The music of Kyle Nash-Baker
We featured the composer and pianist, Kyle Nash-Baker at our Gold Label Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show last week – and the feedback has been wonderful. He wrote a comment on our website in May and sent me a piece of his music to listen to – we were so impressed that we asked him to perform his work in Paris. Kyle is just 16 years old and has only been playing since he was 12. He originally taught himself by watching YouTube videos of pianists’ fingers (really !) and has since developed himself to a professional standard in a relatively short time. Kyle has a condition called synaesthesia, which means that he sees colours when he plays or listens to music. The music he played at the show consists of selected excerpts from a range of his own compositions – music that has been either totally or partially inspired by the visual aspect of his condition.
It was Kyle’s desire to combine the audio and visual experiences of his music that first drew him to Vivienne’s “Active Resistance” Manifesto – particularly her ideas on the relationship between the artist and the world around him. These ideas have inspired Kyle to write and develop much of the music he played in Paris. link
Kyle agrees with me that art rests at the centre of human existence and that the path I’ve mapped in the World Family Tree, describing Gaia vs Science, represents our best chance to navigate the problems that humanity has built for itself.
World Family Tree : Connections
I’ve been looking again at the World Family Tree and thinking about the connections within it. Looking at the simplified version above, you can see that Unlimited Profit and Consumption are the children of Progress and Quantity. Once you make a profit – and believe profit is a great idea – then the whole economic exchange is only about selling things. You are no longer making things people need or want; it’s not about what’s useful. You’re just making things in order to sell them and make more and more money.
The world is run for cheap labour and the richest people make money out of money. 400 years ago there was a completely different ethic where things had to be sold or exchanged at their proper value and people shouldn’t profit from others’ misfortune.
This is one connection you can make in the Family Tree. Can you make others? Send us a paragraph with your ideas in the Comment section of this Blog – the best will win a prize : a World Family Tree t-shirt from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection we just showed in Paris.