Svayam is João Sousa’s project of music for meditation, inner search, self study and sound healing. It began as a performance with acoustic guitar, singing bowls and voice, but is growing with new instruments. Currently studying Hindustani music, Svayam is blending Sitar, Bansuri and other instruments, as well as electronic sound design. Svayam is working with Yoga and Meditation alongside Music, exploring the gigantic concept of Nāda yoga.
WHAT WE SEE FROM THE CAVE
For me the Cave has a double meaning to this collection of sounds. For one side the Plato allegory, and the idea that somehow we’re all still in the cave, with access to shadows, glimpses of light of what’s outside the cave. On the other side, the cave as a place of retreat, self study, meditation, enlightenment; the cave as space where so many yogis and sages have spent their time, doing their tapas and innersearch.
For me both interpretations are alive in these sounds: a story of humankind, inside the dark caves, looking at the fire and seeing only shadowy shapes that wonder outside the cave, the unknown realms, afraid from what we don’t grasp but wishing for the vision; a story of a single being looking for the darkness as a place of retreat, away from all the daily fears, wondering inside the cave, exploring the shadow, learning how to see beyond the darkness, being the fire, being the vision. I chose the pronoun we, so it's up to you to join me, join us here.
In the end, completely open to your interpretation, this collection of sounds and textures offers this tale without an end, for you to read and feel as you like, inside or outside your cave, letting go of all layers, opening to new visions.
released November 1, 2020
Bansuri, Sitar, Electronics by João Sousa (Svayam) July-September 2020 (Arruda dos Vinhos, Ilha de Santa Maria)
Mastered by Michael Valentine West
Cover photo / Graphic Design by Arun Natarajan for Icosa Consultants