Temperance: Tarot Trump XIV For Solo Piano

May 13th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

#14 Temperance - Tarot de Marseille - Yoav Ben-Dov

Take a look and listen to the video below by animator Jessica Fenlon. It features pianist Eric Clark’s performance of Temperance: Tarot Trump XIV For Solo Piano by Christian Kriegeskotte.

Inspired by the Tarot, specifically the Major Arcana of the Marseille deck, Kriegeskotte has created 22 short piano solos which together comprise his upcoming limited edition release of Le Mat: XXII Arcana. It’s really nice work.

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Inspired by the Fool

July 20th, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

Take a look and listen to this Fool-inspired piano piece written by Christian Kriegeskotte, performed by Erik Clark, and animated by Jessica Fenlon.

Le Fou [ key 0 ]

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The Chariot by Hidden Mother

May 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

#7 The Chariot from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

I posted about Tarot performance art the other day, and here we have some more.

The video below is part of Tarot des Sens, a sound design of the Major Arcana performed by the Swedish percussion trio, Hidden Mother at Capitol Stockholm 2013.

This piece is by Magdalena Meitzner and is meant to evoke the energy of the Chariot.

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Iggy Gets a Couple of Readings

May 7th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Iggy Pop has a new album out with the Stooges called Ready to Die. But if we’re to believe the Tarot reader he visited in the video below, he’s not at all ready to go just yet.

And Ready to Die should be a hit …

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The Fool in Song

January 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

#0 The Fool from the Smith Waite Tarot

The other day I posted a song about life as reflected in Tarot cards. Today we have another Tarot tune.

This one is focused on the carefree story of the Fool.

I’m not sure if the man who posted it is actually singing this cheerful ditty, but thank you Graham Pollock for sharing.

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The Wheel of Fortune in Song

August 26th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a look at the music video below by Sophia Balestri, with music by Mat Creedon.

It was inspired by Tarot’s Wheel of Fortune card and is part of a project they’ve been working on called The Project XXII.

You can see more Tarot inspired music videos at Balestri’s DailyMotion page.

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Tarot at Carnegie Hall

January 24th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

New York City’s Carnegie Hall will be hosting a night of Tarot this coming Monday, January 30th.

The performance by Sophia Serghi and Nancy Schoenberger is called The Fool and the World: Nine Meditations on the Major Arcana.

It features original music by Serghi alongside Schoenberger’s poetic interpretations of nine of the 22 Major Arcana.

Each audience member will receive a program containing illustrations of each of the cards from the show, as well as a larger image of one card in particular.

The idea is for the audience members to pay special attention when their card is ‘read’ during the performance. It will be like their own personal message within the grander whole.

What a wonderful idea. This show sounds fantastic. If you’re in New York City, check it out.

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Carpel Tunnel Vision Quest – music and a tarot deck

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This Kickstarter project is meant to support a band. But it’s not their music I’m most interested in. It’s the fact that this band wants to publish a Tarot deck.

Cash Pony, a San Francisco area rock-fusion band is trying to raise money to professionally record their first full-length LP, Carpel Tunnel Vision Quest.

But not only are they trying to raise money for recording, mixing, and mastering, they need the funds to print album artwork, and a small deck of Tarot cards.

The deck is being drawn by artist Chris Russell, and is inspired by the songs on the album and the spirit of the Tarot majors.

Songs like Omphalos, Native DNA, and Seek Truth seem to describe energies similar to the Emperor, The Empress and Judgment.

And there’s one called Price of Eggs picturing a giant glowing egg hovering above a land mass of sorts.

I can only imagine what the song’s about, but the card brings to mind the Fool ready to burst out of nothing and into the world.

This deck reminds me a little of Morgan’s Tarot, an oracle deck from 1970 that I especially like. It doesn’t follow the rules, but it makes a lot of sense.

To hear Cash Pony you can go to their website or watch the video below. And if you’re thinking of donating, visit their Kickstarter page.

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The Aleatory Arcana

June 5th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Here’s another interesting Tarot project looking for some funding …

This time the theme is Tarot and music, and the project is called The Aleatory Arcana.

I can’t pretend to understand the musical theory behind what Anthony Bockheim is attempting, but it’s got something to do with the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and his Mystic chord.

Bockheim has become entranced with the twelve tone matrix and serial music. It’s all about pitches and orders, rows and interval relationships. Too confusing for me, but he explains it all on his pledge page.

What I do understand though, is that he’s trying to use this system to musically represent the 22 cards of Tarot’s Major Arcana. And that really interests me.

In the video below, you can hear how he hears the Six of Swords. As he says himself, it’s not particularly easy music to listen to. But if you give it a chance, you might find a brand new Tarot landscape to explore.

As with all Kickstarter projects, gifts are offered to people who donate. A particularly fun one is for those who offer $100 or more to this project.

If you do, Bockheim will send you a personal three card reading in musical form, with score and music file. He won’t tell you the meanings of the cards, but lets them literally speak for themselves.

I love it. Good luck and good work Anthony!

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