Journey Within
Eero Koivistoinen and Evan Parker

African Heartbeats by Eero Koivistoinen    Coltrane by Evan Parker

What connects these two texts?

The first-glance answer is that they are both written by European saxophonists of a certain vintage, musicians whose work has drawn inspiration from the music of Africa and the African Diaspora. Beyond that, Eero Koivistoinen and Evan Parker are clearly mindful of history, deeply respectful of cultures outside their own, and feel an urgency to pass on what they have learned.

However, this virtual side-by-side presentation of Koivistoinen’s African Heartbeats and Parker’s Coltrane is not intended to draw a close comparison between Koivistoinen and Parker or their respective fields of research. Rather, it is to form a matrix that will yield associations or resonances, if not answers, for each reader.

“The traveler is the journey,” Parker quoted Fernando Pessoa during his talk. These texts support this view, which implies that every journey is ultimately a journey within.


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