« At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is. But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity. Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance. » (Extract from « Four Quartets – Burnt Norton » by T.S Eliot)
What TS Eliot calls « Still point » in his beautiful poem , has a special resonance for the Central African musician that I am. It’s the perfect expression of a state of trance in our traditional musics.
Rooted out of time and space, it’s the present moment, the fragile point of the balance,constantly renewed to keep in the bare simplicity an apparent immobility, the result of a very sophisticated knowledge that belongs to the old Masters.
Like a tightrope walker at the crossing point of the horizontality of the African rythmic wheels and the verticality of the occidental harmonies, the pieces I composed for a string quartet are in search for this particular point, where the souls void of the endless talk of the intellect, finally get together in the present of the music, just the music. Ray Lema
Shooted live at the premiere with the Ensemble Des Équilibres from France , octobre 2015