Sri Chinmoy performs a powerful 23 minute organ solo at the Riverside Church, New York on 23 August, 2000. This performance was a fitting finale to a memorable Peace Concert.
The full title of the album is “Love versus Power – Equal Winners”
Notes on performance
by Kamalakanta Nieves
Sri Chinmoy plays quite a few different instruments in concert. Although he typically plays between 12 and 20 instruments per concert; his record for a single concert is 170 instruments.
Among all the instruments he plays, Sri Chinmoy has said the organ is the one that gives him the most satisfaction. Hearing this performance at the Riverside Church in New York, it is easy to see why: The range of expression achieved is so much greater than any other instrument can offer.
One thing that I have always felt in Sri Chinmoy’s organ music is a feeling of expansion. I often feel like I am travelling through wide, cosmic spaces at very high speed. There is such a sense of dynamism in certain passages of this performance!
Another quality that I feel in this music is the quality of universal beauty. It is most evident to me in the soft passages, which are of unequalled and sublime subtlety.
Sri Chinmoy has always been able to combine creativity and spirituality in a very luminous, enthusiastic and self-giving way. He lives in the heart, the spiritual heart that feels love for God and for humanity. It is from this fountain of love and oneness that his creative life comes from: from his prayer-life and meditation-life. Music is one of the ways in which he tries to foster world-harmony, bringing forward a manifestation of humanity’s inner sun of dynamism, joy and life.
We are grateful to Sri Chinmoy for this most illumining offering.
Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Title: “Love versus Power – Equal Winners”
Release year: 2007
Related tags: Organ
Publisher: AUM Music
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Format: Advanced Audio Coding