence of all things – is one of the essential doctrines of Buddhism. The term expresses the Buddhist notion that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, or in a constant state of flux.
Indra’s Net – Indra’s net (also called Indra’s jewels or Indra’s pearls is a metaphor used to illustrate the concepts of emptiness, dependent origination and interpenetration in Buddhist philosophy.