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gurdjieff - Improvisations
**Reissue housed in gold screen-printed jacket** Mississippi and Psychic Sounds have us rapt with this reissued suite of harmonium improvisations by mystic spiritualist, G.I. Gurdjieff (January 13, 1866 - October 29, 1949). His fascinating history gives strong context to these recordings made in the six months prior to his death, aged 83, in Paris: born to a Greek father and Armenian mother in Alexandropol, as a young man he travelled the middle and far east searching enlightenment, recounted in his semi-autobiographical book 'Meetings With Remarkable Men'. He studied esoteric religions, philosophy, science and ancient knowledge, forming his own school practising the Fourth Way or Gurdijeff principles for "awakening ones consciousness" - forms of dancing, music, and literature - counting Frank Lloyd Wright and Rene Daumal among his disciples and would cast great influence on the likes of Timothy Leary, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Robert Fripp. This record documents seven improvisations performed post-dinner in his Paris apartment during his "last musical period". They had been occurring during the occupation and in the years following, with these recordings made in the months and weeks leading up to his death. They're charged with an atmosphere and spectral quality of the space and place that's utterly captivating, even including the stifled coughs and shuffles of a presumably enraptured audience as he beautifully controls the instrument's mysterious wheezes and overtones with haunting ability. Like that recently reissued Tsege Mariam Gebru LP , there's a real magic at play on these recordings. Unmissable!