Maestro Dudamel has been very much involved in the creative process. His visions of how feelings and sentiments are influenced by music were brought to life in three large and unique canvas prints.
Each of the unique pieces of artwork are signed and dedicated by Maestro Dudamel and will soon be up for auction on eBay.
The proceeds will help finance a new Gothenburg El Sistema School of Music. This is a pet project of Maestro Dudamel who himself comes from the now world renowned Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela. The SBO is the most successful of Venezuela’s more than 200 El Sistema orchestras.Energy – Balance – Freedom
At the unveiling ceremony Maestro Dudamel explained what he sees in the pictures.
– It is full of energy, he said about the first, a burning eagle easily identified as the Firebird.
– Balance. Beethoven. The sixth symphony, said the Maestro. The chair is not really a chair, just a myriad of multi-colored butterflies hovering over a pond in an imaginary forest, the upper right hand corner of the chair dissolving as butterflies flutter away.
– This is freedom. You don’t know where they are going or who their leader is. And look at the beautiful sunrise, said Dudamel, pointing at the picture adding: ”The Alp Symphony. Or Zarathustra!” He looked at the pictures again and turned once more to his audience exclaiming: “Strauss! Very Strauss! Very Beethoven! Very Stravinsky”.
The pictures are created in a style known as Steam Punk. It combines fantasy and realism based on the idea that the steam engine technology continued to develop over the last hundred years. This mechanization is more evident in some of the nine paintings preceding the final three now unveiled by Maestro Dudamel.
Although Dudamel has inspired the pictures and took part in the creative process, the actual artwork has been produced by Thomas Feiner, a Swedish artist living in Gothenburg. Part of the collaboration took part in January while Dudamel and the GSO visited the Canary Islands on an extensive concert tour.
Chief director of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel is the chief director of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since the 2007-2008 season. His present contract is until and including the 2011-2012 season.
Dudamel was named the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music director as of the 2009-2010 season, succeeding Esa-Pekka Salonen.
In 1999, Dudamel was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar.
Only the three pictures mentioned above will be up for auction. Here, however, we present all twelve of them. Have a seat and let the music take you wherever you want!
Which chair is your favorite? Please comment below!
Kenneth M Linton