week 36: Nature's 'nabelmer'

The Music

“Still Morning” (5:52 mins), © Helen Davey
(for solo piano and breath)

 

 

The Art

Näbelmeer
Central Switzerland, winter 2018.

Näbelmeer,  (HD private collection).

 

 

 

Artist’s notes

In Swiss dialect, Näbelmeer means ‘ocean-fog’.  Seeing a Näbelmeer – only visible from above – is like viewing an opaque, milky ocean between alpine ridges. Sometimes it’s still, seemingly impenetrable and solid. Other times it’s shifting with liquid swells. This one began as a motionless, solid mass then transitioned into a sensuous, burgeoning canvas tinted with hues from scarlet to fuscia to mango to peach to coral to linen and cream.

To my Australian eyes, Swiss alps hold spectacular wonderment; but there were many local folk standing together watching this scene that evening, who were also spellbound. It was one of those ‘It’s all so vast and I’m so insignificant’ moments. I’m overcome by a thrilling calm at times like this.

When I recorded this piece, I’d just returned to Zuerich from my annual leave at home in Australia. Downunder it was all summer heat waves and whirlwind catch ups with family and friends. Here in Switzerland it was a wintry, white blanketed quietetude. Returning to my Swiss studio routine was like the calm after the storm. This context and the quiet majesty of Nature’s Näbelmeer merge in my sound-painting.

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Meanwhile, wishing you much breathing space to savour all the good things.

Floaty waves,
Helen
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