MP3 Florin Ion Firimita & Martin Meyer - Fragments From the Salt Diaries
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In the 1977, when Florin Ion FirimiÅ£ã lived in Romania, he bought a few notebooks and started a journal. Several thousand pages later, The Salt Diaries has become an artistic laboratory, a source for the artistâs mixed media artwork, photography, and fiction, including his novel Reliquary. In 2003, it became the basis for Brian Kamerzelâs documentary film, The Art of Leaving. In 2010, musician Martin Meyer started working on a concept music album based on the journal. "Fragments from The Salt Diaries" is the result of this unique artistic collaboration.
Florin Ion Firimita is a visual artist, professor, and author who traceâs his interest in art back to his father's modest amateur photo lab, in Bucharest, Romania, where he was entrusted with mixing chemicals, developing film, and printing black-and-white photos, at the age of six. His interest in drawing and painting started around the same time, under the influence of his mother, an art teacher and a fashion designer. Between 1988 and 1990, he was the manager of the painting department of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet, in Ballet, in Bucharest, Romania, and also as a costume and set painter. In 1990, he relocated to the United States. Today he teaches, paints, exhibits, lectureâs and writes art-criticism, essays and short stories. In the spring of 2001, he was appointed the art advisor for the State of Connecticut's International Art Exchange Program, in Port-of-Spain, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Lately, his fiction and essays have appeared in France, Great Britain, and in the U.S. in House Beautiful, The Sun, The Exquisite Corpse, and the Hartford Courant. His story "Birds" was included in the 2002 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. The Art of Leaving a film about the artist's life and art was released in 2003. The film was the official selection of seven international film festival such as Santa Fe, Chicago, New York City, Durango, and also Montreal's 23rd Festival International du Film Sur L'Art. Between 1990 and 2010 he participated in more than 200 solo and group exhibits. His work could be found in private and public collections in Europe, Australia, and the United States. When he is not spending time with friends in Southern France, he teaches visual arts. Between 1990 and 2011, he has participated in over 200 art exhibits in the United States and Europe. His fiction, art criticism, and essays have been published in "House Beautiful," "The Hartford Courant," "The Sun," and many other prestigious literary publications around the world. He is the recipient of a 2010 national gold medal for art mentoring and teaching from Scholastics.
American Choreographer and Naugatuck Valley College professor Elena Rusnak has created an original piece based on the Florin's artwork, using music by Ennio Morricone and several pieces from the CD Fragments from The Salt Diaries. It will premiere this spring at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT in April.
Martin Meyer is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who began playing music after listening to George Harrisonâs song "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)." He explains: 'The song stopped me, it just stopped meâ¦the guitars and all the music were âtalkingâ and I felt I could understand them.â The late amazing jazz guitarist Joe Beck has noted Martin as, ââ¦a prolific songwriter who adds a depth and emotion to his work.â A great example of his emotion and depth in music can be found in the song, âWhat Would I Do?â which was written for The Goldstar Family Foundation in 2009. The foundation is available for aid and support to United States military families.
Martin Meyerâs latest recording, âFragments from the Salt Diariesâ is a fourteen track compilation of engaging, ambient and rousing music to the poetry of Florin Ion Firimita. For the listener, the CD brings an amazing musical experience which is rich and layered with deep, thought provoking stories of life, love, trust, faith and betrayal. In a statement from the liner notes of the CD, the musician explains: "I hope the music enhances the beauty of Florinâs poetry and takes the listener on a journey within their own imagination. While writing these songs, I would look inside myself and see images in my mind from his words. I would also refer to his artwork and photographs to help channel the musical creative process." Martin played all the musical instruments and performed the vocals exclusively on the disc. The album is scheduled for release in March 2011.
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